David Peak (An Introduction)

Good day to all,

Please allow me the distinct pleasure of introducing myself, David Peak, as Leucrota’s brand-spanking-new Junior Editor.  Honestly,  I couldn’t be happier to be writing these words.  As writers (and people interested in books in general), I think we’re all aware of just how special Leucrota really is; a press dedicated to creating and fine-tuning genre books that are labors of love, carefully cultivated storytelling, with meticulous attention to detail.  Leucrota is exactly what the publishing industry needs these days.  These are dark times, indeed.  Most small presses (and I use the term small presses lovingly) expect their authors to turn in word perfect documents that wind up going straight to the press with virtually no editing or feedback from qualified professionals.  Is this really the road we’ve chosen to travel down?

In September of this year, Harper’s Magazine published a bit of satire masquerading as prophecy entitled “The Writers in the Silos.” The premise of the article, written by Heidi Julavits, was that in the future, books will become a commodity much like oil.  I’d to quote the first paragraph;

It requires neither imagination nor acumen to predict that our current conglomerating, lowest-common-denominator, demographically targeted publishing industry will soon achieve its streamlined apotheosis–a single, worldwide, ExxonMobil-owned literary empire offering a list of seven books twice per year.  The lists for these two seasons–Holiday Gifts and Beach–will each include one of the following: a Dickensianly sprawling Antarctic thriller; a faux-intellectual, faux-experimental novel packaged with enticingly gimmicky swag (such as a French Existentialist pashmina); a World War II historical novel wherein one or more ex-Nazis, in the flash-forward sections, live as kindly sausage-makers or residually evil schoolteachers; a winningly bitchy PTA tell-all, written by an overeducated mother of multiple-birth ADD children living in a suburb of eco-friendly prefabs; a spiritual-conversion-after-brush-with-Ebola memoir; an inspiring life-lesson book, written by a long-shot gay pro-life female minority ex-Klan presidential hopeful; and a “quick fire” cookbook for people with intimidatingly professional kitchens and no time, inclination, or skills to cook in them.

Scary, right? It goes without saying that the reason that Julavits’s “prophecy” strikes fear into the hearts and minds of readers and book-lovers is because it’s so convincingly realistic.  We’ve all been in bookstores recently, we all see what people are reading on the train, or at the beach, or in airport terminals.  This is why Leucrota is so special.  Leucrota is a freedom-fighter in the best sense–a light burning brightly in a dark future.  I’m thrilled to be a part of the pack, and I can’t wait to get to know all of the readers of this blog.  Thanks for your time.