I want to publish the author's dreams, print them, and then know that others are holding them, too.
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Why a publisher?Calling for submissions makes me privy to talented writers, artists and painters via stories, poems, and pictures.
1996, a girlfriend asked me to transcribe her handwritten novel manuscript into type. I accepted. The novel was so intriguing! That's when I knew I had to be a publisher. I edited two books and reviewed others.
In 2006, my creative writing teacher, who assigned the class to write about life from an inanimate object's point of view, inspired me. Some students braved the read-out-loud request. I was so impressed that I thought there needed to be an entire magazine related to this! That's when my first magazine, Perspectives, was born. The first entry was life according to the eyes of a soul—not an inanimate object, I know, but I wasn't comfortable rejecting contributors.
Fast forward ten years. I had a problem. I couldn't find any publications that promoted peaceful content to represent the feeling I had when I read the poem "A Psalm to my Beloved" by Eunice Tietjens. Solution? I conquered my limitations that were locked gates but turned out to be gateways. I created my own! Hence, Halcyon was born, which eventually became the current Halcyon Days.
Other publications included Twisted Endings and Christian Perspectives—six magazines and over 60 issues, all created and designed by myself.
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Chapbooks and novels.