Hello. My name is Max Randolph and I’m a writer. One of the things I write is poetry, including prose poetry. Some of my prose poetry has a surrealistic bent, so I coined the term “dreamprose” to designate it.

I also write prose that isnt exactly poetry or dreamprose; it could be called, variously, flash fiction, speculative fiction, metafiction. These include short memoir pieces, short essays, fantasies, vignettes. A given piece could be a combination of styles. I try to make everything I write do me proud before I share it, but I dont box myself in when it comes to genre, style or content. I like to mix things up.

So far I’ve written one short novel. (I prefer short pieces, regardless of genre.) I plan to publish it next year, as well as a few other books. Last but not least, I have written several journals over the years, and plan to publish the best of them eventually.

My imprint is Empty Sky Press. In March of this year I published a book of mostly dreamprose entitled A Horse on the Moon . . . And Other Dreamprose. It is available on Amazon.com for under ten dollars. This fall I will publish Autopsy on a Ghost, a collection of stories. Some of these are conventionally told, some are dreamprose, some speculative fiction.

I’ve been writing since my early twenties and am nearing sixty. Though I had poems and a couple of stories published in various literary magazines, you may wonder why I waited so long to publish my first book. I wasnt ready. There is no rule that says how and when an artist should publish his work. As you can imagine, I have quite a backlog of material. Not all of it is worth sharing, but I think much of it is (dating back to the mid-eighties). Autopsy on a Ghost will be my second book; I plan to publish at least two or three books a year for the foreseeable future. Of course, I continue writing new material since writing is my passion and my life.

It took me a long time to take the plunge into self-publishing. Not because of the silly stigma that surrounds it (mostly due to academia); that’s meaningless to me. Nor because of the work entailed. I’m the kind of writer who enjoys the drudgery: research, revision, getting the grammar right, then learning the technical ropes of self-publishing. The technology of publish-on-demand couldnt suit me better. Every book is entirely my project; I like being responsible for and more or less in control of every aspect of it.

I think what mostly kept me back once I’d decided to self-publish is the difficulties and convolutions of marketing. Obviously, if you’re going to self-publish you’re also going to self-market. I havent quite taken that bull by the horns yet, but I know it will have a lot to do with virtual reality (as it already does). I welcome that since I’m quite comfortable with changing realities. I’ve been doing it all my life. They all have their technique, their peculiarities. It’s just a matter of committing yourself to whichever reality you’re in.

Bear with me as I work on this one. A work in progress . . .