Franklin St Press is Four this Year

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016 by Michael Lydon

Suddenly Franklin Street Press is four years old, talking in full sentences and telling me, Proud Papa, what time is bedtime and she wants a story and it has to have dragons in it.

Well, I’ll indulge the little sweetheart–why? Because I love Franklin St Press. I get more fun than you can imagine seeing the list of Franklin St Press books grow longer and more varied. I published two new books by me this year, Writing and Life and Writing and Equality, and one by Minerva Rosenberg, My Friend Janey.

Sales are slowly increasing. Of course, I want more, more, more, but I’m still proud of every copy that goes out to readers near and far. I still get a kick out of creating books. In fact, making my own books has led to a small business in book design and production for other writers.

Onward to a healthy, happy, and productive 2016!!

Three Cheers for Three Years of Franklin Street Press!

Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by Michael Lydon

All of a sudden Franklin Street Press is three years old and counting! Happy Birthday!

Aside from selling numerous books from our catalog, Franklin Street published one new book in 2013, Love at First Sight, a collection of thirty songs by Michael Lydon. This follows Sing the Song Again, Lydon’s first songbook, and both, of course, are available through this site.

Soon Franklin Street Press will publish a wind has blown the rain away, a book of nineteen songs by composer Ellen Mandel, all musical settings of poems by E. E. Cummings.

Lydon is also hard at work on a new book, Power Tools for Writing, that he hopes to publish later this year. Power Tools collects over a dozen essays on aspects of the art of writing–rhythm, metaphor, alliteration, assonance, and more, all of which writers can use to make their work livelier and more effective.

Franklin Street Press has also received several books by friends who have self-published their own writing. One of these, Draft Dodger’s Diary by Gil Bob, is truly excellent, a touching and funny coming of age novel about a young fellow in the Army Reserves in the 1960s as the Vietnam War was growing bigger and bigger. DDD is available at Amazon. Here at Franklin Street we cheer on all such efforts. Yes, we all want to write best-sellers published by big houses, but better to get our work out by hook or by crook than to wait around the mail box for acceptance letters that never come.

Oh, and lest we forget, The Rolling Stones Discover America, Lydon’s book on the 1969 Rolling Stones tour of America, came out as an e-book in January 2013 and as an audio book in December 2013. Both are selling well. Here’s the link to buy either or both at Amazon:″>

Three cheers, friends and colleagues! Keep writing, keep reading, and keep smiling!!


Franklin St Press Celebrates 1st Birthday!

Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by Michael Lydon

Well, sometime in December–the precise date is lost to history–Franklin Street Press celebrated its first birthday as a full-fledged independent publisher with a website and everything.

So let’s raise a glass of champagne and blow out the one proud candle! Onward to birthday number two!!

With the New Year comes good news: Kindle Singles has just begun distributing and e-book,  The Rolling Stones Discover America, Michael Lydon intimate, eyewitness account of the Rolling Stones’ wild 1969 tour of America that ended in the bloody and disastrous “free concert” at Altamont Raceway, a desolate spot in the rolling hills east of San Francisco.

The ebook has just been out only a few days, and already here at Franklin St Press we can see the difference between self-publishing on Amazon with no backing, as we did with Now What?, and self-publishing on Amazon with the mega online store pushing and promoting the book. Now What? is selling, but slowly. The Rolling Stones raced quickly to #2 in the rock music category, and #14 in the overall entertainment category.

Happy 2013, everybody, and especially to you newcomers to the site, welcome, welcome!! Look around, shop around, you’ll be glad you did!

Welcome to the Lydon’s Den!

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by Michael Lydon

Michael Lydon Headshot

That’s Lydon, not lion, remember — I don’t bite, well, I do a little, but all in fun.

This page, I hope, will be my little playroom at Franklin Street Press, a blog page where I can let off steam and be my every day self, ready to chat about whatever catches my alleged mind. Setting up the site, getting the Bookstore in order, making the excerpts neither too long or too short, consulting with web designer Niki Sebastino: it’s all been a lot of work for the past few months, and I feel it’s time for me to collapse on a beach somewhere.

That ain’t gonna happen; if all goes as planned, I’ll be hard at work in New York through the winter. But it does mean I’m not going to write much here today; instead, I’ll bang happily away on my guitar until it’s time for bed.

Glad to be launched! Thanks for stopping by. Visit my bookstore and buy a book or two or three, what could it hurt? Most of all, come back and see me again. Let’s be friends!

July 7, 2012

Well, maybe eight months have gone by since I launched the Franklin Street Press website, and to tell the truth, not a whole lot has happened. The site has been getting a steady trickle of visitors, a few sales, but the whole matter of getting people top the site is as big a question mark in the heat of summer as it was in the dead of winter.

We shall see! I’ve finished a new book, tentaivel titled Busy Being Born, a memoiur of the 1960s, but so far I am hop0ing to find a commercial publisher rather than publishing it myself.

And I’ve been busy with my music, writing new songs, playing a great steady gig in our East Village neighborhood, and practicing like crazy.

It’s over 90 degrees today, so I think I’ll sit in an easy chair and continue reading the Odyssey, what a wonderful tale!

Til the next time!!