I’ll be honest with you all. If you told me three years ago that I would be starting a publishing company, I would think you were crazy. The thing is, I find myself surrounded by so much talent in the writing community I am part of, that now I can only wonder how I couldn’t do this.
It’s officially out there for the world to see now. Woodbridge Press is open for business. It is a small press, and with that you will get only a few publications a year, but we will make sure they are great books from great writers.
Books have always been a huge part of my life. When I was six my paper bird circled around the ‘Read Books’ tally around my grade one classroom, winning me the book award. I used to write stories non-stop as a child and I still have some of the notebooks with them at my house. There was rarely a day my mom didn’t have a paperback by her side, and I fed off of that from a young age.
I can’t think of a better venture for me than Woodbridge Press. It is something so close to my heart. When I’m not reading, or writing, I will now be working on publishing projects, and it all just feels so right.
The idea for The Haunting of Lake Manor Hotel came at the strangest time and I don’t think I have shared this with anyone yet. My wife and I were sitting at a pub for lunch in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. I didn’t see Daredevil but I did get an idea for a collection of stories. My initial idea was for me to write a series of shorts set in a single hotel. I let it marinate in my mind and then went on to walk my burger off in the 95 degree heat. When I got home and thought further on it, I decided it would be much better as a joint effort and if I was going to do that, then why not expedite my dream of starting a small press? From there I invited a few select people I really wanted to be part of the project and asked for a few suggestions along the way. What we are left with is a great mix of writers, some horror focussed and the ones who don’t traditionally write horror did such a great job, that you wouldn’t know it.
I am ambitious but also a cautious person, and will be taking slow steps for the first year. I have some amazing projects coming up and I will give a teaser of the follow-up projects to The Haunting of Lake Manor Hotel here today.
The second collection from Woodbridge is expected to be published late this fall. It is a Science Fiction collection by some of today’s very best small press and self-published authors in the industry. It is called Explorations: Through the Wormhole.
The third project is a fantasy collection and the line-up once again blows me out of the water. It is tentatively titled, The Journey. If the early stories from this are an indication of the book as a whole, I think we have a bestseller on our hands!
So stay tuned for news on all of these projects here and at www.facebook.com/woodbridgepress/ or @woodbridgepress