WannaBe Press

Who We Write for:

We write for the rebels. They are obsessed with pop culture and question everything, especially authority. Punks, emo kids, goths, nerds, geeks, outlaws, bandits, and rebels are our tribe. People that grew up outside the system until that system realized it was “cool” to be like them as if we did it because it was cool. Our tribe doesn’t move to the back of the bus. They burned their bras and have never seen a protest they didn’t like. They stand up for what’s right, even when it’s unpopular. They don’t care what anybody else thinks.  

We demand to be entertained as much as we want to think deeply about real issues that matter. We want our stories to have a message, but we want that message hidden under a thick layer of action and fun. 

We find humor in the dark places of the world. The darker, the better. The more humor, the better. We want to shine light in the dark corners and show there’s humor there too, in the places we’re not supposed to go.

How We Started

WannaBe Press

In 2014, I was a dejected writer, lost in obscurity. I had been writing for years with very little to show for it. Small press publishers released a couple of my books, but they did a miserable job handling them. They screwed up release dates, never promoted my work, and, worst of all, made me no money. 

It pissed me off something fierce, and I vowed to do something about it. Instead of entrusting my success to somebody else, I decided to take my career into my own hands. I bought all the rights back to my titles and struck out on my own.  

I successfully funded a Kickstarter for my first graphic novel, Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter, in 2014, and launched my first slate the following year. In 2016, we launched our second slate, including the wildly popular Katrina Hates Dead Shit ( aka Katrina Hates the Dead). Those two books were so successful; we released them in hardcover the following year. 

We also launched a book division in 2016, which made wonderfully weird genre books that are as entertaining as they are thought-provoking.

Now, we create beautiful, weird books of all types. We don’t create the most books every year or the cheapest book on the indie market, but we do create the best ones printed in the most beautiful way possible. 

Promoting creators 

We are all about creators at Wannabe Press. We even have a podcast that helps creators create sustainable businesses. It’s called The Business of Art.  

If you have a Kickstarter or other promotion, just tag us @wannabepress on, and we’ll retweet it as many times as possible during your launch.

Join the Conversation 

We want to be the most accessible publishing company around. We encourage you to tweet @wannabepress, ask questions, give comments, and just chat with us. We attend several shows a year, which you can find on our event page, and would love to chat with you about books and other weird things. 

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