Alice Eckles comes clean:
I know that anyone could be reading this, but I doubt if anyone is. I have little faith. I have reason to believe that I am unimportant. I don't like the fact of it, or the understanding that I will not be recognized or publicized beyond what I say about myself. In fact I wonder if anything is worth doing unless it is fun. I have no money to publish the work of others. To publish my own book The Literature Preferred by Wild Boar I raised money with Indiegogo. I manage to sell a few copies of the novel at various events where my partner and I sell honey and our books. It's not a lot. I am by the standards of American society, poor. I seriously consider publishing the work of other writers who submit work to this press, yet if I do find some work that I am really excited about publishing then I'll be in a real fix. It's bad enough that I have to raise funds to publish my own work - how would I pay for the publication and promotion of someone else's work? In reality there are other more basic things for me to save money for: Solar panels. My hubby and I have been living in a yurt without running water or electricity for five years, except that this summer we just got running water. We hope to be able to put in solar electricity this coming summer. It is a little bit of an unreasonable hope, but it's what I feel I need...and then on to build our cordwood house. We have the foundation for the house down. To write this blog I have to go to the library and use their computers. Dancing Bee Press is basically just me. The other people on the editorial staff have agreed to be there and to consider helping with future projects if there are any. My partner and sweetheart Ross Conrad, the author of Natural Beekeeping published by Chelsea Green, was not too happy when I came up with the idea of opening my press, started for the purpose of publishing my book, to outside submissions. Too many ideas! We have enough we are doing! My last idea was: Let's grow shiitake mushrooms. We did that and it does add to the work load, but it also adds to our income, and our health. He has a point though, we have to much to do and not enough to do it with. Ross generally handles the money in our family so I put him in charge of "Donor Inquiries". On the editorial staff are also my two sisters, Margaret and Ruth, who gave me their expertise in editing and book design for my novel. Another staff member is my neighbor and friend Ambika. She is a great reader, an English major from Middlebury College, and the blurbist for the back cover of The Literature Preferred by Wild Boar. So I'm going for transparency here. No one should want to publish with Dancing Bee Press, I suppose. What do we have to offer? I can dream, I can imagine, and If, or maybe when I am in a better place with the pieces of my life, and the capitalizing of the press, I'll be able to be a real publisher, not just a self-publisher. Until then Dancing Bee Press is just a name I chose to put in the publisher-blank when I set up with the printer.