The economy, diminished shelf space, and other money-squeezing factors have adversely affected the ability of emerging authors to get their work published by traditional means. Motivated authors, willing to go a step further in their publishing aspirations, are beginning to form publishing cooperatives that operate outside the perimeters of vanity, or contract publishing.
One such cooperative, formed in Edmonds, Washington in May, and named the Edmonds Literary Group is just such a cooperative.
Emily Hill, owner of A.V. Harrison Publishing, will be joined by the moderator of the Edmonds Literary Group, Dr. David R. Gross, to discuss trends in self-publishing, and the need for cooperatives to assist writers in their publishing ambitions.
According to Gross, the publishing cooperative members would agree to read and offer general comments on a member’s completed manuscripts. In addition, one member would be responsible for a line-by-line edit, with everyone sharing the editing responsibilities equally. Each blind manuscript chosen for promotion by the Edmonds Literary Group would be prepared for publication by the group, according to the standards of the Small Publisher’s Association of North America. These publication preparations would include graphics and design support, editing, and promotion by the members, according to the professional skills of the respective members.
“The concept of a cooperative is based upon the premise that non-edited, self-published manuscripts have a greater propensity for being substandard and commercially unsuccessful,” explains Dr. Gross. “In pooling the skills of artists, editors, and marketing experts; who possess a skill within the publishing field, the cooperative expects to publish quality books at a fraction of what it would cost to contract for these services.”
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