Blogs Into Publishers

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16 August 2010

Two great online literary sites — TheNervousBreakdown.com and FiveChapters.com — have recently announced that they are going into the indie publishing biz.   Each have already lined up a few forthcoming titles.  I think 1) wow, that’s exciting, and 2) what does this mean?

Looking ahead to the process of trying to publish my sophomore novel, and realizing how much the literary publishing biz has changed, even just in the last two years since Long for This World was acquired by Scribner; I have no idea what to expect.   But I’m encouraged about what’s happening in indie publishing, i.e.  a potential trend toward the proliferation of high-quality and nimble publishing outlets, as opposed to increasing conglomeration of just a few mega-publishers.  Having interacted/worked with the editors of both the aforementioned lit sites, along with a few others, I feel optimistic; a TNB or FC title will no doubt be well-regarded, not to mention well-publicized.  These guys know and love literature and are, in my estimation, forces for good.

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