indie publishing

Do we still need Publishers? (via @annetreasure)

This is from the Guardian's Book Blog, where a talk by author Anthony Horowitz has been summarized in a good article:

The title of this talk is, "Do We Need Publishers Any More?". I was going to call it "Thank Christ We Don't Need Bloody Publishers Any More" – but I felt that sounded too partisan.

I don't believe we don't need publishers anymore, but I do believe the established publishers need to catch up to modern attitudes towards publishing. For example, demanding electronic rights without offering reasonable royalties just isn't going to cut it in the future.

I could upload the new Apple iBooks Author software which will allow anyone to produce high-quality fiction. High-quality print, paper and covers, anyway. It's true that Apple have cannily demanded 30% of all profits and you can only sell your books through Apple stores, meaning that effectively they own you. But 70% is still tempting. Amazon is offering the same deal with their Digital Text Platform and I'm not saying anything bad about them in case they remove the BUY button from Alex Rider – as they did with all Macmillan books two years ago. That's a glimpse of the world we're now entering.

Anthony's talk is engaging and entertaining, and worth reading in its entirety. He's certainly not dismissing the role of established publishers:

I'm sure there are some very good self-published books out there and this may well be one of them – anyway, who am I to say? - but my feeling is that in some indefinable way, having a publisher raises the bar.

Read on here:

On Indie Press with Jason Nahrung (via @fablecroft)

Jason Nahrung talks to Fablecroft Press about his experiences in the indepent publishing world.

Small press, indie press … the nomenclature is changing with the boom in self-publishing and the subversion of the established tag of indie press. So at the pub the other day, where all great decisions are made, my writing buddies and I reached consensus that “boutique press” was a cooler, more accurate name for those who publish the works of others on a cottage industry basis. Or something like that. We were, after all, at the pub.

Check out how he describes his experiences; it's clear how much passion is inspired by his involvement in this increasingly important subsection of the publishing world.

Read the full article here:

Monday Market - Steam Press - NZ Speculative Fiction (@steampress)

Today's Monday Market is a local: Steam Press, a newly launched New Zealand based small publisher.

Why are we here? Because in 2011 we see no other New Zealand publishers who are specialising in novels of these genres, and we believe that authors should not have to send their work offshore to have any hope of seeing it in print.

Check out their submissions page and engage with Stephen on twitter!

Embrace an Indie Publisher! via @GuardianBooks

This is from the Guardian's Book Blog, and a passionate paean to independent publishing houses. There's a good question in there:

Which brings us on to the biggest problem for readers when faced with an indie, and it might not even be a conscious one. But whether it's front-of-brain or hidden deep inside, the thought will be there: "If this book is so good, why isn't it being published by a mainstream house?"

Read on here: