Wednesday, September 09, 2009
"For a variety of reasons large and small, Quartet Press has decided to discontinue operations. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, a hard-working team, and the support of the community, things just don’t work out. "
I wonder if/when the full story will come out.
p.s. The record for shortest lifespan for an epublisher is currently held by Entrepid Press at 21 days.
The word spreads:
* Breaking News: Indie Publisher Quartet Press Ceases Operations: "Quartet Press, the new startup that showed such promise and recently snagged former Samhain editor Angela James as its editorial director, announced today that it will disband..."
* Digital Publisher Quartet Press Disbands: "A few months after seeking its first submissions, the fledgling digital publisher Quartet Press has disbanded."
* I Did NOT See This One Coming…: "I am truly in shock. This was a new publisher I was looking to submit work to..."
* Quartet Press Are Dead?: "Is that the quickest e-press death in history?"
* Quartet Press is No More: "I have no details as to why but this is massive stinky pile of crap for digital publishing"
* QUARTET PRESS CLOSES BEFORE IT OPENS: "I have no idea what happened"
Edited to Add: Some more information via PW: "They had planned for Quartet Press to essentially be an e-books-only publishing house ... In a phone interview with Meyer, she said that ongoing discussions with a number of digital vendors made it clear that their financial projections would not work."
* How I Spent My Summer Vacation: "Welcome back from whatever you did this summer. Me, I spent my time building a digital publishing company. It went mostly okay, though, in the end, there was no company to show for it...." (Isn't that a little... um, glib? "Mostly okay" except for authors whose work was thrown back on the marketplace and people who were left unemployed?)