918studio press is a selective subsidized publisher based in the Iowa Quad Cities, offering enhanced services like editing, marketing advice, printing, cover design, formatting, and distribution not offered by other self-publishing companies. Unlike other small presses who pass on their expenses to readers and authors with higher book prices and small royalties, we ask authors to help us with expenses up front, allowing us to keep book prices reasonable for readers and maximize royalties for our authors. Though we may expand in the future, our plan is to publish at least two books per year, one poetry and one prose, fiction, or creative non-fiction with a strong geographic link, to continue in 918studio’s tradition. The selective nature of our business model ensures that readers get the best reading experience possible, thereby providing a much-needed endorsement for self-publishing authors. We are a one-stop shop for publishing, including those services like editing and cover design for which most other self-publishing companies charge. We believe in the vision Robin Throne established with 918studio, including that good writing deserves to be read. Often, that good writing doesn’t have a clear place in traditional markets; we aim to create that place.
When Robin decided to retire from 918studio, she reached out to Lori Perkins of Absolute Publishing Services and asked if she’d like to have the company. Lori agreed. Jodie, a 918studio author, heard about the acquisition and was excited for the opportunity for Lori. Soon, they partnered to own and operate 918studio press.
Living in Paw Paw, Michigan, Lori Perkins works in the printing and publishing industry, and is also involved in writing workshops and conferences. Her motto is, “every book deserves a chance.” She has a love and passion for books and the artists creating them, and her goal is to help as many authors as time permits create their books from start to finish.
Jodie Toohey is the author of three novels – Missing Emily: Croatian Life Letters, Melody Madson – May It Please the Court?, and Taming the Twisted – as well as two poetry collections – Crush and Other Love Poems for Girls and The Other Side of Crazy. When Jodie is not writing poetry or fiction, she is helping authors, soon-to-be-authors, and want-to-be authors from pre-idea to reader and everywhere in between, through her company, Wordsy Woman Author Services. She lives in Iowa with her husband, daughter, son, cat, and beagle, Maizey.