Gary Earl Ross
228 Highgate Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
The Writer's Den
A Cooperative, Non-Profit, Invitation-Only Press
Titles from The Writer's Den:
For information on each title, or to purchase directly from the printer, click on the cover.
Nickel City Nights, erotic stories and poems from Western New York
Force Beyond Lace, poems by award-winning poet Denise Amodeo Miller
Sister Amnesia, Evil, and Katherine Hepburn's Brownies two novels and a play by feminist mystery writer Joan Albarella
The Empty Chair and The Still Empty Chair, writings inspired by Flight 3407
Neko and the Twiggets, a magical musical children's tale by playwright Donna Hoke, illustrated by Jessica Gadra.
Woodland Heart, poems of the natural world by award-winning poet Marjorie Norris
Small Crafts, poems by award-winning poet Perry S. Nicholas
What I Would Not Unravel, poems by award-winning poet Karen Lee Lewis
Night Wanes, Dawn and Steeling America, poems by artist and poet George Grace
Memories: My Earl Life in Germany and Sweden, a memoir by Paul L. Kester
Books by Buffalo area authors from Other Presses Recommended by The Writer's Den:
Julia Williamson: Little Pig, Little Pig (for children)
Linda Lavid: Rented Rooms (Stories), Thirst (Stories), Paloma (Novel),
Gunilla Theander Kester: Time of Sand & Teeth (Poetry)
Fred Tomasello: Walking Wounded (Combat Memoir)
Gabrielle Burton: Searching for Tamsen Donner (Memoir)
THE WRITER'S DEN, A COOPERATIVE, NON-PROFIT, INVITATION ONLY PRESS
Publishing a story or book has always been a difficult undertaking.
For many years, publishing houses and magazines, both large and small, served as gatekeepers for literary culture. Editors determined what books, articles, and stories were worthy of seeing print. Traditionally, an aspiring writer sent an unrequested typed manuscript to a book publisher or magazine for consideration, even though the odds were 100 or more to one against a book or story being sold. This was called "over the transom" --the transom is the window above old-fashioned office doors. Such manuscripts ended up in "the slush pile," where low level readers looked for something outstanding to send up to the next level. When (usually not if) the book or story came back in the mail, the author sent it to the next publisher and the process began all over again.
Today publishing is different. Most of the larger publishing houses are owned by a handful of international megacorporations concerned chiefly with profit. Likewise, the most widely distributed magazines rarely, if ever, publish fiction or poetry. That task is left to poorly funded "little" magazines and journals. Self-help books and articles, celebrity tell-all memoirs, scandals, and fashion news overwhelm creative writing as the basis for publishing. All this means that even though more books and articles are being published, there is little interest in developing the literary writer.
Alternatives to these trends include online magazines and print-on-demand publishing (POD), which means that anyone can publish a book if he or she is willing to pay fees which range from modest to exorbitant. While the old publishing model kept many good writers from being published, it was also a safeguard against spreading the work of the irredeemably bad. Generally, online magazines still have an editorial structure but POD has no such safeguards. If you have the money, you can buy your way into print--which means online bookstores are growing more cluttered with unreadable books from non-readers who can't write.
Enter The Writer's Den, spun out of the original Writer's Den website. The Writer's Den offers cooperative, invitation-only publishing. It seeks no manuscript submissions. Writers will be considered only if their work has already been vetted by some kind of professional review. That is, such writers are invited to submit only if recommended by a respected source, or if their work consists of previously published short stories or poems, or their plays have already been staged by a respected theater company. Then the Den will work with the author to develop the best possible book, from editing to set-up to cover selection. Exceptions to the requirement of having a publishing history are original anthologies compiled and published by the Den after a call for manuscripts or a book by a writer with a substantial history history of publishing with the Writer's Den.
In the same spirit of cooperation, The Writer's Den also recognizes, endorses, and publicizes work by Western New York writers published by other presses.
The Writer's Den--the next stage in the evolution of the book.