ABOUT ANNE FRASIER

Anne Frasier (a.k.a. Theresa Weir) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of thirty books. Her memoir, The Orchard, was an Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the October Indie Next List, a B+ featured title in Entertainment Weekly, a One Book One Community Read, Target Book Club Pick, and Books-A-Million Book Club Pick.


Friday, September 11, 2009

PLEASE VOTE!


Please take the time to vote for a publishing house name.


update: two new awesome suggestions:

Tupelo Press
Belfry Press

love Belfry Press. Would like to add that to poll, but I don't know if I can without losing current votes.


Due to the premature death of Quartet Press, I will most likely publish my blacklist. I don't need a publishing house in order to do that, but why not? I feel it would be better to establish a name now, because there's no telling what the future holds. I often daydream of starting a house that would be equivalent to a small indie record label where I would publish one or two books a year. I would do the content editing and line editing, but I would use freelancers for the copy editing, proofing, and epub formatting. For the writer, it wouldn't really be much different from self publishing. The only difference would be my editing and guidance, and my name and publishing house backing the material. Oh, and I'd take a small percentage.


All of the possible publishing house choices have personal significance.

Perley Station was a village that burned down in the late 1800s. The only building left standing was what is now my church/writing studio.

Tuonela was the fictional Wisconsin town in my books Pale Immortal and Garden of Darkness.

Black Tupelo was a bar/whorehouse in Play Dead.

But maybe it's best to be totally straightforward and use names.

I like them all, so I need help!

update: suggestions welcomed and appreciated!

26 comments:

  1. I voted for Perley Station because it's the easiest to memorise and spell. It does make me think it's to do with music or radio, though. I don't know if that's a good thing?

    Tuonela makes me break out in a sweat because I'd never be able to memorise the spelling.
    Same with Tupelo. Weir-Frasier is easier, but I do tend to spell Frasier as Fraiser and Fraser.

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  2. Thanks, Maili. It took me a year to figure out how to pronounce Tuonela, so I think that could also be a problem. And yeah to the all of the Frasier spellings! I should have mentioned that I'm also open to suggestions!

    anne

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  3. I voted for Frasier-Weir though I like the sound of Black Tupelo better.

    But Frasier-Weir is easier to spell.

    I'm not sure why, but I don't like the sound of Perley Station. Sounds like a ranch? Is that what you want? (I'm a city girl and staying out in the country for more than a week gives me hives.)

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  4. no, i don't want something that sounds like a ranch. haha! i was concerned that perley station sounded a bit too down home. but a cool logo might remedy that.
    anne

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  5. I think that Black Tupelo rolls off the tongue, and the spelling is simple once you've seen it.

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  6. Sewicked, I agree about spelling. IMO Black Tupelo seems easiest to spell.

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  7. I gave this some thought, haha!

    Ok, I like all of them. I really like Perley Station but since the village burned down and I didn't think it was good sign for a new biz.

    My second thought was Black Tupelo because Play Dead was my all time fave, but then I thought some might think Multicultural. So I went with Tuonela Press as my vote, but I admit I do not know how to pronounce it.

    I would go with Tupelo Press. :)

    This is cool!

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  8. kelly, your comment about the village burning down made me laugh. i didn't think about that. :D and i can see how Black Tupelo could sound multicultural... hmm. do kind of like Tupelo Press. *nodding my head*

    anne

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  9. Perley Station does, in my view, sound too down home. That's a perfect way to put it.

    Tupelo Press is 'neater' in the euphonious sense.

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  10. Perley Station works for me, not sure why exactly --except maybe that it also suits the image of your home that I have in my mind's eye, all white and everything. It is as easily an old train station or trading town as it is a space station, too, so I see it as quite timeless with that sensibility of both meeting place and place of business.

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  11. I like them all. I voted for Perley Station because I like the underlying meaning -- your publishing house remains after the (creative?) destruction going on in publishing today.

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  12. becky, i like that viewpoint. (and have to admit I've been thinking how hard can it be? ;) )

    likari,
    yes, that went through my mind too. do like that idea.

    and of course now that i've put up my poll, samhain has contacted me about possibly publishing Bad Karma through them. They have great distribution, so I know they'd be able to sell a lot more copies than I could ever do with my little Kool-aid stand. Damn.

    anne

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  13. hah! and i have to laugh nervously while throwing some graveyard dirt over my shoulder when i think how bad karma was set to be a launch title for QP.

    anne

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  14. My favorite is Belfry Press.

    Big full moon behind a silhouette of a belfry with 3 bats flying... 2 in the upper left, 1 in the lower right.

    Doxy

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  15. I like Belfry Press. Somehow, it really fits.

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  16. Paul, thanks for the vote! I do love the word Tupelo for some reason. Doxy, now that's getting a little too gothic... I think I'd need a logo that worked against that. on the other hand, the image and name would be memorable.

    jason, i like the idea of a tolling bell, and that's what i think of when i think of belfry.

    anne

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  17. i think i'm going to have to start a new poll:

    Black Tupelo
    Perley Station
    Belfry Press


    anne

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  18. oh my: https://www.tupelopress.org/

    anne

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  19. I want to vote for Belfry Press...that would have a kickass logo.

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  20. I voted for Tuonela Press before I read your post, then I changed my vote to Perley Station. I love the story behind the name.

    vanessa jaye

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  21. hi emeraldcite and vanessa! thanks for voting!
    i think i will put up a new poll tomorrow and include belfry press. so surprised that few people chose frasier-weir. that was prob my least favorite, but it seemed practical with the name recognition and all. I'll be retiring that idea. heh!

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  22. just don't make it weir-frasier, because somebody's going to think "were frasier" and that's just . . . silly!

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  23. I like Black Tupelo. Named after a whorehouse? What's not to like?

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  24. likari -- i actually like that. :D

    stephen, maybe i should just call it whorehouse.

    also thought about mercury retrograde.

    anne

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