Grand Openings

Our Grand Opening is tomorrow.  June 21st, 2012.  Grand is one of those words that has multiple meanings for me.

My grandchildren call me ‘Grand.’

“How do you like being a grandmother?”

“It is just grand!” And it is.  A long time ago, in a book by Madeleine L’Engle – one of her later ones, I believe, the one character called her grandmother that.  As a ten year old, I thought that when I was all grown up, I wanted my grandchildren to call me ‘Grand.’ Well, I’m not quite sure, at the grand and glorious age of 58, if I am all grown up, (don’t think so) but the kids do  call me Grand!

Grand can imply huge and glorious and fantastic.  Our Grand Opening of Wynwidyn Press will be huge FOR me.  My dream is coming true which is glorious. That it is happening at all is fantastic. If it weren’t for a wonderful sister-in-law who invested several err grand into Wynwidyn Press, I would still be at the dream stage.

I have no clue outside of family, friends and my authors (How cool is that??? My authors! LOVE it!) how many folks are coming or will show up.  Wouldn’t it be just grand if an extra ten or twenty or 5349 people wandered in?  I truly hope some people (that I do not know) want to know who and what we are and come by.  That would be GRAND!

Then there is the difference between ‘an opening’ and a ‘grand opening.’  What makes one grander than the other?  Balloons billowing overhead?  A brass band or heraldic trumpeters?  Super-extra-special-today-only prices?

We’ve got a really awesome cake coming!  Super authors.  Great deals on books.  If someone were to come and then come back with a book, we’d give them a $100.00 discount–no, NOT a grand! We DO need to make money, after all, this is a business!

But then again, our ‘opening’ WILL be GRAND!  Why? Because Wynwidyn Press is people who have heart. We believe in our authors.  We understand our authors because we are writers too.  We understand the heart, hard work and joy that goes into a book. We ‘get it!’

Someday, down the road a bit, when we have lots and lots of followers, perhaps someone will happen upon this blog and think that we might just be the self-publisher for them.  They might call, or drop in and see just what we are all about.  They might sign up with us and soon be holding their book in their hands. Hopefully, they’d mention this particular blog.  They’d still get the discount…but that is not the point.  For someone to see this months from now and want us to do their book…that…that…THAT would be just GRAND!


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Every now and then, one finds themselves at a crossroads.  The way behind, for whatever reason, has a big ‘CLOSED TO ALL WANDERING TRAFFIC’ sign across it.  The way ahead has a detour sign pointing off in new directions.  The ‘indecision-what do I do now’ meter wavers back and forth until the internal clock-work spring sproings and one is left sitting bemused at the intersection of ‘What Was’ and ‘What Could Be.’

So I thought, considered, dreamed and wondered.  Then after a few choice comments from wonderful friends and a well-placed boot in the butt from my dear sister-in-law, the thoughts became coherent and I had…

My Epiphany

if one is fortunate, perhaps,
or brave, or
just determined,
life happens in a specific way to lead you,
with flashing arrows
(should you choose to look)
down a specific path, and looking
back you wonder
how you could possibly have missed the signs.

I am leaping and this Robin
shall grow wings in the leaping,
as I fly towards
this dream, long sleeping,
but now awakened
as the rubble fell around me;
crushing one dream, and yet, in
the ‘all things for a reason’ vein
bleeding into another
which shall grow from salt watered tears, but more,
from the knowing that
it is time
I fly.

I know how to do what I need to do and what I may not know, I am good at finding folks who do.  More importantly, I know what NOT to do.  I’ve learned much about people and customer service and I certainly know/understand/get writers.

Writers.  We are an interesting, creative, not always logical, emotional breed.  I love working with creative souls.  Surrounding myself with creative souls who can market and edit and do all sorts of amazing things her at Wynwidyn Press is such an experience.  I am living the dream and loving it!

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Welcome to the Words of Wynwidyn

Well.  Blogs are cool and fun and all that.  I usually write newsletters, but this will be a combination of random thoughts, thoughts on writing and ideas about publishing, getting manuscripts ready for the next step or fun happenings going on at Wynwidyn Press!  It is a dream finally coming true to have my own small press.  Up front, we are a pay to publish self-publishing enterprise.  We do all the editing, layouts, cover designs, ISBNs that one needs to get published the self-publishing way and are a good fit for those who do not want to do all that themselves.  We also offer marketing and all sorts of good stuff all of which is explained on our website

Having said all that, feel free to go check it out!

On to the dream.  Frankly, it is a scary thing to decide to open your own business; to take that extraordinary leap of faith and pray that the sky-hooks miraculously appear and that all will go well. It takes time.  I know that.  But we do have authors, and we have books out (check out as well as several other books coming out in the next few months. *big smile*

There is something very precious and special about watching the emotions play across the face of a writer beginning to consider the possibilities of actually being published, or seeing an author holding his book in his hands for the first time. Joy, sheer delight, almost a giddiness comes over them and you can almost see their inner self leaping and dancing.  These moment are what I love about what I do.  There are those who scoff at self-publishing or call it a vanity press.  Published is published.  Either one can submit manuscripts numerous times, maybe get accepted, possibly get an advance.  Of course that advance is against the royalties you hope to accrue when the book is a smashing success.  If it is.  There are no guarantees at either end of the spectrum. Or, one can invest in themselves, take that leap and then work like the dickens to do what it takes to give it a shot.

Writers write because we can’t not write.  Once the book is in the author’s hands, then the work starts.  Book signings, marketing, doing what it takes to get the book out there.  We work very hard to help our authors succeed.  We don’t toss events at an author and send them on their way; we teach you how to do the interviews, signings, events etc.  Oh and we charge extra for that, right? NOPE!  Because, this whole process is, for me, what it is all about.  Sure we all want to make some money… but I want authors to succeed, to be happy and feel excited about what they have done, are doing and will continue to do.

That’s why I started my company!!!


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