From the Los Angeles Times:
Got a story to tell? Got piles of cash? There’s a new self-publishing service just for you.
Venture Press will help you make a book. It provides hands-on custom service: It will set you up with a ghostwriter and designers for the cover and layout. The company acknowledges that creating a book isn’t easy: “It’s an enormous challenge,” according to its website, “requiring hours of concentration and hard work in front of a computer screen, followed by the arduous task of turning your words into an actual book.”
Just hours? Most writers labor for days, weeks and months to write a book.
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Venture Press’ self-publishing service is designed to ease, streamline and speed up that process. But that all comes at a premium: The cost for a Venture Press book starts at $100,000.
“Who knows, you might be able to pay $100,000 for that service,” said Bob Young, president of the online self-publishing service Lulu, when Jacket Copy reached him by phone. “If you have more money than God, why wouldn’t you?”
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Self-publishing grew out of what was once called vanity publishing — small private printings geared for friends, family and professional colleagues. With readily available technologies for making books emerging in tandem with online markets for selling books, self-publishing has become a robust and lively business. “What you’re seeing in publishing is this remarkable transformation,” Young said. “It’s creating a huge number of additional authors who want to be heard, and it’s putting pressure on the publishers to reduce the number of authors they pay to do the work.”
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No one knows exactly who might pay the $100,000-plus cost of a book with Venture Press. As yet, the company, launched March 9, has not signed up any clients.
Link to the rest at the Los Angeles Times