I've been offered a contract to publish and distribute my internet marketing "how to-" book through Traffic Sail Press, a small press outfit set up by the owners of Todd and Clare Dating: https://www.toddandclare.com
Traffic Sail has something to do with Kevin Weiss, formerly of Author Solutions, either as a board advisor or book distribution agent who has helped Mr Hammond
get his book distributed widely.
Weiss is now at UniTrends, a software company in MA, so I don't think he's directly still in the book biz per se, but I take it would still have significant contacts.
Traffic Sail's contract isn't asking any investment upfront, and is leveraged heavily on book's getting mainstream bookstore distribution... I think through AuthorSolutions ex-contractors.
Traffic Sail has mentioned in email correspondence that they have some kind of sub-partnership via a book agent of IPG (Independent Publishers' Group), but it is not listed on the official IPG Client Publishers anywhere: http://www.ipgbook.com/publishers-pages-32.php
Is it possible to get sub-partnership distribution through a national outfit like IPG, and get into chains maybe through a backdoor??
Disclosure: I had a contractor relationship with Todd and Clare in the past: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/show...67#post9607667
Traffic Sail to date still only has 1 book, but obviously if Traffic Sail has got contacts like IPG, common sense dictates I'm open to a possible relationship.
What's the feeling about going with such a small outfit for a new author wanting to be taken seriously?