It’s not pinin’! It’s passed on! This press is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet it’s maker!
It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! It’s pushing up the daisies!
It’s metabolic processes are now history! It’s off the twig!
It’s kicked the bucket. It’s shuffled off it’s mortal coil, run
down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!!
THIS IS AN EX-PRESS!!
If you hadn’t guessed, Bundoran Press, the small Canadian publishing house of which I was honoured to be a part, has closed. There were three of us. Hayden Trenholm, his wife Liz Westbook-Trenholm, and myself. I was a silent partner, so much so most people didn’t even know I was part of it. I didn’t acquire books or edit those we bought. That was Hayden Trenholm’s domain.
My contribution was mostly posting ‘commercials’ book trailers on our YouTube channel. They weren’t high-production, but they were creative and already more than what even big New York publishing houses did for their authors. I also sat at the table in cons and did the occasional panel to represent Bundoran Press. I got involved for various reasons. I just got divorced. I had some money in the bank I was looking to throw away…er…invest.
But most of all I was a writer myself, and like most writers I have a dream of having a novel published. I wanted to help make that dream happen for other writers. It’s that simple.
And we did.
Hayden and Liz are also writers. All of us have won awards for our work. Because we were writers we understood what is was like to be on the creative side of publishing. We paid our authors and gave them the royalties they deserved. We promoted them as best we could, given out limited finances. In that we can all hold our head high and say Bundoran Press was one of the good ones.
But publishing is a tough industry with very little give-back. Covid-19 hasn’t helped. Most of our revenue comes from convention sales and conventions are on hold during the pandemic. Bundoran was very much a labour of love. Unfortunately, the object of our affection tended to be jealous and very high maintenance. When you’re a writer who has a ‘real’ job and a family and a life, your time is limited. So it is with us. We all agreed it was time to move on.
Our books have either won or been nominated for countless awards. We are proud of our authors and the books we put out. Most of all, I’m happy to have made the dreams of a few people come true. When questioned they can point at their bookshelf and say, “Why yes, I have been published.”
Thanks to Hayden and Liz for putting up with me. Thanks to all those who helped make Bundoran Press happen. And especially thanks to all of you who bought or helped promote our books. It was fun, but I fear it is time to begin pinin’ for the fjords.