Thank you to everyone who have followed Swimming with Elephants Publications and to all those whom we met in 2016.
This year meet with some rocky times, and SwEP did not escape some of that downfall. We slumped in sales which lead to fewer publications than in past years. We had to end our quarterly anthology series due to lack of funds and low submissions. Also, a powerful project, entitled “Woke,” fell through which lead to disappointment for this Editor in Chief.
However, the year can not be denied some excellent successes. We have had some amazing author’s join our Parade including Wil Gibson, SaraEve Fermin, and Jennifer E. Hudgens.
One of our most popular titles, They Are All Me by Dominique Christina, has been picked up by the Women’s and Gender’s Studies, Sociology, Public Health, and Gender/Cultural Studies Department at Simmons College in Boston, MA. Also, one of our authors, Manuel Gonzalez of …But My Friends Call Me Burque, was named ABQ Poet Laureate and continues to perform prolifically around the New Mexico.
We also continue with our charitable causes by participated in putting together anthologies for All Access and Voces, an ABQ based youth program. We continue to work closely with various members of the community to create publications to spread awareness and give the youth a voice.
Most importantly haven’t gone bankrupt yet and are hopeful that we will be able to fund future projects.
The new year looks promising with an upcoming release from Gigi Bella, a chapbook contest guest judged by Jessica Helen Lopez, along with some other hopefuls projects peaking around the corners.
We have also started a new monthly feature series and have already received a grip of submissions. Learn more about this series here and keep those submissions coming.
If you are one of our authors, please remember that your success does depend on your hustle. We will support you in every way possible, but the best (and most profitable) way to get your books into people’s hands is to place them there yourself. Share your work publicly by booking features or mini tours.
If you are one of our readers, please continue to check out our latest publications and submit reviews to Amazon, Goodreads, or send us a review for the website. We are always looking for more reviews and more readers.
Thank you to all for your support. We will be seeing you in 2017.