The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
I am going to take a HUGE leap of faith in this post. Thank you Randi Lee, Chrys Fey, and Elizabeth S. Craig for encouraging me.
I’ve been a business owner since 1990 when I opened Photo Impressions. I spent years doing stock photography for Cat Fancy, Homes Illustrated, etc. I moved into weddings and portraits and even shot an album cover.
I also got involved in MLM in 1995. Amway/Quixtar, part of the Winters Marketing group. Yes, I made money. I’m still an IBO because the XS energy drinks and Nutrilite vitamins are great. I also learned so much about running a business and about leadership and people skills during that time.
In 2007, I officially launched my professional speaking career. (I’d already been speaking in front of groups and on stage.) By early 2009, I was a member of the National Speakers Association. I still do my seminars and speak to groups.
But eight years ago, I launched a business that has become my life. I had high aspirations for it, mostly to help other writers as well as make money for myself. I studied the industry for two years before I felt confident enough to start out on my own. I wanted to do it right and be as professional as other companies in the industry.
Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
That’s right - I own Dancing Lemur Press and its imprint, Freedom Fox Press.
The first few books were mine. But I didn’t start DLP just to self-publish. I set up this LLC to take on other authors. Everything is done as the big boys would do it - dozens of review copies sent out, CIP blocks, ISBN and bar codes, professional cover art and formatting, advertising, etc. And over the years, I’ve been blessed with some great authors - Alex J. Cavanaugh, Tamara Hart Heiner, Beverly Stowe McClure, C. Denise Sutton, Beverly Weeks, and many others. DLP/FFP now has 20 titles to its credit, with 2 more coming out in the next 2 months, 2 in the works, and another slated for the end of the year. We’re a small publisher - just three people on staff - but we are 100% dedicated to the authors we bring on board.
When I started in 2008, self-published was still a dirty word. I knew to separate me the author from me the publisher. But now, eight years later, it’s no longer such a stigma. And Dancing Lemur Press LLC is an established press with many authors.
But it’s time. Because I have several things I can now share!
First, is that Dancing Lemur Press is open and looking for submissions in several genres.
Second, that Freedom Fox Press is also open for submissions for those writers who want more control and profit.
Now you know! I didn’t write How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now on a whim. I’ve been doing this for years. And I want to help other writers avoid the pitfalls I encountered. Maybe even help a few authors along the way through the book, my seminars, my formatting services - and through Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. and Freedom Fox Press.