New Publishing Trend – Book Consortium?

Backword Books is a new collaborative effort of seven authors who write what is generally described as ‘literary fiction.’ Having failed to interest the typical Big Publishing Houses, who as we all know are busy looking for the next J.K. Rowling or Stephen King (not that I’m slagging on their books, just the fact that if you can’t bring in that kind of revenue they’re, shall we say, less than interested) and not willing to take any kind of risks.

Named to give focus on old-fashioned values in quality writing, Backword Books brings together the best literary writers that Baum and a small group discovered. The seven writers use new digital printing technology to publish titles under their own imprints.

 After Baum and four other authors landed in Entertainment Weekly in 2006 for their well-regarded print-on-demand (POD) books, he saw the gap in what traditional publishers were doing and what could be done. He created a new forum, the website Self-Publishing Review, devoted to the emerging potential as well as to the pitfalls of self-publishing.

According to the article, the authors all hired editors and book designers. This will hopefully put them a step above the stereotypical self-published book. I’m wondering if this is going to be the wave of the future, as what we tend to think of as ‘traditional’ publishers take on fewer and fewer books. Will it fall to the writers to do everything? I’ve been whining about having to do the marketing, but I may have a lot more to worry about.

You can read the rest of the article here, and see a list of the authors involved as well as links to their sites and books.

8 thoughts on “New Publishing Trend – Book Consortium?

  1. There does seem to be some kind of seismic shift going on in the publishing world. I have no idea how it will all play out but it’s interesting to watch.


  2. I like the idea of starting a publishing company, not because that will allow me to publish my own books but because I can give smaller, lesser known writers with great material a venue. My target clientele will not be the rich and already famous. I have thought about this for a while because among other things I can continue to use my business & entrepreneurship training in a creative field of my choice.

    The publishing world does seem to be undergoing change. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next year or two.


  3. Hi Venus,

    I didn’t know you were thinking about starting a publishing company! That’s quite an undertaking, best of luck. That would be wonderful to be able to go to work every day with a real passion for your work. Do you already have a business plan, or a timeline?


  4. Thanks, Tasha. Interesting article, and prediction. “Put quality first; don’t get greedy.” That seems to be the opposite of what’s happening these days.


  5. D D, It will be some time coming. I don’t think I have the stamina to think about starting a company right now or even in the next 12 months but eventually, I do want to do that. I have always had a goal to own my own business by the time I was 45. I have a binder with business ideas and plans but nothing that is ready to go in front of investors yet. Someday for sure though.

    Gypsy, Interesting article. Thanks for the link. Quality first, don’t be greedy is the smart way to build any respected brand, if only more companies will listen.


  6. You’ll get there Venus, don’t lose sight of that goal! Right now is probably not the best time to try to start a business anyway. Maybe when the economy stabilizes in the next couple years you can think more seriously about it. That gives you some time to really work out the details, too, which is good. We’ll all be rooting for you! 😀


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