Niveym Arts, LLC is a very small indie publishing house, specializing in speculative fiction, though we plan to branch out where the opportunity arises. Muses come in all forms and lead us in sometimes surprising directions—not all of which fit traditional models.
Why start an Indie Press?
I’m Drema Deòraich, the writer behind Niveym Arts. I have wanted to be a writer since I was a child! I can’t tell you how often I wrote “poems” or “stories” that, thankfully, have been lost over the years. But about a decade ago, I began to take writing seriously. I attended conferences, classes, and online workshops. I wrote, edited, rewrote, and revised until I could quote each story by heart. With every pass of every story, my skill improved. I learned.
Many of my short works found publication homes in online zines. But the longer ones, the ones I’d put months, sometimes years of work into? Those never seemed to meet the “needs of the market,” which is what drives literary agents and publishing houses. No matter how many or how carefully I queried, my manuscripts were never quite “what they were looking for.”
But then I realized that traditional publishing is such a narrow market! There are thousands of great writers—hundreds of thousands—and only a handful of publishing opportunities through agencies and publishing houses. I don’t fault the agencies or publishers for this; their schedules and budgets will only allow them a limited reach. If they are to make best use of their resources, they must aim for those manuscripts and projects they are most likely to sell. I get it, truly.
But does that mean those of us whose work sits outside the mass market arena should give up, even though our stories are amazingly good?
Absolutely not, because there is an alternative.
Indie Publishing has become readily available to those writers whose works don’t fit that mass-market expectation. Going indie allows us to stretch our skills, expand into new arenas, and explore new concepts both in fiction and non-fiction. I don’t believe readers like being limited to books that fit the slender niche of traditional publishing, either. Readers want more.
Thus, after trying for years to fit a market that wasn’t made for me, I finally decided to take matters into my own hands, and Niveym Arts LLC was born.
A “Normal” Day
By day, I work as a legal assistant for a fabulous attorney who takes a sincere interest in my writing endeavors. In the course of that work, I’ve run across many interesting clients or situations, some of which inform my writing, even if it is in a small way. But the law office workday is often quite busy, and I don’t have much time to daydream or listen to my Muses while I’m on the clock.
At home, part of my time is taken up by our two feline rescues, long-haired ginger tabbies known as Fred and George, both of whom we suspect may be part Maine coon. They love nothing more than to get cuddles, or to watch and chatter at the many birds outside our windows. Everyday living consumes even more time.
Niveym Arts productions and administration must squeeze in-between.
Since it is a labor of love, running this press takes place in the evenings, on weekends when I’m not doing laundry or other adulting tasks, on holidays when I’d love to sleep in. Sometimes I’m typing with a cat in my lap. (Okay, that’s a frequent occurrence.) Sometimes I’m working through a Niveym Arts problem or solution while waiting at a red light on my (thankfully short) morning or evening commute. Sometimes the ideas come at inopportune moments, so I’ve learned to keep a notebook by the bed, and to record notes on my phone.
If we want our dreams to succeed, we must take advantage of opportunities that arise, right?
At this time, Niveym Arts has three books in the works. Here’s a short list:
- The Founder’s Seed Trilogy – distant future science fantasy
- Book 1: Fallen
- Book 2: Broken
- Book 3: Driven
Stay tuned for updates on that series!
I also hope to publish an anthology of short works in varying genres, some of which have never before been made public. Other story characters are whispering in my ear, too, including one about Bernadette, a.k.a. Birdy, who hears voices and sometimes acts on their advice, even when it gets her in trouble. I can’t wait to share her story with you!
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