Portmanteau Press LLC is a small, independent publishing company based in Chesapeake, Virginia. It was founded in February, 2011 by Jeremy Rodden in order to have an imprint for the publishing of his debut novel, Toonopolis: Gemini.
After publishing his debut novel and a follow-up novella, Jeremy expanded the reach of Portmanteau Press LLC with a non-fiction project written by stay-at-home dads called The Myth of Mr. Mom. After realizing how much he enjoyed the publishing side of the business during this project, he decided to further expand the company’s presence and continue exploring additional works for the company to publish.
We are very excited to look forward from our first year of operation where we published three distinct works and expand our portfolio with more authors, as well as the continuation of Jeremy Rodden’s own authorial escapades.
“What is a portmanteau?” many people ask. Jeremy answered this question in a guest blog at indie author Derek Haine’s blog (Vandalism of Words) in June (read it here). In short, a portmanteau as described by Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking-Glass is a word formed by merging two other words together (example: spork is a portmanteau of spoon and fork).
Jeremy Rodden named our company Portmanteau Press LLC for several reasons. First, he is a huge fan of Lewis Carroll and the allusion to his works was a nod to one of his inspirations as a writer. Second, as we publish predominantly in the realms of humor and fantasy, it made sense to emphasize our affinity for clever wordplay. Third, who doesn’t love alliteration in a company name?