KATY (Covering Katy News) — Stitched Smile Publications, a Katy-based independent publishing house that specializes in the horror genre, is selling a book to benefit Harvey relief.
The book is a compilation of frightening stories titled “Hydrophobia.” A group of authors pooled their talents and donated their stories for the anthology. The book is available both in printed and e-book format on Amazon.
Author Lisa Vasquez established Stitched Smile Publications in January 2015 because she and other horror authors found it difficult to get their works published.
Thanks to technology almost anyone can become a publisher today, but being a publisher of quality work is something that’s not easy.
“Publishers are lacking the skills to pretend,” Vasquez said. “The book covers aren’t that great.” Vasquez said most horror publishers are not doing a good job. “They’re just sort of collecting authors,” she said.
Vasquez knew that there needed to be a change, and on the advice of a colleague, she started her own company. Stitched Smile Publications produces printed books, e-books and audiobooks focused on the horror genre. It’s also becoming a family business. Vasquez’s son Cameron Fuller is now an author. He is a Mayde Creek High School student and recently presented his mother with a manuscript.
“He actually surprised me with that because I didn’t know he wrote,” Vasquez said. “I read it and liked it.” The manuscript has been developed into a novella and is scheduled for release in 2018.
Vasquez came into the publishing business with experience designing book covers. She began her graphic work about 20 years ago. She’s a self-taught graphic artist, and she’s prepared covers for both fiction and nonfiction books.
Vasquez and Stitched Smile Publications focus on psychological horror, not blood and gore style horror works. Regardless of what an author writes, when it comes to books, Vasquez believes practice is a key component of success.
“If you’re just starting out and have never written a book, start small,” Vasquez said. “Practice every day. Set a goal for yourself of writing 500 words a day.”
Vasquez believes the best writers are people who develop knowledge of what they’re writing about.
“Writers write what they know,” Vasquez said. “You have to open up your mind to different things. Read everything that comes with the story you’re writing.”
Vasquez has been busy. Her book titled “Unfleshed” is out now. This follows her previous work “The Unsaintly,” which is undergoing revisions and will soon be re-released. In 2018 she’ll also release “Unhowling.”