We are excited to announce that an audio version of Blue Territory by Robin Lippincott will be produced by Blackstone Audio. So pleased that a company of their caliber sees the beauty in Robin's lyrical book. We will tell you how to order when Blue Territory is available in audio format.
Tidal Press is at that phase of growth where we could use a little help. So, after supporting several other projects over the years, I created a Kickstarter campaign. I hope you will be able to support me. It is a great way to pre-order books or order current books with extra bells and whistles. Here is the script from the video:
"I’m Laura Jones and I am the creator of Tidal Press. I am asking for your help to publish three beautifully written and captivating books by three terrific authors in the next 12 months.
I love books that both elevate and entertain. Honest books that are written in simple but lyrical prose. Books that explore the life of the underdog, the outsider, the seeker. Books about misfits who may or may not win in the end. Books that ask the big questions, and that make you feel less alone. Books that make you feel, period. And think. And sometimes, that are funny. Because without a little humor, the big questions can crush us.
In the end, I believe good stories – whether they are short or long, true or made-up, drawn with words or pictures – simply make us better people. So to make these kinds of books, two years ago, I created Tidal Press, a one-woman story-obsessed micro-publishing company. I have edited, designed and published six books so far.
Writers and readers started to find me. Now I have three more amazing manuscripts – one novel, one biography and one memoir - that I selected from hundreds of submissions I received and read over the past year. I picked them because when I started reading, I couldn’t put them down.
They are a diverse group: To the Last of a Good Thing, is a philosophical post-apocalyptic road trip buddy novel about hope, love and the end by first time novelist Evan Senie. Pick Nick is a political biography of the Congressman Nick Galifianakis who served in the 1960s by historian John Semonche, who is also my dad [flash photo of Dad and photo of dad holding me as a baby]. A Pack of Lies is a hysterically funny memoir with a heart and a really unique point of view by Kristen Brakeman. I am working on some great cover ideas for this one.
I am trying to raise $9,000 – $3,000 per book – to design and publish the best quality books I can and get them into wide distribution. There is more information on everything below including a cost breakdown as well as links to excerpts so you can read for yourself. And rewards are over here.
If you are able to support me, you will get an insider’s view of the entire book production and promotion process with regular, exclusive backer updates. You will also be doing more than helping to bring these three books to market. You will be providing a foundation for Tidal Press to grow from. If you like my mission, my idea of good stories, it would mean the world to me to have you all as part of my Kickstarter, part of the story. Thank you."
There is an old quip about stories that says there are only two basic plots. One, a man goes on a journey. Two, a stranger comes to town. If that is true – and I think in some ways that it is – then why do we need more books or, indeed, another publishing house?
Ouch. That is like asking someone opening a restaurant why she is bothering since there are already plenty of places to buy food. Or asking a musician why make a record?
We need more books because books renew us, and thanks to the pace of modern life, we need a lot of renewal. Every book captures a moment in time as translated by one individual. Books speak to our current collective condition from the writer’s current individual condition.
We need another publishing house because there is amazing work out there that is not getting into the hands of readers. We can’t leave it to the big corporate publishers to select work for us to read, or else we will turn into citizens of “The Center” as described so terrifyingly by José Saramago in The Cave. (A great book, by the way.)
Tidal Press will bring you great stories. Our goal really is to transform your reading, to make it easy and pleasurable for you to select good books with the confidence that your time will be well spent reading them, and that your life will be enriched thanks to your reading experience. We want to become your trusted resource. We want you to tell your friends: “Oh you have to buy the latest from Tidal Press. You will love it.” We will work hard to bring those books to you. We hope you will take that journey with us.
Think about Tidal Press and the other small presses out there as you would your favorite corner restaurant or your local tomato farmer. Small is good. But even if you do love big corporations and chain restaurants (and hey, I like Nike and Starbucks sometimes, too) I think you will like our books.
We will start by publishing four books in 2015. As we are building our catalog, we will also bring you reviews of books we love – and books we don’t – so you will know more about our sensibility. It’s like the “If you like X, you’ll like Y” suggestions from Netflix and Amazon.
Thanks for visiting, and come back often.