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Friday, July 2, 2010

Epitaph of an E-Publisher

Last month, the electronic and POD publisher DLSIJ Press closed its doors after twelve years of offering publication to women authors. I have been a published author through DLSIJ Press for eight years. DLSIJ Press gave me and my creations a home, taking a chance on an inexperienced, untried, fledgling author. This small, dedicated e-publisher helped me not only to understand the business and markets but to become a better, more confident writer.

I can only guess at the reasons for their closure, but I do know that it's a loss for authors and readers alike. DLSIJ Press was a well respected publisher dedicated to quality work and integrity in their handling of the business and their authors. Though they were small, they offered the kind of personal, earnest attention to detail that's difficult to find in this fast-paced world of quantity-over-quality.

I wish them well in everything they do. Love you Sid.

Peace and love,

1 comment:

  1. Wonderfully said, Michelle. As another DLSIJ Press author, it has been a tough one to see them close, especially as I'm like you, they accepted and published my first novel. It was a dream to work with Sidney, and I respected and valued her as a great editor. I miss her. I looked forward to working with her each and every time. I hope she is continuing to use her talents in the publishing world.

    I'll never forget the day I got the acceptance from DLSIJ Press, sitting at my computer reading that email with tears streaming down my face. My lifelong dream had come true. Now that they've gone, it's an attachment that's hard to let go of. But you know as well as I do that part of being a writer is perseverence. We will keep on writing and submitting. That's just what we do, 'cause we love the written word.