We are so glad you took the time to visit us, and we appreciate it very much. This site is still under construction, so bear with us as we continue developing it. Initially, this site was intended to be a place where authors, and other various types of artists, could showcase their products and sell them. As time goes on, we hope it will become a place where these folks can also exchange ideas and share resources.
Edelweiss Publishing is not a typical publishing house. We do not ask people to sumbit their material, make them edit it into a state unrecognizable from the original, and then reject it. Instead, our goal was to bring various talents together, a sort of collective of independent artists, to share ideas and resources. In trying to release our first few titles, we found that almost everyone can do all of this by themselves, but it's a huge learning curve. It takes time away from development of their "product", unfortunately often leading them to become discouraged with the entire process. We want to help people overcome this massive obstacle and show them that it CAN be done.
As time goes on, this site will adapt to the needs of our members and readers. Eventually, we will be able to offer a range of products and services that no single independent author could afford for themself. For example, we may have one member who has the talents to do fantastic graphics work, to help members with book cover design and illustrations. Another member may have specialized printing equipment to allow the graphic designs from that other member to come to life. Although each of our members is in business to make money, our hope is that each of these independent members will keep their costs reasonable. Most products and services that Edelweiss Publishing will provide are going to be based around a Cost+10% model, where possible.
When founding Edelweiss Publishing, I had most of the skills I needed to get a buisiness going. I have learned so much more than I could possibly imagine. Originally, I thought ... write the book, ship a few copies, give most it to the government in taxes, and enjoy the rest of my income. Yeah ... not the way it works in the real world peoples. Just creating this site was a time inventment that has has challenged every wirting and production schedule I could come up with. If everybody did what I had to, nobody would ever get anything published. Our goal is to try to consolidate, and offload, some of those nasty tasks, allowing people to focus on their passion.
Everybody has a passion. We can't help eveyone, but for those that we can, we will do our best. Having a dream crushed is a terrible thing. It keeps people from reaching their full potential ... and there is a huge amount of potential out there that we want to help cultivate.
Bounce over to our "Contact Us" page and drop us a line. If you have ever thought of writing a book, let us help you. Don't EVER sell yourself short. Everyone has a story in them, waiting to get out. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it. I have more material than I can ever write in a single lifetime, but I'm highly motivated to try. It seems that the more I write, the more possibilities there are.
I hope you find our site was worth your time to visit. Remember that the overall site is still in development, and we have a few rough edges to carve off and smooth out. If you are looking for a good book, please pick up a paperback or Kindle copy of The Singularity (hey, a little shameless self-promotion never hurt!) ... now available on Amazon.
Be well ... and have a great day!
Kurt "commaKazi" Graf
Owner - Edelweiss Publishing; Austin, Texas