The Journal, Friday, 3/31

Hey Folks,

Wow. One day left in March. Just today. It went by so fast!

By the time you read this, my buddy, my grandson and I will be doing little or nothing in one of the more beautiful spots on Earth, about 500 feet above the Gila River about 20 miles north/northeast of Lordsburg NM.

Back on Monday, April 3.

Topic: Indy Publishing Company/Imprint

For this topic, just in case anyone needs it, I’m basically expanding on an answer I wrote in response to an email inquiry awhile back.

You can find this stuff and a lot more in my Quick Guide to Self-Publishing & FAQs and The Essentials of Digital Publishing.

You can get both of those free by visiting, scrolling down and clicking on the links.

For now, here’s my response to “Can I Set Up My Own Publishing Company? What About Imprints?”

Yes, you can set up your own publishing company (or imprint).

For whatever name you have in mind, I suggest first you do a search on Google to see whether it’s already taken.

For example, if you own chickens and decide to use Bantam Books as your imprint, that would be a legal no-no because it’s already taken.

And no, your publisher name doesn’t vanish when you distribute through Smashwords or anyone else.

The front matter for my short stories on Smashwords reads like this:

Title of Short Story
Author Name

the Smashwords Edition of
a FrostProof808 publication
an imprint of StoneThread Publishing

For D2D and Amazon, it reads the same, but with “the Smashwords Edition of” removed.

Just so you know, the name of my publishing company is StoneThread Publishing.

One imprint of StoneThread Publishing is FrostProof808, under which I publish most of my short fiction. So if this were for a novel, the front matter would read like this:

Title of Novel or Short Story
Author Name

the Smashwords Edition of
a StoneThread Publishing novel

and again, “the Smashwords Edition of” would be removed before I submitted the document to D2D or anywhere other than Smashwords.

And yes, you can have more than one imprint.

For most of my short fiction, I use “a FrostProof808 publication.” For my more colorful, spicy short fiction, I use “a Blue TidBits publication” (um, and a pen name). For my nonfiction books on writing, I use “a Stippled Page publication” and so on.

But all of these fall under the umbrella of StoneThread Publishing.

To aid you with legal indemnity, I also recommend you set up an LLC, but that is not strictly a requirement. Both StoneThread Publishing and are LLCs.

Hope this helps some of you. Of course, I welcome questions and comments.

Today, and Writing

I’ll resume this segment when I get back.

Of Interest

Over at Dean’s site today, “The Magic Bakery: Chapter Two” at Folks, this is a must-read for writers.

You might also want to scroll back through a few posts here and check some of the other sites I’ve mentioned recently. I’m not sure why they make it difficult (or impossible) to subscribe.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 500 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 500

Writing of The Pyramid Killer

Day 1…… 0978 words. Total words to date…… 978
Day 2…… 3630 words. Total words to date…… 4608
Day 3…… 3764 words. Total words to date…… 8372
Day 4…… 3826 words. Total words to date…… 12198
Day 5…… 2521 words. Total words to date…… 14719
Day 6…… 4109 words. Total words to date…… 18828
Day 7…… 5401 words. Total words to date…… 24229
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 56690
Total fiction words for the year………… 208556
Total nonfiction words for the month… 20750
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 57340

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 265896