Black Hound has launched their writers co-operative, starting in earnest in the New Year. The idea arose at about the same time as I began writing this blog, which was inspired by an article, a cutting from a magazine handed to me by a colleague at work. I won't revisit the details as this is covered in previous posts but, the basic idea that presented itself arose from the news that Kindle books via Amazon had, for the first time, outsold their paperback sales in the U.S. Readers can now avoid high-street book stores completely and download titles directly from Amazon. This in itself is not new, but, and this is the single most important factor, writers can now upload their work directly to Amazon thus eliminating the need for a conventional route to market vis agents and publishers.
The intention of forming a co-operative is to capitalise on the ability to get an e-book directly from edited and formatted text to the store-front on Amazon. By forming a collective, a group of authors with various skills and experience, all editing, formatting, artistry and distribution can take place 'in house' and as such the financial returns can be maximised. As all authors within the co-op will, at some time, require the assistance of other members, it is the intention that all help and advice will be either freely given or any recompense pre-agreed and paid when, and only when, monies are received on royalties arising from the publication.
The first thing we need to make this work is to attract members. To help this we are holding a short story competition, with a Kindle as the first prize. So, come on, if anyone is actually reading this, join the co-op and/or enter the competition.