Cuil Press, LLC: Lifetime Resolutions

Cuil Press is the indie publishing company Michon and I started a couple years ago. It’s had a very slow and rocky start, but I think we are finally finding our stride.

This particular resolution is in many ways the weakest. Not because my commitment is lower, but because I don’t have as clear an idea of what I am trying to achieve.

Partly, that may be because Cuil Press wasn’t my dream to begin with. It was Michon’s. And while I’m the one who grabbed the bull by the horns and said ‘Okay, let’s do this!’ ze is still the visionary of the Press. But a bigger part is that I’m afraid to come up with a specific goal for the Press.

I grew up watching disagreements about what direction to take a family business tear that business (and, as it appeared) family apart. It was only much later that I understood there never had been a family as I understood the term. Only people who felt stuck together by blood ties and business ownership.

Any goal I have for the Press risks coming into conflict with Michon’s vision for what it can and should be. And after what happened to the business my grandfather started, that possibility worries me more than it probably should.

So realistically, what do I want for the Press?

I want it to be bringing in enough money to pay us a reasonable amount for the time we put in and be able to offer our authors reasonable advances.

I want to be able to keep it going as a viable business, possibly even something that other people can pick up and continue after we retire.

I don’t want it to become a full-time job. (See Bookshelf)

I want to stay true to the ideas that led to us creating Cuil Press in the first place.

I think that’s enough.

Blog posts related to this resolution will be about editing, marketing, small business, the publishing industry, and other related stuff.