It came to my attention today that Dark Chapter Press is over a year old. I avoided Facebook for much of Saturday, sometimes it’s the best way to relax, but when I made a fleeting visit and saw this blog post from Rob McEwan, I thought one thing.
I’m a busy author, so some things slip under the radar. The fact the very press I work for has just reached its first anniversary is phenomenal. Rob sums it up perfectly in the blog, and some of the comments are excellent – so full of praise from the dedicated, hard-working authors we have come into contact with over the past 365 days. The blog post is totally worth a read. Go on, do it now…I’ll wait.
Read it? Good.
One year ago, I submitted a flash fiction piece to the very competition he mentions in the blog. I won with my submission, Pieces, which now has a home in Whispers – Volume 1: A Collection. This was my first attempt at flash fiction, so for Rob to pick it as the winner was a proud moment for me. Which brings me to my short point…
I said a year ago that Dark Chapter Press were going places. A year on, hindsight is awesome. If you’d asked me a year ago if DCP would have Shaun Hutson provide the Kill For A Copy foreword, I would have said yes. Call it intuition or something more, but I sensed that Dark Chapter Press were going to make waves. Sometimes, you just know, and seeing DCP progress, evolve and develop in the way I thought they would, it makes me proud.
Is it because I work for them? Of course, but even if I wasn’t, I would still be supporting DCP in every way possible. The reason for this is simple – Rob McEwan is a hard-working publisher who busts his arse to make quality horror books for true horror fans. When he approached me to become an editor, I didn’t quite believe it, but to be involved in something so special, so amazing – well, there are no words.
When I submitted my flash piece last year, he could have shot it down, rejected it. I wouldn’t have minded, it comes with the territory, but he didn’t. In fact, Rob ensured that my piece received the recognition it deserved and since that moment, I have had more confidence in my flash writing. A year on, I see this in Rob everyday; he is proud of the writers who come to DCP, the authors willing to dedicate their time to their craft and reap the rewards. As a result, people submit stories and DCP is slowly becoming the name on everyone’s lips. A good publisher should be nurturing the future of the industry, encouraging them, and DCP do just that.
DCP are going places, it’s true, the proof is in the pudding. I knew this a year ago and now other authors are starting to realise. It’s been one busy, successful year…and here’s to many more.