Starting a Business - Would a Publishing Business be Successful?

@clownfish (3276)
United States
November 15, 2006 3:08pm CST
Hi, Everyone! I would like the chance to pick the brains of some of you who are business owners or entrepenuers. I worked as a proofreader/editor for a small online publishing company for over a year. I don't want that experience to go to waste, and I've been mulling over the idea of starting my own epublishing company. I would publish short stories/novellas, poetry, etc. There are a lot of excellent writers out there who never get a chance to get published. I was thinking also of staying in family friendly genres, sweet romance, etc. No horror and nothing gory. What do you all think? Would it have a chance at being successful? Thanks in advance!
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3 responses
• United States
22 Dec 06
Publishing is a a pretty competitive world and to be honest there are so many out there. The big huge publishers pretty much can out do any of the small ones but often it's a matter of luck and finding your own niche. I do professional book reviews and have seen so many different small company names in the publishing business. I don't want to discourage you, but if you do decide to do it, plan for a lot of work and some pretty severe competition. You will need one big BANG book to make your name known and that's not always easy to do. I guess it's a matter of luck along side of tons of hard work.
@clownfish (3276)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Hi! Thanks for responding! I'm glad you made those comments. I was a proofreader then editor for an epublishing company started by a work at home mom. I agree with you, she was never able to quite get things going enough to start getting those big sales. We were paid on commission, and I think I made a whole $25.00 in the 15 or so months I worked for them LOL I have an idea for a niche that might work. If you are interested, I'll run it by you and see what you think. :-)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I have no idea, but I like writing! I got a copy of a publishing guide from 2003 for Christmas that same year, and it is one of the biggest books I have ever looked through! Thousands of publishers work worldwide and have very specific guidleines of what they will accept and what they expect from the biggining (such as manuscripts, how to contact them, etc.) I am completely unagented and have thought about it for years, but never have followed through with anything. If you get started let me know!!!
@clownfish (3276)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Hi! I'm glad you posted! One of the reasons I would like to start my own company is because there are so many talented writers out there who never get a chance to get their work published and have others read it. What genres do you like to write?
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
30 Nov 06
I have seen a blog out there about starting one. The girl is really struggling to bring things together, but making enough to get by right now. If I knew the URL I would give it to you.