When I published Marine Cadet last Christmas, I decided to do so under an imprint name of Human Legion Publications. I liked the name, but didn’t expect to use it to publish anything other than my own books. I still run Greyhart Press, which is a bona fide publishing business, just largely on hold right now. At least with regard to publishing new books, though I’m still working on selling the existing books. But Human Legion Publications was just a name. I never pretended the Human Legion was anything other than self-published.
My best sales day came late January when I sold just shy of 1,500 copies of Marine Cadet and Indigo Squad.
Some people urged me then to turn Human Legion Publications into a ‘real’ publishing business. I wasn’t interested. I’d had #1 bestsellers with Greyhart Press (though in alternate history and time travel romance). I’d had a title sell 1,000 a day before. And yet Greyhart Press had not consistently paid my bills, and publishing only makes sense for me if I can earn enough to provide for my family. So the answer was no.
By my birthday in mid February I’d sold 30,000 copies of the Human Legion, but I wasn’t convinced I could replicate that. Still no.
In early June, I published Renegade Legion. Sales shot passed 50,000. Now I thought I had a brand. Human Legion Publications made sense now, but I still couldn’t afford to be distracted from writing the next book.
But I was offered a submission. It worked. The author ‘got’ the Human Legion. The pitch was fantastic. It wasn’t merely military SF but set right at the heart of the Human Legion story. This could sell. I wanted to read this story for myself.
Promotional materials aren’t ready yet. But expect news soon of the first acquisition for Human Legion Publications, a spin-off series set in the worlds of the Human Legion.