[Continued from Part Two.]
I think the single harshest word in the English language is, “No.”
I also think “no” is the one word that can really drive me to get off my backside and get motivated. So, in a weird, in-Alex’s-head-only-does-this-make-sense kinda way, “no” is also my favorite word in the English language.
It’s a good motivator, is what I’m trying to say.
I can’t help my ineloquence.
You see, I have a lot of ideas floating around in my coconut, and some of them are even worthwhile. I tend to get very passionate about things, and once I have my heart and/or mind set on something, I get really frustrated if I can’t see it to fruition.
When I started my own (tiny, independent) publisher with two of my best friends, one of the biggest reasons to actually go out and do stuff on our own was the simple concept of not having anyone there to tell us “no.”
It’s our money, it’s our time, and when it comes down to it, it’s whatever we want to publish, in whatever form we want to publish in.
I’d had the idea for a publishing house for quite a while, but it took a conversation one Sunday morning in an NYC diner to put the idea into practice. It’s always more fun to do stuff with friends, so we decided to give it a go.
Sure, it’s been a slow ride to where we are today, and we still have, well, pretty much all the work still in front of us, but we’re at the really exciting part.
As I’ve said in previous posts, I’m now waiting on the final art for my children’s book, which will be the first product we put out as a publisher.
But I think it’s important for us to establish ourselves as being capable of producing new, different, high-quality work. That last bit—the high quality part—is super important. We need to be able to show that we can go toe-to-toe with the big boys in terms of production value, even if—heck, especially because—we’re just three people who decided to start a publisher.
I know we have some cool stuff that we can show the world. I know that we have the independent spirit within us, and that we’re totally capable of pulling this off. Next time, I’ll talk about the process of “pulling it off.”
[Continued in Part Four.]