Mad Endeavor Books

I am happy to introduce the website for Mad Endeavor Books. This venture will independently publish my work in eBook, Print-On-Demand (POD), and other formats.

Many, many thanks to Rose Lowry of Beechleaf Design for the fabulous work on the logo. She took my scattered ideas and made them real in a perfect and rockin' way.

The first title for Mad Endeavor Books will be released, ahem, really really soon. Finishing touches are required on formatting the text, setting up accounts, and bribing friends and relatives to say nice things about it. News will be released here, on the Mad Endeavor Books website (, Facebook, and anywhere else I can shamelessly plug my products.

As for why I am going the route of independent publishing, one reason is the changing landscape of the publishing business. The other reason is simple. You have to be a little crazy to be a writer. It is truly a mad endeavor.

Houses Big And Small

Back on the old blog I posted a corporate map of the big publishing houses and their science fiction/fantasy imprints. I meant to follow up with noted small publishers as well, but didn't get around to it.

Until now! I decided to repost the major publishers and fill in some blanks. Part of my research was done in Barnes & Borders, scanning the spines for imprint information. While a small number, there were books by small publishers on the shelves, which was encouraging. Also, quite a few books in the (no disrespect meant) women's/romance-speculative vein. As noted below, many companies want to be in on that sub-genre.

Where the list is lacking is YA imprints. I tried to note a few but that wasn't the focus of my research. Also, the list of small publishers is nowhere near complete. One can find an exhaustive list at the Locus website. My subjective rules for listing the small publishers below were

1) They had a book on the shelf when I visited Barnes & Borders
2) They have published an author I have heard of.

What is stunning to me is the apparent personality disorder of some of the big publishers. It's as if they can't make up their minds under which brand name they want to put their science fiction and fantasy. There are probably reasons for this, but seems like an awful messy overlap of function and direction. And while much of the corporate hierarchy is unchanged from a year ago, I wonder if that will still be the case a year hence.

The list is below the break. Hope this helps.


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