Birthday Promises

by D.M. Atkins

Today is my birthday! I have travelled around the sun on this planet fifty times.

Other folks make “New Year’s Resolutions.” I make birthday promises to myself.

In February of 2009, I started working on the business model for a new kind of publishing. My partner registered the domain name as one of my birthday presents.

In February 2010, I sort of did a “what have I been waiting for” birthday – dyed my hair purple (my favorite color) and changed my first name (the old one never suited me). Rylan Hunter and I outlined the original plan for

In February 2011, we launched the early version of this site and sent out the first invitations to some of my favorite authors – two of whom, Lynn Kelling and J.A. Jaken, responded by sending us the first novels in our collection.

February is also Rylan Hunter’s birthday. Yes, two of the five staff members are Aquarian. Trust me, it makes sense. We like to do things differently. Last year, Rylan and I promised each other to work our arses off and have our first publications out by our next birthdays.

This year, we launched our first three ebooks midway between our two birthdays. See our New Releases page for The Band Played On by Theda Black, Milk by Claryssa Berg, and The Woods In Winter by Madeleine Swann. We expect to have the first novels (Deliver Us by Lynn Kelling & Exodus, Volume 1 of The House of Silence by J.A. Jaken) launched within the next month.

This year, my birthday promise to myself (and Rylan) is to have the site itself rebuilt and serializing fiction before our next birthdays.

So Happy Birthday,, Rylan and me!


1 Comment on Birthday Promises

  1. #1 Woot! Happy Birthday, and yay
    Submitted by worthyadvisor on Mon, 02/13/2012 – 4:47pm

    Woot! Happy Birthday, and yay for the first stuff published! 🙂 I’ve already bought two so far. (gotta read my homework first, though..*sigh*) *birthdayhugs*

    #2 Happy B-day!
    Submitted by Todd Michaels on Mon, 02/13/2012 – 5:35pm

    Happy B-day to you both!

    #3 Oh, it was so fun seeing you
    Submitted by D.M. Atkins on Wed, 02/15/2012 – 3:50am

    Oh, it was so fun seeing you as our first official sales! When you get your homework done and read the stories, come to their story pages and leave reviews. There are both places to rate the story and to comment.

    #4 Will do! *reads homework
    Submitted by worthyadvisor on Wed, 02/15/2012 – 10:35am

    Will do! *reads homework quickly*

    #5 Happiest of Birthday wishes
    Submitted by Lynn Kelling on Mon, 02/13/2012 – 5:40pm

    Happiest of Birthday wishes to all! You have so much to celebrate and be proud of. Here’s to another fabulous year and thank you for everything you do! You and Rylan are simply incredible and I’m grateful to know you both.

    #6 I am still so very happy to
    Submitted by D.M. Atkins on Wed, 02/15/2012 – 3:53am

    I am still so very happy to be working with you. The trust you have placed in us is heartwarming and has certainly inspired us to do our best for you as well. I am hoping very soon to have your first ebook out and not long after that, your first print versions. It should be a very exciting year for us all.

    #7 Happy Birthday to someone
    Submitted by Rylan Hunter on Mon, 02/13/2012 – 8:58pm

    Happy Birthday to someone who’s been a part of my life for a nice chunk of time now. I have a feeling this last birthday promise will happen much earlier than our birthdays. There’s no stopping us now…. 🙂


    #8 Yes, I’m hoping it happens
    Submitted by D.M. Atkins on Wed, 02/15/2012 – 3:49am

    Yes, I’m hoping it happens much sooner than too. I do think that given all the crap the rest of the world threw at us last year, we were amazing to have managed to keep the promises made. Now, if the universe will just be a bit more cooperative this year…

    #9 😀
    Submitted by Aisling Castilla on Mon, 02/13/2012 – 10:33pm

    Happy Birthday!

    I am sure you will be able to make your birthday promise come true. You and Rylan are both amazing.

    #10 Thank you! And you know that
    Submitted by D.M. Atkins on Wed, 02/15/2012 – 3:54am

    Thank you! And you know that I want your series as part of my birthday celebration next year. I’d love to be holding the completed trilogy in my hands then (autographed by you, of course).

    #11 Happy Birthday to us all!
    Submitted by Kailin Morgan on Mon, 02/13/2012 – 11:48pm

    From a fellow Aquarian to the rest of you, I raise my glass to DM, Rylan and ForbiidenFiction!

    May we all have very many happy returns. Slainte!

    #12 Happy Birthday to you too!
    Submitted by D.M. Atkins on Wed, 02/15/2012 – 3:56am

    Happy Birthday to you too! Your birthday was the same day as our ebook launches. Soon, we hope to have a belated celebation when the first of your ebooks come out too! To Aquarians who always dare to do what others say can’t be done!

    #13 Herzlichen Glückwunsch!
    Submitted by Osiris Brackhaus on Tue, 02/14/2012 – 4:43am

    Well, nothing much for me to add but to wish all of you a Happy Birthday, many returns and a wonderful, inspired and plain fabulous next year of your lives!

    #14 Osiris, thank you. And I’m
    Submitted by D.M. Atkins on Wed, 02/15/2012 – 3:57am

    Osiris, thank you. And I’m glad your writing will be part of this years goals. You have already had such an important impact on the way we do things. Now we get to help push your writing the way you’ve pushed us to do our best! To a year of promise!

    #15 Happy birthday!
    Submitted by Arcanox on Wed, 02/15/2012 – 12:53am

    And I have to say, your birthday promises seem to be far more productive than any resolutions I’ve ever made. Cheers and best wishes for the year 🙂

    #16 I’m one of those people who
    Submitted by D.M. Atkins on Wed, 02/15/2012 – 4:00am

    I’m one of those people who won’t promise what I don’t believe can be done. I prefer the gift of accomplishment. And this means so much more because of the trust so many amazing writers have put in us. We can’t wait to share more of their work. Thanks!


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