SWORD & SOUL and STEAMFUNK! Oh, My!
Publisher Milton Davis brings two great Movements to the Masses
This week, we are pleased to welcome author and publisher, Milton J. Davis – CEO of MVmedia, producer of the Steamfunk series, Rite of Passage and author / publisher of six books of Black Speculative Fiction – tohttp://chroniclesofharriet.com.
Milton is a chemist by day and a writer/publisher by night and on the weekends. All of his works are self-published through his company, MVmedia, LLC: http://mvmediaatl.com.
Let’s get right into this informative and engaging interview with Milton Davis, a man of many talents.
Milton, your fourth book, Griots: A Sword & Soul Anthology was released in August, 2011 to critical acclaim; how does it feel to be a self-published author and publisher and how was it working with thirteen other authors and fourteen artists?
I love being self-published. I didn’t go into writing for validation or material success; I did it to fulfill a lifelong ambition. Self-publishing has allowed me to do so exactly the way I wanted. As far as Griots is concerned it was a labor of love as well. It was a challenge, but it was worth it. The response has been great from the readers and the authors and that’s all a man can ask.
Excellent! Moving on…You are a part of the writers’ collective The State of Black Science Fiction; what is it and how does the collective help you in your writing and in the building of your readership?
The State of Black Science Fiction is a group of local black science fiction writers dedicated to promoting black speculative fiction. We organize and participate in events promoting our individual works and black speculative fiction. Working with other writers has been inspiring and enlightening. Although we don’t agree on everything we do agree on our purpose. The energy and positive vibe from everyone keeps me going when things get tough.
It is, indeed, good to have such inspiration and you have been a driving force of the group as well as your independent publishing company. Now, as founding publisher of MVmedia in Atlanta, GA, how long has it taken to make a name for your publishing company in the industry, and what frustrations have you overcome to make it a success?
LOL! I think we’re still a long way from making a name for ourselves. I’ve been at this for 4 years now and overall it’s been a positive experience. The most frustrating thing has been completing projects as fast as I would like to.
You’re quite modest, Milton. But your work is definitely making a name for MVmedia around the globe. What, exactly, is the breakdown of books you publish (i.e. how many Sword & Soul, Steamfunk, Science Fiction, etc.)? How many are written by you and how many by other authors?
I have six books published so far; four of my own (Meji Book One, Meji Book Two, Changa’s Safari and Changa’s Safari Volume II), one anthology (Griots), and one Sword and Soul novel by Balogun Ojetade, Once Upon a Time in Afrika. (That’s you!) All of my books have been Sword and Soul so far, but next year will be more diverse with the Steamfunk! Anthology and a YA novel in store.
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