So, the other day, I'm taking a quick walk around the social media neighborhood and I see a link. Someone was asking for people who had self-published to interview with them for their blog. I thought that was interesting, and since I self-publish with Indie Artist Press, I thought I might go for it. Then I noticed that the entity asking for interview subjects was, in fact, a publishing company.
Even more interesting. Why would a publishing company ask for self-published authors to interview for their blog? Unless... <Queue Belt from the The Croods... Dun Dun DUUUUUUN!> Love that little guy!
And I was right. They are JUST LIKE US! Except they aren't.
I'm not going to link to them here, but I do wish them all the best of luck in the world. They offer the same kinds of services that we do, and for almost exactly the same reasons that we do. They don't appear to have the same financing options that we do, although they do have one package that is FREE! (Everyone likes FREE!) Except that you get a 40% royalty for ... ever. So it's not free. There is just no end in site for your monthly payments.
This got me to thinking. What if we're NOT the FIRST Non-publisher publisher out there like we thought we were. What if other folks have been paying 100% royalties and helping others self-publish long before we "thought" it up?
I did some searching and I have found loads of places that claim to be "self-publishers." I have found a lot of complaints about most of them, but in the end, they all have one thing in common with each other and a very important thing NOT in common with us.
They will take money from ANYONE. If you have put words into a fixed format in a word processor and you want to self-publish those words, these companies will take your money. Period. Full stop. End of discussion.
And that's where IAP is different. We have to BELIEVE in your story, in the potential and your work must EARN the right to be published with IAP. Does that make us snobby? Yeah. It does. Why? Because we want our books to have the quality that the reading public deserves. We want your book to be situated next to other books that all bear our imprint with pride, honor and a quality assurance that speaks to the readers, book buyers and consumers of the literary community.
I couldn't find a single "self-publisher" out there who actually chooses NOT to publish someone because their work is worthy of the slush pile. Not one. They have latched onto the word "self-publishing" as the new "it" thing and superimposed it over "Vanity Press."
We are not a "self-publisher" by that definition.
We are not a "Vanity Press."
We are a non-publisher publisher and we are the next, best thing.