Setting Free the Butterflies
As the end of another year approaches (eek!), it has come time to make an announcement that I’ve been sitting on for some time.
In 2016, I started a new project. It was an idea I had to help aspiring authors become published writers, and so Chasing Dreams Publishing was born. It was a big dream, one based on ideals and aspirations that rejected the notions that publishing was restricted to an elite group of people, that writers had to sell their souls to get noticed, and that you had to write a bestseller in order to be an author.
I still reject all those beliefs. Anyone can be an author. Anyone with the drive and ambition and discipline to sit down, write, rewrite, edit and market, can make a success of their work. Anyone who dreams hard enough to translate those dreams into real, actionable goals, can make writing their career.
Over the last five years, I’ve learnt a lot more about publishing than I ever thought I’d know when I started this journey. It has been an incredible one, full of unplanned scenic routes I never expected to need to take on the way. I’m so grateful to everyone who’s been a part of my travels, daring to chase their own dreams alongside me.
In 2019, Sasta joined me on the road to making dreams come true, and she has been an invaluable support, a motivator, a partner I have been blessed and privileged to chase dreams with. Her passion and commitment to helping authors attain their goals is unrivalled – she takes every book on board as a personal project, determined to see it become the best version of itself it can possibly be.
I am so proud of what I started, and what we’ve created together. It hasn’t always been easy – starting a new venture seldom is. There is a lot still to learn. Chasing Dreams Publishing is the product of a dream made real, but it’s also the product of other personal dreams and ambitions put on hold to nurture this. It’s been sleepless nights, and endless research and juggling other jobs to fund the necessary expenses that make a business run. I wouldn’t change any of that for the world. I learnt so much, gained skillsets I never expected to have, and have been a part of seeing authors light up when they see their books made real for the first time.
So I know you will understand when I say that it’s time for me to let go of Chasing Dreams Publishing, so that it can continue to grow and expand and make a reality for millions of other authors. I fully believe that with Sasta at the helm, it will be millions! It’s not easy setting free a dream held for so long, but dreams change and grow as people do, as businesses do, and I cannot think of a better person to help CDP reach its full potential than Sasta.
In practical terms, what does this mean for our Dreamers – authors past, present and future?
In short – poetry authors already signed with us have been working with Sasta from the beginning and will continue to be nurtured and supported in her very capable hands. Fiction authors with signed contracts will have the option to publish through us when their books are ready and I will remain on board to work with them on edits before handing over to Sasta for publishing. Once our current contracts have been honoured, Sasta will put new fiction submissions on hold to focus on poetry. Poetry is where her soul sings, and I can’t wait to see the dreams she’ll inspire in others through it.
We’re so grateful for the trust and support shown to us so far, and excited for the next phase of our journeys. Though I’m stepping down as owner and director, Chasing Dreams Publishing will continue doing what it does best: promoting and inspiring authors to make their dreams real. I can’t wait to read all about it.
I leave you with a quote from a poet many of us are probably familiar with, but which sums up this journey perfect:
"... Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
- Robert Frost