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04-21-2010, 09:23 PM
Hello -- a note of introduction

This is Susan Bright, poet, author of 19 collections of poetry and, for 35 years now, editor and publisher of Plain View Press, an independent literary publishing house which publishes art quality, issue based work by poets, novelists and non fiction writers who use the art of words to create meaning.

Our process is collaborative. Since most funding for literature in the United States, and elsewhere, is local or regional, once we accept a work for publication we work with the writer to find funding for the project. We facilitate the collaborative process during every stage of book production in a sequence of steps which result in beautiful and important books. Our books don't go out of print and are available worldwide. We have published more than 300 books and more than 400 individual writers whose work has appeared in single author editions and anthologies.

We are not beholding to any single grantor, corporation or individual -- are an independent publishing house, and for that reason are able, and eager, to publish activist work, dealing with the major issues in out time.

The name of the press means: let people speak the truth about their lives.

Pls. go to our website: http://www.plainviewpress.net to get more information about how to submit work, to email me directly or to simply browse the catalog page.

Susan Bright, Poet/Publisher, Plain View Press

04-22-2010, 01:50 AM
Our books don't go out of print
Does this mean that you take publication rights for the life of the copyright?

Old Hack
04-22-2010, 10:48 AM
There's a discussion about PVP in Bewares and Background Checks (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4880570#post4880570)which is well worth a read.

04-22-2010, 01:52 PM
There's a discussion about PVP in Bewares and Background Checks (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4880570#post4880570)which is well worth a read.

I second this. Read before you decide to submit.

04-22-2010, 11:32 PM
I signed on yesterday to clarify an old listing that pops up on google.

The thread about Plain View Press that resulted is so full of insulting and demeaning comments, labeling that is not related to what we do and vitriol -- really substandard net etiquette -- that I respectfully request that it be deleted from the forum.

Writers (literary writers) who want to have a serious discussion about how we work in the context of other kinds of contemporary publishing should write to me thru our website: http://www.plainviewpress.net.

04-22-2010, 11:48 PM
If you'd like a formal review of the thread in question, I'm sure the mods wouldn't mind your requesting one. Happens all the time.


I'm sure they'd prefer you take the time to answer the questions put forth instead of insulting other members (:hi: Remember me? I'm the one with the gatsy pootz) and dancing around issues all while claiming we're denigrating your business.

And don't be surprised if/when this thread gets ported over to the other or deleted entirely. Again, happens all the time.

04-22-2010, 11:58 PM
Wait, in the other thread you insisted that people make money with your company...


About making money with one's writing -- a major focus of our collaborative process is to get the forces of the marketplace -- discounts, returns, hype -- out of the way so writers can receive as much from the sale of their work as possible. Do people/or investors break even? Make money?

Yes. If they didn't we wouldn't have lasted as long as we have. Break even is between 100 and 150 copies.

If people are breaking even by selling 100 to 150 copies of their books that you charge in the area of $1K to publish, and then going on to make profit, why is this in the Non Paying Markets forum?

04-23-2010, 12:00 AM
It got ported here from the newbie introduction room.

04-23-2010, 12:15 AM
Ah, well, that makes a bit more sense then.

Soccer Mom
04-23-2010, 01:38 AM
Easy there guys. Let's keep the discussion in B&BC. As Veinglory said, this got ported here from the newbie forum. I made the decision of where to move it prior to any of the other discussion currently taking place. I moved the thread here because this is a subsidy press.

Happy writing.

04-23-2010, 02:27 AM
I moved the thread here because this is a subsidy press.

I suspect that the publisher will disagree.

04-23-2010, 04:00 AM
Back to my question: what is the length of time for which Plain View takes print rights?