There are new publishers popping up all the time. Traditional publishing isn't dead yet, and it might still survive in its current incarnation (maybe). But as New York tightens its lines and dumps long-standing midlist authors who just aren't increasing their sell-through like they ought, digital-first and POD publishing, and even self-publishing, are becoming hella more mainstream.This is a good thing, though others argue that the lack of appropriate, proven gatekeepers means doom and horror for all.
It's a new age. New technology means we have the ability to try out radical business models and give power back to the author. Not to mention readers who clamor for something New York just isn't willing to try.
When some folks I heartily respect announced they had opened the doors of their new publishing company, I perked up. These ladies are not fools, they're serious about the craft, the art, and the business of writing, and anything they do is bound to be exciting. I watched as they found some asses, kicked them, took a few names, and grew their reputation before they'd even released their first books.
I'm now an assistant editor for that publisher and couldn't be more excited. The business model is fabulous and very much in favor of the author. With the help of an advisory board, beautiful cover art, and a fabulous team of industry pros providing top-notch editing and publicity, this group is ready to give authors every advantage.
I can't wait to show you what we've got. :) Prepare for some pimping.