Peach Orchard Press is the self-publishing imprint for K.C. May and Alane Hudson -- two pen names for the same writer. My books are self-published; I'm not trying to hide that fact -- I'm proud of it! By creating this imprint, I'm communicating my intent to deliver professional-quality books that are every bit as enjoyable as books you'll find from traditional publishing houses. I do everything a publisher does: I edit the books, format them for publishing, buy cover art, write the promotional material, market the books. For me, this is a business as much as it is a labor of love. Why not just spend my time writing and let a traditional publisher handle everything?
With the entire publishing industry in flux, it's hard to know whether a writer should spend two years or more trying to find an agent and then land a publishing contract (and settle for less-than reputable royalty rates), or just take the entrepreneurial route and self-publish. With Amazon KDP, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and Nook Press, it's easier than ever to self-publish for the multitude of ereaders that are being sold today. For those who still prefer print books, CreateSpace and Lulu offer print-on-demand services to enable self-publishers and small presses to deliver high-quality paperback or hardcover books without the huge monetary investment of yesteryear. I can even hire a narrator to make audiobooks through ACX and distribute them at iTunes and Audible.
But with this ease comes the age-old warning: Caveat emptor. Buyer beware. Anyone with access to a computer can publish books, which means there are a lot more poor-quality books available than ever before. There are also a lot more great books than ever before! Reader reviews can help, but readers need only put their trust in themselves by sampling books before buying. Only you know what you like in a book.
There's a segment of the reading population that equates self-publishing with bad books. Sadly, they are misinformed. Happily, they are the minority. I don't believe that only large corporations, like HarperCollins or Simon & Schuster, should dictate what people read. Now even the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has opened membership to successful self-published authors, and happily, I am now a member.
Thank you for giving my books a try. I sincerely hope you enjoy each one.