To lovingly usher projects from rough manuscript to a beautifully designed and well-edited book in hand.
WHy quokka was started
There are too many beautiful voices and too few avenues for them to be heard. As the founder and editor of Nomadic Press, I have come across so many amazing manuscripts that have been submitted to our press but simply due to budgetary constraints, we were not able to publish them. Many are lovely, heart-guided projects, projects that push at boundaries and attempt to open new frontiers of imagining ways of being in this world. And with the advent of so many avenues to self publish, more people are able to get their work out into the world than ever before. But so often I have come across self-published work that really could have benefitted from some attentive love and care from trained eyes with regard to editing and design. And in so many of the self-publishing avenues, writers are going it alone, which can be daunting and lacks one of the most beautiful parts of publishing: the relationship between writer and editor, or in this case, writer, editor, and designer. That’s where Quokka comes in.
a few beliefs that guide my work
You are more than enough.
Your work, published or not, has merit.
The physicality of holding the book is not the end of publishing—it is one of many midway points on a never-ending timeline of relationships: between you and yourself, you and your work, you and your editor, you and your readers. We are never one thing, and the book is not the destination. But don’t deny the magic of holding your book for the first time.
Ubuntu: I am because we are. Never can we sever ourselves from each other. We are constantly in relation. Your work is my work. We are.
“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”
Unfortunately, self-published authors still face an uphill battle when it comes to getting their work out into the world and not surprisingly, bookstores, traditional or indie publishing houses, and even other published authors or unpublished writers/readers treat self-published work with far less respect, at times, than it deserves. And just as there are “bad” books that have emerged from traditional publishing houses, so too are “bad” books put out into the world via self-published means. I put “bad” in scare quotes because I do not believe bad books exist; I do believe, however, that there are books put out into the world well before they may have been ready either because the works lack a consistent, authentic voice or the content needed severe push back or revising prior to coming into the world.
I believe the following is true about publishing:
The publishing industry emerges from, and maintains, white supremacy and continuously carries this lineage within it.
As with any tool, we have the power to turn publishing on itself and use language to craft a better world through the destruction of white supremacy.
Our work is not to legitimize our stories through the lenses of white supremacy. We have a right to exist and owe nothing to anyone for the right to tell our stories. As Toni Morrison once said:
“The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language and you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of this is necessary. There will always be one more thing.”
I will usher your project into this world with a personalized love, proven track record, and trained set of eyes that you won’t find anywhere else.
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