Happy New Year and “A Written Laxative for my Emotional Constipation”

Hey everyone, Joe, resident captain of the P. lotor Press ship, here! First of all, I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year! 2019 was a dumpster fire for a lot of us, but I know 2020 is going to be better. 

Why is that, you ask? Well, for one thing, Forest Gerlach’s debut chapbook of poetry is finally hitting the world as of January 1st! This is P. lotor’s first release, and it has been an incredible journey and one heck of a learning experience.

This is something I’ve always wanted to do but never had the courage to do it until I read Forest’s first draft of his chapbook and he mentioned that he wanted to get it out into the world somehow. This was my chance! I had just been handed an amazing collection of work, the author wanted to get it out into the world, and he happened to be one of my closest friends and would likely blindly trust me to publish it? It would be easy, right?

Well… definitely not. It turns out starting a small press on top of everything else in one’s life is no small undertaking. And, in traditional Joe fashion, I charged in headfirst without knowing much about what I was doing. I was familiar with how self-publishing worked, but “doing it big” turned out to be VERY different.

Of course, there have been hiccups. I’d originally planned on having every edition ready to launch on the 1st to ring in the new year, but due to a violent stomach bug (which Forest has now too, sorry friend!), misunderstandings about how the world worked, and a multitude of other things only the PDF, Pay What You Can Edition, and special hardcover “Mustard Edition” are available for order on the site. (Though, we are still waiting on the special editions to hit our doorstep so we can send them out.) The regular, paperback edition should theoretically be hitting all the big online retailers any day now (so I’m told) and hopefully I’ll have the problems with our audio edition handled by the end of the weekend if not tonight!

While this has been one of the most difficult trial-and-error experiences of my life, it’s also been one of the best. Working with Forest and Lianne (our wonderful editor) has been a joy, and our whole community has been super supportive and understanding throughout the whole process. And the best part? We’ve learned a ton that we can take with us to our next release – which is a secret that you’ll learn about some other time. 

For now, it’s time for me to get back to work! We’ll be sure to let the world know when the missing editions go live, and to all of our wonderful preorder friends – you should be getting an email soon with a PDF copy of the special edition to tide you over until we get our hands on the incoming shipment and send them out!

Love you all!

  • Joe

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