eBook Publisher as a Roadrunner by Tad Wojnicki
Starting a publishing company yesterday, what did you need? Two things. First, a dry, brick-wall place, and second, a solid business plan. Before I forget … you also needed a bundle of cash for the shelves, desks, phones, faxes, printers, calculators, supplies and utilities.
But the office rent was the biggest cash hole.
So yesterday, running a publishing enterprise from home seemed smart. Otherwise, the “overhead” could choke the startup. But there was a killer-disadvantage to running a paper publishing company – the paper tended to grow in bulk.
I recall running a literary magazine, “Kontakty” from my Berkeley, California studio. The slush pile “oozed” from my kitchen table down to the floor, then across my living room, and finally, into my bathtub. When the submissions decked my bed, my sex life came to screeching halt. Having clients over turned risky. One look at my “dump” threatened to strip my small press of any legitimacy.
Starting a company today, there’s none of that. Proofs and galleys? Gone. Slush pile? Cleaned. Stuff is stored, proofed, and backed-up online. Sayonara to junk! What about the bundle of cash? Cash is always right, of course, but there’s no shelves, desks, or other office equipment to buy. We’re not a brick-and-mortar publishing house. We’re an epublisher.
Our company, www.Writers-and-Lovers.com is really a roadrunner. It consists of Kindle readers “on the go” – stretching our living room to hotel rooms, cafe tables, airport lounges, and palm-thatch bars. No walls, brick – or otherwise.
Great to have you back. Thank you again, Tad.
His poetry chapbook, Haiku On the Road is forthcoming from the Writers and Lovers Studio / www.writers-and-lovers.com.
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