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Being a Publisher

You've mentioned that you have long term plans to get into publishing. Is this because you think there's a niche in the publishing market that you'd like to fill or are you just interested in starting your own vanity press?

I want to be in control of my work. It's not that I think that publishers are evil, or anything like that, it's just that I like the idea of being in control of it. I think it comes from watching musicians who create their own label and then make and produce their own music, and have complete control over it. That strikes me as a difficult and time consuming thing, but at the same time more fulfilling for the artist.

That said, I'm also aware that it's not going to happen in any big way any time soon. I don't know anything about publishing and I lack the money to be able to do it properly. In addition to this, if I was to do it now, it would be seen as vanity publishing, which I'd rather avoid for the stigma attached to it. But if I can do a bit of time with some major publishing houses, learn how things work, and get myself a solid reputation, I think it's something I'd really like to do then.

On a smaller scale, and a more immediate one, I am interested in doing it just to test it out, and creating a small, personal thread that I can do with work that won't command a big audience and which won't interest a publisher. Offbeat things, really, but offbeat and personal to me. Something I can try by making it something that I own and control from the floor up.

The Ben Peek Show

(I thought this made a nice follow on from yesterday's quote. I have no idea when I'll be in a position to do it, but we all need goals, don't we? It's like my goal to win the nobel prize. Yes, that's a goal of mine. Why not? You seen the money they give away with that?)