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April 20, 2009

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Joyce Lavene

This is interesting and has a lot of good concepts to it. It's a little like the author co-ops. The hardest part is finding a bookstore to carry print books since distributors won't touch them. A lot would have to change, but so much has already changed that anything is possible.

Debbie Haupt

Speaking from a readers standpoint, I think it's a great idea. Who better to establish new ideas for publishing than authors who know the inside and out of good and bad publishing, and I think it's a great idea that authors have a bigger role in their own success. It might even get more great undiscovered authors published.

Douglas Clegg

I'm about to go read the link, but wanted to add that David Hewson is a great, great novelist.

His novel Garden of Evil was riveting.

April Alliston

Count me in.

Richard Grayson

Uh, MJ, I worked for the Fiction Collective 34 years ago: http://who-will-kiss-the-pig.blogspot.com/2009/01/kings-courier-profiles-brooklyn-author.html

So this is old, old, old - like me.

You can learn about the Fiction Collective's history here: http://fc2.org/about_us.aspx

David Hewson

Glad to have sparked some comment, MJ - and thanks for the very kind words about the book (you too Doug). The principal point it seems to me is that the existing system is crumbling under technological change, accelerated by the recession. Something new is going to emerge. Authors should be helping shape it and make it better all round.

Mark Sullivan

I'm wondering what you all think of the google books settlement. I own the copyright on four of my backlist books. Does it make sense to take the settlement, or to opt out?

Lisa Hendrix

"a group of authors band together and start the first publishing company owned by and run by authors"

That would be Belle Books — http://www.bellebooks.com/ — founded in 1999 by Nancy Knight, Deborah Smith, Sandra Chastain, Virginia Ellis, Donna Ball, and Debra Dixon. Between them, they'd authored hundreds of books published by traditional NY publishers, but they wanted more. Starting out with Southern women's fiction, they've now expanded into children's books, non-fiction, and now into audio and ebooks.

Christine Carey

I think the idea of getting books out there less expensively is all fine and dandy, but I don't see how this will be less expensive. You still need editors, copy editors, cover artists, and all of the people that go along with them. If you're cutting those people out of the equation and expect the writer to take over all of that, then you end up with stuff that I'm really not interested in buying, let alone buying into through writing.

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