If you’re on Twitter or online researching publishing, digital development, social media, DRM, or the intersection of the web and the publishing industry, you’ve probably run into Kassia Krozser at Booksquare.com or in person at conferences like Tools of Change in Publishing, which was sponsored in part by Booksquare.com.
KK: I’m actually quite enthusiastic about the prospects for books, if not the publishing business as we know it. If you look at it from the outside, the way publishing works is quite unsustainable, from the way they sell books to the fact that they admittedly don’t have a clue how to determine what books will become big sellers. That being said, lots of books are being written and lots of books are being published. And there are a lot of smart people out in litland thinking of ways to get books and readers together—from continuing to publish novels to thinking beyond the book….
Every time I meet Kassia, whether it’s at RWA or at Tools of Change or in an email thread, I learn something. So I’m twitching in my chair with glee at the news that she and her business partners are launching a digital publishing house, Quartet Publishing:
It’s a bit frustrating for me to see the lack of educational programming on the schedule because I have believed in this market since 1998. Digital publishing isn’t an either/or choice – it’s the embodiment of either/and. For authors, publishers, and readers. With such freedom comes great opportunity.
A wise person recently said to me “If you’re paying attention, you’re getting into digital publishing Right Now.” Confidentially, that’s exactly what I’m doing – well, me and three incredible business partners. We’re still in the infrastructure-building phase (trust me: we’re not your mother’s epublisher!), and will be opening the doors for business very soon. To keep up with our progress, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/quartetpress. While the website is in development, we’ll be taking submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org (email with questions).
It’s a brave new world, and I’m excited to be part of it.
In the meantime, I hope every author out there focuses her (or his!) industry study time on the myriad issues relating to digital publishing. We have seen the future, and it is happening right now.
You go girl. Go on with your bad self. Cue epic kvelling!