GRASSHOPPERS. I’m SOOOO sorry about that little impromptu blog break I took. I meant to post on Thursday, and then I didn’t because there was this thing called PROM, and I was setting up for it all day and also doing this:
…because who has time to blog when there are top hats and feather boas just lying around, waiting for someone to pick them up and act a fool?
ANYWAY. I have some MUY EXCITING NEWS to share with you. I am the newest team member of Blank Slate Press, an independent publishing house out of St. Louis, Missouri!
That’s right, guys. I TOTES WORK IN PUBLISHING. (Well, sort of. I volunteer in publishing.)
I KNOW. You have so many questions. Allow me to answer them starting NOW.
1) No, I’m not moving to St. Louis.
2) Yes, this is why I talked to Jamey Stegmaier on the phone the other day and left him that horrifically awkward voicemail. Jamey is one of the owners of BSP.
3) No, I’m not an official employee. I’m not being paid. I call myself an intern; Jamey calls me a consultant. I’m a consultern. BOOM. New term.
4) Basically, I am reviewing applications, reading manuscript samples, and doing some local marketing/publicity for BSP’s upcoming release, Slant of Light.
Yep, you read that right. Not only am I consulterning for Blank Slate, I’m one of the GATEKEEPERS. And let me tell you something: it’s hard to weed people out based on the samples I’ve read. There are some FINE unpublished writers out there, y’all.
What’s that? You want to know more about BSP because you’re interested in submitting your work to them/us? I AM SO GLAD YOU SAID THAT.
Here is their company bio, taken from their website.
Blank Slate Press is an adventure in the future of publishing built upon the time, energy, and financial resources of writers who simply love a good story.
Blank Slate Press is:
1) a literary arts incubator (we work shoulder-to-shoulder with debut authors)
2) independent publisher/small press
3) writers publishing other writers
Blank Slate Press is not:
1) a publisher that works only with agents
2) a buddy network of MFAs who only publish their friends’ work
3) a “self-publisher” started to publish our own work
BSP is also not a vanity publisher that will publish anyone for a fee. In fact, they are highly selective—in their two years of existence, they’ve only published three novels. That’s partially because they want to be able to devote tons of time and attention to their authors, and also because they only want to publish works that they truly love. That’s the case for both BSP and their curated publishing imprint, the Treehouse Writers’ Cooperative.
And these are the lovely people I’m working with/for:
Kristina Blank Makansi – Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Kristina is a Midwesterner with an international sensibility. She has a B.A. in Government from University of Texas at Austin and a M.A.T. from the College of New Jersey and an opinion on everything.
She has worked as a copywriter, marketing coordinator, web and collateral designer, and manuscript editor. As a voracious reader, she suffers from the “I-can’t-go-to-sleep-until-I-find-out-how-it-ends” syndrome and loves writers that can both make her gasp at a beautifully crafted phrase and at an unexpected plot twist. And she firmly believes that traditional genre boundaries should not apply to great writing.
Jamey Stegmaier – Jamey is a St. Louis blogger and writer with a degree in international business from Washington University. He worked for SPi, the publishing project management company for four years managing high-profile projects, copyeditors, typesetters, proofreaders, and authors.
He has published several essays and short stories and is the co-author of a book on innovation. He enjoys reading speculative fiction with strong, nontraditional characters and forward-moving plots. Jamey will push you to redefine the novel and the entire marketing process.
So, yeah. I’m super excited about this!
One of the coolest things about Blank Slate Press is the way they select which manuscripts they publish. Once the top five are chosen, they are submitted to a selection committee–several of which are voracious readers, but not writers.
In other words, they are the target market. And I just think it’s so cool to have people like that involved in the process.
If you are a writer seeking publication, I highly encourage you to check out Blank Slate Press. We’re looking for polished manuscripts (the same quality of work that you would submit to an agent) with great writing and marketability.
BSP is not only a fantastic option for unpublished and/or unagented writers, it’s a great option for self-published authors who want a bit more support and expertise in their journey. So if you’ve got a self-published novel and you’re looking to take it further (and you’re willing to revise it if needed), submit to us! We’d love to see it!
You can find Blank Slate Press’s website here, and if you’d like to submit your work, click on the “Submissions” tab. Aw, I bet you already figured that out, didn’t you? You’re so smart.