“We [Maverick House] will enter into traditional contracts with authors whereby we pay for publication, but the books will not be sold through a traditional retail method. It’s the normal publishing process, but it involves small print runs. At times, we may also enter into profit sharing contracts which gives us greater flexibility to meet our own requirements and the requirements of our authors. Book Republic aims to offer new authors the opportunity to get published and kick-start their writing careers.”
Book Republic, through it’s first year of operation, and its established reputation of being an imprint of a successful and innovative publishing house – Maverick House Publishing – has proved that the soundest method of developing a different strategy can present real opportunities for new and less well-known authors. This is what makes the endeavour and success of Book Republic stand head and shoulders above the half-hearted efforts of US publishers Thomas Nelson and Harlequin with their WestBow and Dellarte imprints. Maverick House could have chosen likewise to develop a self-publishing imprint, but instead chose to follow the steadfast belief that the publisher should take the financial risk and look to be innovative about maximizing the chances of success for every book it commits to publishing.
This publishing imprint has dramatically curtailed its output of titles in 2012, and, as of May, the website is no longer available. At least one author has sought a rights reversion, and TIPM has heard of at least three reports that this publishing imprint has experienced problems with print/distribution of books and staff changes. This has not affected Maverick House Publishing. It would have helped if Book Republic professionally communicated its change in business strategy to all its authors. I’m afraid Twitter doesn’t count as a professional mode of contractual communication.
Book Republic, as an imprint of Maverick House Publishing, is no longer publishing new titles. Some authors have had all rights reverted back to them.