Welcome to Twisted Souls Press LLC. Some of you may recognize the name as we’ve technically been around for a while on Facebook, and a site has been attached to my author page just as long.
We just recently got things set up officially and registered the press as it’s own entity, and got it it’s very own web address. It is still very early in the set up process, but it is here, it is functional, and we are here to serve you!
I want to share some things with you. I hope they serve as inspiration and encouragement to not give up. This industry is so hard, messy, and stressful. Pay can be downright shitty and spaced so far apart that you have no idea how you are going to achieve your dreams no matter how good a writer you are.
I didn’t have a lot of local support. I didn’t have anyone asking me every morning what my plan was for the day or ask how the writing went at the end of the day. I had to be my own cheerleader a whole lot in the early days. It’s not like that now, but nothing at all is how I expected it to be when I got started.
This point, for us, has literally been in the works for 3 years and it wasn’t part of my original plan. I just wanted to write, publish, and sell my books and make a decent living doing it. That was my plan. The universe had something completely different in mind.
I published my first book at 40. I also exited a 5 year relationship, got my nose pierced, and my kids were all grown up and living on their own that year. I’d been self-employed or a sahm since 2009. Having a whole house all to myself all the time was an ongoing wish, until it actually happened. The silence was unbearable at times and I had to literally learn who I was, what I enjoyed, and what I wanted to do with the next phase of my life.
Writing and publishing a book was a life-long goal I’d held pretty much secretly for so long. I’d mentioned it to some people when it first hit me (13 years old standing in line at a B&N buying my first book), and all I heard was “you can’t make a good living that way. Do something else”.
While they weren’t wrong, it’s paid peanuts compared to my hopes and dreams, they weren’t right either. I’ve had so many jobs and worked on so many projects that I found no enjoyment in over the next 27 years because I was afraid I wouldn’t make it as a writer.
It’s been 7 years now since I published that first book. I haven’t made it as a writer. I don’t have a USA Today Best Seller to my name. I’m not anywhere near rich and famous like I dreamed I would be. I am happy though. I am loved and supported better than I ever dreamed of being. I’m a published author now I’m also part of an amazing team helping publish other people’s dreams.
How can we help you?