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Writers going it alone together — a look at three publishing houses finding a third way in publishing

 The third authors co-op I’ve come across is Book View Cafe, based in America which produces books across all genres, from science fiction to romance to historical to mainstream. They offer both reprints and new titles, but right now only in ebook form, although it seems that they have plans to expand into print. One big attraction is that 95% of the cover price goes to the author – more than at any other online bookseller, but I don’t imagine that their sales figures can compete with the likes of Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

They only publish books written by co-op members. Membership is limited to authors who have been published by traditional, advance-and-royalty paying print publishers and candidates must be approved by a majority of the current membership.

I don’t know if this is the way forward, but it certainly an interesting development. The publishing landscape is changing and it would be nice to think that author co-ops could be part of the future.

What do you think? Have you heard of any other publishing co-ops?

I’ve just discovered how to make ‘tweetables’ – ways to make it easier for readers to tweet about this post. This is a bit of an experiment to see if it works or is worth doing…or is downright irritating.

* Are writer run co-ops the future of publishing? Find three here. TWEET

* Can writers do it for themselves without going down the self publishing route? TWEET

* Co-Ops aren’t all about baked beans. Find three run by published authors. TWEET

 

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3 comments on “Writers going it alone together — a look at three publishing houses finding a third way in publishing

  1. Laura Marcus
    June 28, 2013

    Unbound? Where titles are crowd sourced. I’ve been asked to contribute to a few of those lately. Once enough money is raised the book is published. Not sure about this. Gets annoying getting requests all the time to fund someone else’s dream.

  2. bridget whelan
    June 28, 2013

    Crowd funding is another twist on self publishing….feels good when it has some kind of communal aspect. I supported arts/creative magazine last year and more recently a graphic novel about Brighton history written and drawn by a number of local artists – both backed by organisations I knew & trusted. Agree that it feels rather different if it is one person’s initiative…and begs the question why aren’t they making it happen for themselves.
    I wonder how the finance is worked out in the publishing co-operatives and if profits are pooled…

  3. catdownunder
    April 21, 2014

    It’s an interesting idea – but I think it would involve almost as much time, effort and knowledge as self-publishing. I admire those who self-publish and then succeed in selling several thousand copies but I am still not sure it is worth the time and money involved. Even those who “succeed” would have trouble breaking even.

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