Sunday, October 19, 2008


On Piers Anthony eXcessica is quoted: “We're a partnership publisher who works on a load-sharing/balancing principle to keep our costs negligible.”

I went to check out the submission guidelines and found: "we are a partnership rather than a standard publisher (who have editors and cover artists on staff) we require that you have your own manuscript edited and provide your own cover art ... With eXcessica there are no contracts, and no need for them. There’s just a simple agreement giving eXcessica non-exclusive right to publish your work, and we keep nothing. That’s right, we take no percentage of your sale. All sales are yours."


"to be clear, don’t worry! If needed, we do offer resources for editing and cover art production at no monetary cost to you."

So, I am assuming eXcessica is a co-op ("collaborative") where the founding members are covering overheads. However I find the offer of "resources" anything but clarifying. If a business is a publisher it provides these services as part of its contribution, if it is a co-op it does not provide these things as the author is self-publishing and so responsible for creating a retail-ready product. Anything in between, frankly, gets very confusing.

I will be tagging epublishers on the list that do not provide full service, coding (C) where the author provides their own editing/art etc and ($) where they are required to pay a fee for some services such as cover art/advertising etc. I am considering listing these companies separately from full-service epublishers with no fees, but could use some feedback on this issue.

As ever, sales data would be appreciated.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

May I just say that "no contracts" and "simple agreement" are mutually inconsistent phrases? Complicated or not, an enforceable agreement IS a contract.