Introducing Tule Publishing! | Janeblog - Yesterday, Jane Porter tweeted out this link that she had started a publishing house called Tule Publishing. There is no information about the house on the website, but you can see the first four covers of novellas that are being put out by this house and Ms. Porter’s blog. The covers are quite nice and I recognize the authors as being Harlequin authors.
Another author, Teresa Medeiros, announced the formation of her publishing house, Amber House. She is apparently re issuing backlist titles and publishing new front list work including a non fiction work. Medeiros “publishing house” isn’t acquiring new books and there is no word as to whether Tule is either.
Gemma Halliday, Inc. is a publishing house owned and operated by the author Gemma Halliday. Sibel Hodge announced that she had just “signed” with GHI a few days ago. There is no link for GHI itself.
I’m not sure whether these are author coops or actual publishing houses. I do think it is interesting that these houses, if they are publishing houses, aren’t subject to the same scrutiny given to larger publishing firms. And I’m not sure what the new author gets out of it? If it is primarily for covers, editing and distribution then isn’t it just an Author Services firm?
As a reader, are you more interested in a Gemma Halliday branded book or one by Jane Porter? It’s an interesting concept. I suspect we’ll see an increase in a number of author “publishing houses”.
Jeff Bezos Bought The Washington Post For One Thing: Distribution – There are a lot of musings on why Jeff Bezos bought the Post. Fast Company suggests it is because of the distribution although it’s biggest piece of evidence is unraveled at the end. First, the article argues that Bezos is “he’s now interested in distribution mechanisms for short-form, timely, and topical content.”
The author goes on to state that the Post has the best API of any newspaper but acknowledges that the API wasn’t part of the deal. But distribution ideas make sense or at least better sense than other musings which basically amount up to Bezos wanting a propaganda machine. Co.Labs ? code + community
Ebook silos and missed opportunities – Baldur Bjarnason writes that there is room for more ebook silos or custom ebook reading platforms like Marvin, a nice ePub reading system. He suggests that moving toward ebook silos gives the publisher greater control over the look and feel of the publication. He specifically cites “potential for a specialised comics app” and a “genre reading app does not have to limit itself to design configurability. A reading app for crime and mystery stories could integrate an extensive database of firearms, poisons, historical crimes, police terminology, and common codes for crimes.”
Dallas Middaugh on Kodanshas e-book Program” Yet, Kodansha Comics, who is the publisher of Sailor Moon and Attack on Titan, are suspending their dedicated iOS app and moving toward ebook program that “would make their manga available on multiple e-book platforms” Dallas Middaugh on Kodansha’s E-Book Program