Sunday, April 10, 2011

What is Cader Idris Press?

View of Cader Idris, North Wales, 1878, by Sidney Richard Percy.

I've been asked on more than one occasion who or what Cader Idris Press is. Heck, once someone even e-mailed me their manuscript and asked if I'd consider it for publication. But the fact is, it's just me. And it will only ever be me. Unless you want to count my husband as my accountant, because I hate balancing the checkbook, so he does it or it doesn't get done.

When I started out on this self-publishing venture there was more of a stigma attached to it than there is now - and that's only been a year ago. But thanks to the e-book revolution and likes of Amanda Hocking, Joe Konrath, Victorine Lieske, Barry Eisler, Beth Orsoff, H.P. Mallory and dozens of others, that's not the case at all anymore. Successful and mid-list authors have come over to the Dark Side, and indie author entrepreneurs have made a dent in Amazon's bestseller lists. Isabeau and The Crown in the Heather have even been cracking the Top 100 for Bestsellers in Historical Fiction there regularly lately. That truly flabbergasts me and I' thankful for each and every reader, because for so many years I was never sure I'd have any.

Anyway, as to where the name Cader Idris (my imprint's name) comes from - there is a story about Cader Idris in Wales. Cader Idris is a mountain in Snowdonia National Park. Wales is one of the most beautiful places on earth and if you ever want to walk a little closer to Heaven during this life, go there. The legend is that those who fall asleep on the slopes of Cader Idris will awaken either a poet or a madman.

So there you have it. I'm crazy. I'm a writer - and a publisher. Check, check and check.

All my best,


Sarah Woodbury said...

When I saw that you'd created 'Cadair Idris Press' I was envious because it is such a cool name! Especially since it was looming over my novel at the time :)

N. Gemini Sasson said...

Would've been nice to have you along when I was there, Sarah. You could've taught me how to pronounce everything. My favorite town: Llangollen. Just rolls off the tongue. Lovely country. I'd go back in a heartbeat if the occasion ever arises.