A lot of people are asking me why I’m crowd-funding DUNCTON WOOD (as opposed to going the conventional main-stream publisher route) and why with Unbound Books. Several reasons. First, it’s a lot more fun working with a young, highly creative and talented team than with an at-a-distance/don’t-call-us-we’ll-call-you old style more… publisher. The first wants involvement, the second often actively discourages it. The first is warmly personal, the second coldly commodified. That personal touch is key to us authors staying motivated, positive and full of new ideas.
Second, it’s about authors staying in control. A major cause of stress and distress for authors with old-style print publishing is the sense they have lost control of their baby. It feels like – and I speak from a LOT of experience of books and babies – giving up your baby at birth to an incommunicative adoption agency. The Magdalene Sisters come to mind. Horrible.
Third, feedback. Conventional publishers are slow and parsimonious with information about sales and much else and, frankly, can be very economical with the truth. A modern, cutting edge publisher like Unbound wants to tell you what’s happening, wants to keep you informed, and, better still, wants you the reader/customer to feel fully involved as well. How great is that! I could go on but here’s a link http://blog.unbound.com/ to the Unbound page that tells you how this very successful operation got started and how it works.