What is Storm Moon Press?
by S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet
In January of 2010, K. Piet, Roger Armstrong, and I decided to create the small, independent publishing house Storm Moon Press. It was mainly the means for K. and I to publish our own material, as we didn't want to relinquish any of our rights to a third party. We wanted complete control of anything we wrote, from beginning to end, and the creation of the press was our way of ensuring that.
However, about three months before we took that plunge into founding the press, we decided we would like to publish other authors, too. We set about doing that with our first anthology. It was a pretty vague submission call we made, just seeking GLBT erotic fiction that was based on cards from the Major Arcana. We were really surprised when we received plenty of submissions and were able to create a balanced anthology with six stories.
By the time we completed the contracting phase with our current authors in Cast the Cards the three of us decided we definitely wanted to do it again. We have two new calls for submissions out at present for anthologies coming out next year, and we're hoping to eventually add other individual titles by other authors. Our goal with the press is to always publish our own work, but we'd like to cultivate a small (very small) stable of authors to write within our erotic fiction and non-genre fiction lines.
The original mission of Storm Moon Press was to provide a space for GLBT and alternative lifestyle erotic fiction. As the three of us discussed the foundation of the press, we chose to limit our scope within these parameters. We noticed a glut of options for traditional mainstream romances in the e-press world, and felt that there was a need for an independent, small press that catered to non-heteronormative relationships. Over the course of this year, we have made the decision to expand that mission to include more mainstream erotic fiction as well as non-genre fiction.
This evolution was mainly due to K.'s and my writing, as we expanded as authors. We wanted to write mainstream romances as well as non-genre fiction, and we planned to publish those under the Storm Moon Press banner, creating imprints in which to release them. As we made that decision, we felt it was only natural to expand our mission and what we would accept. At the moment, we have no open submissions for the new imprints, and we don't expect to until late next year, but the seeds for them have been sown.
At this point, our mission and goal has become more expansive: Storm Moon Press seeks to publish quality fiction with beautiful cover art in electronic, print, and audio book formats. Our first e-book was The Keeper, a M/M non-traditional vampire tale, and it is our first audio book as well. Cast the Cards is our first print book, as we plan to print all works over 60,000 words. We don't want to be big or have hundreds of releases every year. We'd much rather work in a smaller fashion, with a dozen or so authors on a regular basis with both individual title releases and anthologies, as well as releasing our own books consistently through the year.
Our intention has never been to be a big press, only a quality one. We want to be successful, of course, but our definition of success is different than most. It doesn't involve making huge sums of money for ourselves. It involves creating something that we can be proud of, so we do hope that readers and authors will give us a chance as we move along that path.
Current release: Cast the Cards Anthology with Janine Ashbless, Erik Moore, Emily Moreton, K. Piet, Marie Carlson, and S.L. Armstrong
Upcoming release (December 1st): Rachmaninoff by S.L. Armstrong and K. Piet
S.L. Armstrong and K. Piet are the authors behind Storm Moon Press, LLC, an independent press that specializes in erotic fiction. S.L. has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember, but K. Piet's interest in writing only piqued once she met S.L. five years ago. They formed a lasting partnership, writing and running a publishing house together, and it brings them great satisfaction. You can find their works at Storm Moon Press' website.