Has anyone heard of or experienced "partner publishing"? There is a Christian publishing company, Deep River Books, whose specialty is helping new authors get published. They are adamant that they are not a vanity publisher. This is how they explain partner publishing:
"In this partnership, we enjoy working with new authors who have a constituency to distribute books direct, or with authors who are willing to work hard at developing a fan base. By partnering with the author, we can provide the professional services he or she needs while sharing the risk. The way we “share the risk” is by asking the author to purchase a pre-determined number of books for his or her own distribution at a discount off the retail price. This is the only cost to the author. There are no hidden charges or upsell fees.
The discounted price we offer, while substantially less than retail, is more than just the cost of printing. It helps cover our other costs, including editing, cover design, pre-press typesetting, marketing, advertising, and overhead. We pay for the above services as part of the expense. The more books the author orders, the bigger the discount he or she receives. In this partnership arrangement, we ask the author to order a minimum of one thousand copies at the time of the original printing to help defray the up-front costs of publishing the book.
The discount we offer is on a sliding scale, depending on the number of books the author agrees to purchase with the initial printing. It ranges from 30% to 75% off retail, depending on quantity.
We have your copies shipped to you, and we ship our copies to our distribution warehouses in Ohio. Our salesforce then works on pre-selling your book. It is also listed in our catalog, national book databases, and other selected places."
Even if this is a new concept to our community, I'd love to know what you think about it! Thank you!
Link to Deep River Books