As publishers, Mess of Geckos Publishing requires magic. Whether a book is about paranormal creatures, mythic entities or the transforming power of love—It must have a touch of that elusive quality-— something that seems beyond our control, but a force that comes from within. Many of our books have a suspense, mystery , or universal obstacle to overcome, but they have to deliver A Happily Ever. As a publisher, we invest in magic.
We don't care how you find your stories, but reading is our preferred method. Nothing replaces the pictures in your mind like when you read a good book. Indie publishing has opened a door to thousands of new writers, some who would have been better been winnowed by traditional publishers. But because authors want control of their books indie publishing is the newest tool to deliver stories. The reasons for going the Indie route include publishing and releasing books in much less time than traditional publishing requires. So, while we advise "buyer beware" you still need to pick your books with care, we also say there has been no better time in history to find the kind of books you want to read.
Books are our business because reading is our passion.
The first thing you notice about book people is their need to read. Some want to feel the paper beneath their fingers, flip back and forth to a passage, or have an appreciation of the printing craft. Others want their reading material ready, they want to transport it anywhere, and when they finish one book want another immediately available. Electronic reading devices provide instant access to their entire library. We support both, we have shelves of books that are out of print or specific to our research needs, and we own electronic readers with thousands of books available. Our fiction collection requires one thing: a great story.
There probably isn't a country anywhere that doesn't have a representative living in the Bay area. This means a rich brew of cultures and cultural myths and legends. Maybe that's why Mess of Geckos is so heavily weighted in paranormal and fantasy titles.
There are three paranormal/fantasy series and one contemporary romance (remember love is magic). San Francisco Vampires is a series of 8 books about the golden hearted Lilly Goodwill (vampire) and her coterie of friends. Expect to run into Djinn, more Vampires, Witches, Warlocks, Were-Wolves, Demons, if you enter Lilies world—and Hell Hounds. Prepare for light and lively adventures. Stained is a darker contemporary series, about Thorn, a natural born Witch. The detective investigating a serial killer decides that instead of Thorn being the murderer she is the killer’s target. One of my favorites a great blend of mystery, romance and the inexplicable.
If you are creating your own story and need help with any of the stages of publishing from first draft to marketing, consider us. We will review you first chapters free of charge and see if we are a good fit. We base our fees on the services you need. We don’t accept projects we can’t get behind.