Boundless Books

Once upon a time, when an author set out to write a book, telling the story was only the start, and selling the story involved the time-consuming task of approaching publishers, with or without an agent.

Now we have self-publishing, print on demand, e-books and crowd-sourced funding – all part of the changing landscape of publishing highlighted by writer Neil Gaiman in his keynote address to California University arts graduates:

“We’re in a transitional world right now, if you’re in any kind of artistic field, because the nature of distribution is changing… The distribution channels that people have built over the last century or so are in flux for print, for visual artists, for musicians, for creative people of all kinds.”

Unbound, which has just celebrated its first anniversary, is one example of a crowd-funding outlet for authors seeking an alternative to the conventional publishing route.  

Among the book pitches on the Unbound site are: “Brenda Monk is Funny”,  Katy Brand’s take on stand-up comedy, “Trust Me – I’m a Blue Peter Presenter” by Mark Curry and “Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope” by Stevyn Colgan, joining the dots between apparently random facts.

These yet-to-be published gems are currently raising funds via subscribers who can choose from a range of packages, from e-book or hardback, to launch party invitation.


~ by A_A on June 1, 2012.

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