View Full Version : co-publishing

09-07-2012, 06:10 AM
Has anyone tried co-publihsing a picture book? Or co-publishing in general?

Old Hack
09-07-2012, 10:24 AM
What do you mean by co-publishing?

09-07-2012, 05:57 PM
I don't know what it means either; could you clarify?

09-07-2012, 08:06 PM
Is that what some agents have been calling their publishing (non-agenting) endeavors, helping a client self-publish?

09-07-2012, 10:09 PM
My understanding of co-publishing is it is another name being used by vanity presses who want to avoid that name.

I queried a publisher whose site made no mention of author fees or co-publishing until they said they wanted to publish my novel. Then their line was they were into "co-publishing" and I would front $5000. Needless to say I passed on co-publishing.

09-07-2012, 10:47 PM
I think you're right regdog. Thank you.

09-08-2012, 12:08 AM
I've worked for and with reputable publishers who did co-publishing/ book packaging ventures. So it's not a surefire truth that anyone who uses this business model is a sham publisher.

However, in all instances I was involved with, the co-published book was an extremely specialized non-fiction book, and often primarily intended for the clients of the co-publisher, who was usually a corporation who was publishing the book as part of a larger marketing effort rather than an individual.

I would be very wary of someone offering to co-publish fiction, especially if you didn't approach the publisher with the idea of "Hey, I've got $5,000 to spend and I think a book would be a great marketing tool for my goals."

09-08-2012, 12:56 AM
I am not sure it is a case of a "model" so much as a "word" that is in the process of being hijacked to mean something else entirely.