As a traditional publisher, we publish more than books. We publish authors.
Whenever we meet people, we get two questions. First and most important: What exactly do we do? The second question is more fun: What is an Oghma?
First, what is it we do? An overly simplified answer would be we publish, design, and market authors and their books, but the actual answer is much more complex.
Above all, Oghma is about creativity. We are purveyors of imagination and inspiration and culture. We are writers, musicians, photographers, designers, painters, poets — the small portion of the population that turns our collective human experience into things that can be perceived by all the senses. First and foremost, we are artists.
Throughout history, artists have struggled to stand and live on the product of their craft alone. Many have had to turn to a sponsor or benefactor, turning over ownership of the creative process and the art itself. This can be a blessing, where both parties exist symbiotically, but other times it isn’t and the artist ends up being exploited and discarded. The ratio between the two is far from balanced.
In this day, potential patrons are a dime a dozen. Some are legit, truly desiring to foster art and take care of those who make it. Many others are not, and seek only to exploit the artists for their own profit. Right or wrong, these people and companies shape the cultural marketplace. They decide who gets a chance, who becomes famous, and who does not. This is where we come in. Why? Because we’re artists. We’ve been there.
Oghma is here to level the playing field, using our talents and skills, our network and platform, to give every artist a fair shot at living the dream. It doesn’t matter if you’re famous and well-established or unknown and seeking your first opportunity to gain notice in the wider world. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help out. Whether you are seeking a contract or prefer to blaze your own path, we’re here to assist you in reaching your artistic goals.
If you wondering the answer to the second question, where did the name Oghma come from? Oghma is the Celtic god of communication, writing, and eloquence.