An Update March 13 2014
It’s been just over six months since we first announced Press Select. We’ve been overwhelmed with the support and enthusiasm we’ve been met with. We’re excited that you’re excited about this. We’ve been busily working behind the scenes setting up the company and working with our authors as they bring together their manuscripts. We’ve also begun discussions with several other authors about some newer projects that we will be ready to announce in the coming months. So look out for those announcements.
Unfortunately, our initial plan to publish our first book in ‘early 2014’ was a little bit overly optimistic on our part. These things take time, and we are more concerned with the quality of our books than the speed with which we release them. Something we’ve had to keep reminding ourselves, with our previous experience as game critics and journalists, is that Press Select is a publisher, not an outlet; these are books, not articles in a serial publication. We are learning the patience to allow these works to take the time they need to take to be as good as they can possibly be.
Both Dan and Brendan have spoken at various events about Press Select’s project. Most recently, we were joined by Boss Fight Books’ Ken Baumann on a panel for the Digital Writers Festival called “New Games Criticism”. We spoke about the state of games criticism generally and about our goals and hopes for Press Select specifically. You can watch the whole panel online if that sounds interesting.
Next week, Brendan will be in San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference. He’ll also be making an appearance at the Lost Levels unconference, and will be talking about the emergence of long-form games criticism at Critical Proximity. If you are around and want to talk to him about Press Select at all, get in touch!
Although we’ve got a lot of projects already, we’ll be looking at opening our submissions page in the near future to manuscripts only. What this means is that if you’ve got a long-form project coming together, we’d love to hear from you and take a look at it; however, we’ve currently got more pitches for ideas than we can handle (even with our closed submissions page) so we can’t take any more of them at the moment.
So there’s a brief update on what has been going on since we announced our existence. Keep an eye out on our Twitter or Facebook feeds for updates as they happen. And do say hi to Brendan if you find yourself in San Francisco next week.