Walrus Publishing, Inc.

From Publisher’s Desk

As a writer, I always found getting published to be a pain in the rear-end.  It was mostly a pain because after I did all the work of submitting the manuscript there was little hope of ever hearing back from the publisher and for the most part when I did hear back the response was along the lines of “thank you, but no.”  Not exactly the encouragement required to keep up the motivation for the next round, in spite of the wonderful “how many rejections did you get this month” contests I would get into with other writers.  Finally, I just figured it was better to write for myself, publishing be damned.  Then a strange idea came to me.  Why not just be the publisher?

The idea rolled around in my head for months.  The more I thought, the more I read, and the more questions I asked, the more things started to come together.  “Yeah, yeah, I could do this.”  Why did it seem like a good idea?  Well, I came to realize that while I am a capable writer, I am a much better editor.  More importantly, I like working with writers.  I like helping them develop and improve a manuscript.  It is from this passion, the passion for working with writers that Walrus Publishing was born.

It was born right here in Saint Louis, hometown, or nearly hometown, to so many great writers past and present – The ones we’ve studied in school like Kate Chopin, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, T.S. Elliot, Eugene Field, Maya Angelou or the ones we’re reading today like Laurell Hamilton, Michael Kahn, John Dalton, Angie Fox, Heather Brewer, Irene Hannon, or John McFarland just to name a few.  With a list like this, all I can say is “What better place to ‘birth’ a publishing company?”

You see, Saint Louis already produces great writers, so it’s a good bet that there are more to come, and we want to find them!  We are dedicated to giving talented, local writers a “leg up.”  For Walrus, it’s all about working locally.  Saint Louis writers don’t need to send their manuscripts to some far away publisher who may or may not respond.  They can work with Walrus and get the personal attention a writer from Saint Louis deserves.

We’ve been pretty successful at doing that so far.  For example, our very first publication, Flood Stage, was an anthology of fifty-five Saint Louis poets, the first of its kind in recent memory.  We are currently working with four other writers for our next publications.  It’s been a wonderful experience getting involved with the writers and writing community in the Saint Louis area.

What we are doing now is getting the word out about Walrus to local writers and local readers.  There are several avenues we are working.  The first is very basic and very personal – word of mouth.  While this may seem pretty mundane in a world so filled with social media, nothing can really replace the personal connection that a face to face conversation brings.  We are going to readings, workshops, and open mics across the Metro area making connections with the writers and poets and the community who enjoys them.  These venues and experiences have helped us build relationships so vital to working with writers and poets and serving to deepen the connection between them and their audiences.

Of course technology cannot be ignored, and we haven’t.  As you can see, the website is growing to include event articles, writers’ tips, and interviews.  We are laying the foundation on this website so writers and readers have a place to come together as an online community.  We are augmenting this with our Facebook presence as well.  It’s a little less formal and certainly an easy way to let you know what’s going on out and about not to mention what’s going up on the website.

This month features tips from Lisa Ebert, whose book we should be putting out next summer.  We are also posting a number of featured articles from events such as John Lutz’s reading at Left Bank Books, Llewellyn’s Open Mic night for Emerging Writers, and many more.  We’ll keep you posted on what’s going on literary event wise in Saint Louis.

We hope you will “stay tuned” with us as we grow.  I know I’m looking forward to getting to know you and the rest of the community.  It’s going to be a great ride!

9 comments for “From Publisher’s Desk

  1. Christine Krause
    August 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I, like Tif, loved reading the story of your beginning. Thanks for leaving me your card, your site in now marked in my favorites. I will keep checking in!

    • lisamiller
      August 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      Wow, that was fast! Thanks for coming on the site.

  2. lisamiller
    August 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Irene – The series sounds very exciting. I’m looking forward to reading it! You are incredibly busy with so many books coming out. We’ll make sure to have a review posted on here. Thank you for the link to your website. Please keep coming back. We love to hear from you!

  3. August 3, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Lisa: Hope you like Fatal Judgment! That’s Book 1 in my three-book Guardians of Justice series (though each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone novel). This series revolves around three siblings in justice-related professions. Fatal Judgment focuses on a U.S. marshal and a federal judge. Book 2, Deadly Pursuit, will be out in about two weeks and features a Navy SEAL turned police detective and a children’s social service worker. The final book, Lethal Legacy, will be out next year. And all of them take place in St. Louis. Right now, I’m working on a new series featuring former law enforcement buddies who’ve formed a PI agency. It, too, is set in St. Louis! (Can you tell I love my hometown?) I do venture further afield as well, however. I have a contemporary romance series called Starfish Bay starting in January with Seaside Reunion. It’s set on the northern California coast. So lots of books coming in the months ahead. If you’d like more info, do check out my website at http://www.irenehannon.com. And again, thanks for singling me out in your blog!

  4. lisamiller
    August 3, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Irene! Thanks for your comment. Of course I listed you as a prominent Saint Louis writer! You have received terrific reviews for your many wonderful books! No doubt you should be on the list! I’m looking forward to digging into -Fatal Judgment – this weekend. Perhaps, I’ll start it at Ted Drewes – absolutely love that place. Any scoop on what’s coming next?

  5. August 3, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for listing me among prominent St. Louis writers. I’m honored! Also, as a St. Louis writer I like to use the city and its surroundings as the setting for many of my novels, including my mid-August release, “Deadly Pursuit.” I often hear from St. Louis readers who enjoy seeing mentions of spots that are familiar to them–like Ted Drewes!

  6. lisamiller
    August 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

    It really has been good working with everyone and getting to know the community better. Lots of great people. Still amazed at how much is going on around here.

  7. Tif
    August 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I have loved reading the story of how Walrus was born! I am very excited about the new site and can’t wait to see all the great articles to come!