Given that -- in the latest poll -- 83% of you are either interested in self-publishing or "maybe" interested in self-publishing, I'm going to start talking about self-publishing more in upcoming posts, including my dream of having a loose community of indie authors coupled under the same label and pooling resources to get All The Nice Things traditionally denied to self-publishers. With that in mind, here's the opening FAQ on the AMP website:
Acacia Moon Publishing is a conglomeration of self-published indie authors who have chosen to pool their titles under a single catalog in order to distribute their books to as many outlets as possible. Our goal is to provide titles through every available marketplace and ecosystem. This lessens the gap between readers and writers, and allows consumers to support authors through whatever means they are most comfortable with.
Authors who publish under Acacia Moon handle their own sales through regular retail outlets, but may also chose to make their titles available to outlets open to larger publishers. Publishing under the AMP label is as simple as using an AMP-purchased ISBN, which marks a book as part of the AMP catalog.
Authors retain full control over their books and all copyrights, as well as the choice of distribution outlets and pricing. The author is paid directly by their chosen outlets and AMP has no legal standing (or desire) to interfere in the sales process. The only effective difference between ordinary self-publishing and self-publishing under the Acacia Moon label is:
1. An ISBN is supplied from the AMP account with Bowker. This allows authors to pool resources to purchase ISBNs cheaply in bulk.
2. A webpage and blogging community is supplied for the author on the AMP website. This allows authors to pool webpage resources and readers.
3. Community help is supplied to the author throughout the self-publishing process. This allows authors to pool knowledge to help each other "get back to writing".
4. Access is provided to sites which serve reviewers and libraries (NetGalley, Overdrive). This allows authors access to sites which require "X-or-more" titles for inclusion.
5. Anthology projects are organized for authors who have short stories ready for publishing. This allows authors immediate dissemination and audience growth.
Readers are encouraged to check out our list of writers and resources, and to visit our blog for details on new releases and insight into the world of self-publishing. Writers are welcome to contact us with anthology collaboration ideas or if they are interested in self-publishing under our label.
J.D. think it could use some whittling, and she's probably right, but it is what it is for the moment until I have a better idea of what parts of this is clear and what parts are unclear. That's where you Interested In Self-Publishing folks come in! What impressions do you have from this? Any questions? Thoughts? Ideas? Does the idea of a community of indie authors helping each other out on a strictly volunteer basis (no, seriously, this is not meant to be Drama, it'll be loose and fun and simple) appeal to you at all or am I dreaming the impossible dream?