Tacoma, Washington Non-profit Literary Trust Established

Non-profit to support interest in speculative fiction, and the efforts of self published and small press authors.
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Jan. 30, 2011 - PRLog -- Tacoma, Washington,

Tacoma author and literary activist Robert A. Boyd announces creation of The Written Wyrd, a Washington State nonprofit trust founded to support interest in speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror), and the efforts of self published and small press authors.

Speculative fiction challenges the reader to think, and questions our presumptions about the world.  With billions spent these days to promote mindless conformity and political sheepthink, popular literature which encourages independent thought is more essential than ever.  But the major New York press has been losing ground for years due to their outmoded business models to the point where a new author breaking into the market has become all but impossible.  

To fill this gap, many authors are turning to self publishing and the small press, working with Print On Demand and downloads to bypass the restrictions of traditional publishing.  However, this method has its own problems, notably lack of critical feedback in the writing process, credibility hurt by poorly written fanzine material, and publicity.


Launched in January 1, 2011, The Written Wyrd addresses these problems with a multi-phase program:

* Establishing a peer review process to council new authors on their work.

* Promoting works by placing free copies in libraries, schools, and public institutions.

* Creating a system of awards and certifications for quality work.

* Providing translations into other languages, thus promoting market penetration, especially overseas.

These efforts will be funded through sales of books, donations, and grants.

Participating works will be distributed through Lightning Source, Inc, a British based Print On Demand publisher with outlets all over the world.  US and Canadian distribution is through leading online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and download versions will soon be available from the company web site.

Right now, the company is still organizing, and hopes to implement these programs throughout 2011.


Lightning Source is the Print On Demand subsidiary of the Ingram Content Group, a major trade publisher out of Great Britain with retail outlets all over the world.  They produce books in many popular sizes in both individual copies and bulk lot orders, as well as providing valuable technical support to authors submitting works.

Their USA headquarters is at:

Lightning Source, Inc.
1246 Heil Quaker Blvd.
LaVergne, Tenn  37086



'Bob' Boyd was born on August 10, 1949 in Charleston, South Carolina, and raised in the St Louis, Missouri area.  He began developing his writing craft in Naperville, Illinois in 2002, and moved to Tacoma in 2005.  At this time, he has four novels completed, with three more scheduled for release in 2011.  Bob is noted for his wicked sense of humor, and for his fascination with history and cultures.  He attends several science fiction conventions in the Pacific Northwest each year to promote self published and small press authorship, and is available for public speaking engagements.

You can contact Bob at Publisher@The-Written-Wyrd.org

You can visit the web site at http://www.The-Written-Wyrd.org

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The Written Wyrd is a Washington State non-profit literary trust dedicated to supporting interest in speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror), and the efforts of self published and small press authors.
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