Plenary Publishing has ended its run. As Plenary’s founder and Publisher, I want to express our gratefulness for the ability to work with emerging writers of color. Our work over the past few years left me with several important takeaways that formed the basis for my next venture.
First, in this new era of publishing, writers can (and should) have ownership over their creative content. There are many ways to do this, good and bad, but I believe that traditional publishing as we know it makes no sense in today’s market unless you are in a position to negotiate with the best publisher for your work. Second, writers should be committed to honing their craft, and to building their platform. Third, the void for writers of color in the traditional market continues, and it is a deep problem that will continue until writers take ownership of their work, brand, and access to the market.
I also realized that as much as I enjoy working with writers, it was long past time for me to release my own work. As I mulled over my next steps, I decided that I would launch a platform that would allow me to release my creative content, and Harper Hall Press is that platform. Through Harper Hall, I also plan to to work with new and emerging writers on a very limited basis, and primarily in the areas of writing, editing, and brand development. Call it the publish-by-example model, because my goal is to publish in and with a community of writers committed to publishing their vision, and to creating new pathways in the marketplace for all writers.
So, that’s it in a nutshell. I plan to release my first work (a nonfiction title on the US Supreme Court) later this fall, and my novel shortly thereafter. I’m also launching a blog this month called Questions Presented, where I’ll cover news of note, politics, and the intersection of law, crime, and education. In the meantime, if you’re interested in working with me, check out the “Submissions” page to see the type of content I’d love to work on, or drop me a line at tharper[@]harperhallpress.com.
Tieffa N. Harper