Crooked Cat Publishing is a mere kitten beside the older, bigger and more established publishing houses. But through the tireless work of Steph and Laurence they have now expanded into paperbacks to compliment their ever-growing eBook list.
The “lions” in the industry have much on their side. Size does matter. For example:
- They print books at a fraction of the cost
- They can thus afford distribution and retail costs (and these are substantial)
- They have marketing and promotion teams and strategies
- They have access to larger media outlets, major TV, radio and print producers for promoting their books and authors
- They are very selective and have the big names
I’m a reader as well as a writer so I appreciate competitive prices and easy access to my favourite authors. But I think there is a case for supporting the independents.
The problem large companies have is risk aversion. They want safe story lines and saleable names. This means we get lots of books by celebrities and psuedo-celebs and stories with proven marketability, ones that fit neatly into tidy boxes.
There was a time in the 60s and 70s, when cinemas were shutting everywhere and I suspect risk aversion was part of the problem. People tire of same old, same old.
Hollywood was renewed and reborn with the earlier collapse of the studio system, and the works of many new and experimental film-makers (Tim Dirks, AMC Filmsite)
The same thing happened in children’s literature. The first Harry Potter book was rejected by a dozen of publishers before it was taken on and brought reading alive for millions of children around the world.
So I urge readers to take a chance on the independent publishers. Their paperbacks may cost a little more but often their eBooks are cheaper. Amazon may have its faults but they’ve opened the door for these companies, as well as self-publishers. And if you like one of these indie books, do please tell your friends. Look what word of mouth did for self-published novel, The Shack.
My book, Once Removed, is now available in paperback.
- New Survey Documents Growth of eBook Publishing Business and Reveals Publishers’ Production and Distribution Approaches (infodocket.com)
- What Content Marketers Need to Know About Interactive eBooks (contentmarketinginstitute.com)
- Publishing Is under Attack from a “New” Technology … Paperbacks! (geardiary.com)
- Apple, publishers, and the reality of eBook price-fixing (itproportal.com)
- eBooks Have “Arrived” According to Aptara-PW’s Annual eBook Survey of Publishers (lawprofessors.typepad.com)