I recently had the chance to chat with the
owners of a newly opened publishing company. So, without out
further delay let’s hear from the owners of
Tell us a little about how Lyrical Press, Inc got started.
Renee: I’ve been in the publishing industry for roughly three
years (as an author and cover artist). Frank and I felt we
were ready to take the next step and open our own publishing
house. Our goal has always been to provide authors with a safe
home for their work and, as a general publisher, offer readers
a wide variety of books.
Was it difficult to get the business up and running?
Renee: Most new businesses have an uphill climb. Given the current
state of small press’ and the level of distrust authors have in
them, it’s made things that much more difficult. Frank and I are
fighters and we’ve already earned our authors’ trust and proved to
readers we are putting out quality product.
Being married, do you find it difficult to balance the business and
your home life?
Frank: Absolutely not. Renee and I have always been partners in
everything and we’re best friends, so working together just came
I love your logo! Did you design it yourselves?
Renee: No. The drawing is the work of a wonderful artist named
Jocarra. She was kind enough to allow us use of it for our logo. The
intertwined dragons represent Frank and me.
What is the most difficult aspect of running the business?
Renee: Balancing motherhood and work.
Frank: Thinking up a new marketing plan that’s not been done
Do you have any concerns with starting the business with the number
of e-publishers that have recently shut their doors?
Renee: This is a yes and no answer. Yes, because, again, the
current state of small press’ has cast a shadow over publishing in
the romance community. No, because romance isn’t the only genre we
publish. As far as we’ve seen, outside of the romance community the
publishing industry hasn’t been tainted by the recent rash of
closings of small press’.
What type of stories are you looking for? Are you looking for
certain word counts?
Renee: Our minimum word count is 30k. We’re actively seeking all
genres except for poetry and young adult. Currently, however, we’re
on a ghost hunt. We’d love a good old-fashioned gothic ghost story!
We’re also looking for a great urban fantasy, something really dark
and atmospheric. All titles over 70k go print, so we’re definitely
looking for longer works.
Where and how do authors submit their work?
Frank: They submit directly to our Editor-In-Chief, Emma Wayne
Our guidelines are listed here:
You already have some great writers publishing with you. Did you
draw some of your friends with you?
Renee: It was inevitable that a couple of my friends would offer
their support for Lyrical by submitting to us. They understood they
would have to go through the same submissions process all authors go
through. Thankfully, my friends understood this and weren’t too
upset if we had to reject them or offer them the Revise and Resubmit
option. Some, though, we accepted since their writing happens to be
exactly what we are looking for in a manuscript.
Do you take care of all aspects of the business…choosing the work,
publishing the work, and operating and maintaining the website?
Frank: I handle the marketing and payroll, leaving the creative
side of the business to Renee.
Renee: I maintain all the sites associated with Lyrical Press. I
also designed all the cover art. There are about a zillion other
things that need doing on a daily basis, which makes for having such
a fantastic Editor-In-Chief, something Frank and I never take for
Are you fully staffed at this time or are you looking for people?
Frank: We’re fully staffed. As we grow we’ll start looking for more
editors and maybe a cover artist or two, although I think Renee will
have a hard time giving up covers art. She really loves doing them.
I have visited your site and it is easy to maneuver through. Did you
design it yourself or do you have a web designer?
Renee: Thank you! I designed all of Lyrical’s sites. However, we
did have a friend set up the bookstore and for that, we’re eternally
grateful. Now that it’s up and running I’ll maintain it.
How do you promote your site and your writers?
Frank: We’re going the traditional road (banner/cover ads on
popular sites, having a presence on Yahoo Groups, promoting the
business at future conferences, etc.). We’re also venturing outside
the box and have ideas we’re working on that we’re keeping to
ourselves for now!
What do you enjoy most about your new business?
Renee: Since this has been a dream of mine since I signed my first
contract, I love just about every aspect of running a publishing
house. From offering a new author their first contract to adding the
final detail to one of our covers…I love it all. Well, almost all.
Rejections are something no one likes to have to do and given how
much love and effort authors put into their books, it’s horrible to
know that not every book submitted can be accepted.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us? Is there
anything important that I have forgotten to ask? You are my first
publishing company interview.
Renee: You’d never know we were your ‘first’! All I’d like to add
is that I truly appreciate the support of our readers, authors and
staff. Also, thank you for allowing us to sit down with you. It’s
been a pleasure.
Frank: Yes, thank you. It really was great to talk with you.