A home for my books: Introducing Midnight Star Press

There’s now a Web site for my book A Place to Start, as well as for my two photo books and for future books I will publish. Click this link to see it:

Midnight Star Press

As I researched all I’d need to do to publish A Place to Start, I became convinced that I needed to set up an imprint for my work. I forget why now! But I did it.

An imprint is just the trade name under which I publish my work. It can be anything, as long as some other publisher isn’t using it. There’s nothing to setting up an imprint beyond choosing its name and typing it wherever one of the outlets where I’m selling my books (e.g., Amazon) asks for it.

I knew I’d want a Web site for my imprint. That made choosing the name more challenging, because so many good .com URLs are already taken.

I cycled through a number of ideas before I found one that didn’t appear to be in use, and the URL was available: Midnight Star Press. When I was a kid, my parents got a Labrador retriever puppy. She was AKC registered, and we needed to give her an official AKC name. I forget why now but my parents chose Miss Midnight Star. We called her Missy.

Missy in our yard, 1981

After registering midnightstarpress.com and building a Web site on it (using self-hosted WordPress) I discovered that a fellow named Ted Kozak self-publishes under Midnight Star Press and has for some years now. Facepalm. I’m not sure how my earlier searches missed him. But I’m sticking with this name for now. If there’s ever a conflict with Kozak, I’ll deal with it then!

At the moment, midnightstarpress.com just redirects to a subdirectory of my main Web space, jimgrey.net/midnightstarpress. Someday I’ll get separate hosting, but I’m not in a rush.


2 responses to “A home for my books: Introducing Midnight Star Press”

  1. Kurt Ingham Avatar
    Kurt Ingham

    What a beauty Missy looks like!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      As Mom tells it, she was hunting stock rather than pet stock, and so was more muscular and not as given to the breeding issues pet stock sometimes can have. She was the runt of her litter, so a little smaller.

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