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A new Beginning: KML Publishing

Updated: Dec 12, 2019

All things start with a new beginning. This is mine. Welcome to KML Publishing.

Ever since I was a little girl I wrote in my journal about my dream to become the bestest most amazing author of #fantasy and #sciencefiction. A pretty big dream for a little dyslexic girl who couldn't write. I still don't know if I am ever going to achieve that dream - or what that dream really means to be honest.

I often reread my journals in a seeking to understand the passion and drive of what once drove me so straightforwardly towards a goal. I was unashamed of my hopes, unashamed of my dreams. I fundamentally believed I could - and that I would - be all that I set out to be.

Due to starting out wanting to be an author so young, I've followed the publishing world for most of my teenage and young adult life. A good twenty years now. Much has changed in just that short amount of time. It has been an industry I have loved deeply. The whole concept of being able to take the work of an author and bring it into life in the form of a paperback or a hardcover book excites me so much and the more I learnt, the more I fell in love.

My dream of being an author gradually changed, growing into something even bigger (because, of course it did, isn't that what dreams do).

I didn't want to just see my books and world come to life - I wanted to see other author's books and worlds come to life, to see their books on bookshelves in bookshops. To see their faces light up in delight.

I want to publish books.

"Be the change you want to see."

This phrase kept repeating itself to me, over and over again the more I studied the publishing industry and the more I became disillusioned with it. It wasn't the difficulty of getting "chosen" by one of the major companies that frustrated me. When I was a teenager I thought it was one of the greatest achievements to be chosen out of a "slush pile" by a minor editor in a Publishing House. I would have worked my entire life towards that achievement (a blog for another day perhaps) - but over the past twenty odd years the industry has changed (and I am not just talking about the introduction of self-publishing, though I am sure I will talk about that someday). No. I'm talking about politics. I watched as the thing I loved most in the world became divided, and I no longer felt welcomed. I felt like an outsider. It was no longer fun, and exciting to attend events when those events only talked about how writing dealt with political things. I do not like labels. I do not like being placed in a box, and suddenly, it seemed as if I had to conform to ideals and labels others desired for me. To even submit a synopsis I had to label myself.