Genji Press is the personal publishing imprint for Serdar Yegulalp, an ægis that I use for books of my own creation. Since I'm discovering that most of what I want to write and publish centers around Japan or Asia / the Far East in general, I chose a name and an image (the Genji clan crest) that seemed fitting. (Addendum: I'm in the process of deciding a new name for the project. See this post for more context.)
Everything that is published through Genji Press is my own creation — not just the writing, but also the artwork, typesetting, layout, the whole package.
Go here for a quick rundown of what I have in print right now.
Why did you start doing this?
I started Genji Press for a few reasons:
I wanted an outlet for my work where I had complete creative control, so I could publish what I liked without having to deal with the whims of the market or worrying about what would be popular or not.
I wanted to reach the audience of my choice directly, again without worrying about marketability.
I wanted to demonstrate that self-published work could be of high editorial, artistic and literary quality.
I wanted to have fun doing all of the above.
With the advent of print-on-demand publishing, it's become not only possible but easy for me to make all this happen at minimal cost to myself. I can sell individual copies and still make a profit, although I do make a bit more if I manage to sell in volume.
Will your books be available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the Kindle store, etc.?
Yes, depending on the editions. E-books have taken off to such a degree that I've decided to start marketing my newer work directly as e-books, with print editions as an adjunct via print-on-demand services.
What happened to thegline.com?
That was my old domain name. Over time I decided to phase it out, as the name really didn't tell people what I was all about (among other things). thegline.com will continue to transparently redirect here for the time being.
[If you have other questions, don't hesitate to post them here so I can add them to the FAQ.]