From The Editor's Desk: Publetariat Takes A Holiday And Gives Thanks

Publetariat staff will be unavailable from Wednesday, 11/25/09 through Sunday, 11/29/09 (in the Pacific time zone) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. New articles will still post on the usual days according to schedule, but no email or contact form correspondence will be answered, no comments will be moderated and no memberships will be processed until Monday, 11/30/09.

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, I’d like to take this opportunity to express my personal gratitude to all of Publetariat’s contributors and just as importantly, if not more so, to you: Publetariat’s audience. After all, the wonderful work and input of Publetariat’s editorial roster doesn’t mean much on this site unless it means something to you.

Thank you for making Publetariat a part of your writing and publishing life. My aim in founding the site was to give self-publishers and small imprints a welcoming home on the web. I wanted Publetariat to be a place where their specific needs for industry news, assistance with the craft and business of authorship and publishing, and an interactive community would be met, and their informed decisions in publishing would be honored. I wanted Publetariat to be a place where they would finally get the recognition and respect they deserve. 

The credit for making that dream a reality rests with you, the Publetariat community.

I am deeply humbled by how quickly the site has grown in traffic and memberships since its launch on February 11 of this year, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t also express my gratitude to the larger community of kindred independent artists in every field, publishers, writers and authors of every stripe who’ve embraced Publetariat and have supported its vision even if they themselves are not involved in any way with self-publishing. 

So thank you, every one of you: self publishers, indie artists outside of publishing, micro and small imprint operators and staff, mainstream publishers, mainstream published authors, aspiring authors, industry watchers, literary and publishing professionals in all walks, readers, book bloggers, teachers, academics, members of the media and yes, even Publetariat’s critics. 

I wish all of you a happy and restful few days, and look forward to rejoining you Monday.