“Before making any decision, Venture Press will arrange for you to meet or talk to four different ghostwriters. Why? Because every author has a different voice, a different personality and a different need. Every writer will have knowledge and experience in your particular area of interest and their professionalism will be reflected in the books they’ve previously written: all published by a major publishing house.
Venture Press will guide you through the process. But the story will be yours. The voice will be yours. The book — in paper or ebook format, from a single copy to large quantities — will be yours. We can help you make it happen.”
And while I don’t disagree with the above, most, if not 95% of authors don’t have the investment Venture Press require to take on a book project. According to Alison Berry in Time NewsFeed, the self-publishing fee started at $75,000. Jacket Copy on the LA Times now cites the fee at $100,000. Maybe there was a strategy revision at Venture over the Christmas period. For that fee, whichever, you get the following (Venture Press website):
- Obtain ISBN
- Obtain copyright
- Secure Bar Code
- Printer selection
- Print and/or Ebook formatting
- Interior design/typesetting
- Front and Back Cover Design
- IndieReader.com book review
- Inclusion on the IR site with link to online sales venue(s)
- Bound proof copy of the book for verification prior to first printing
- Registration with Bowkers Books in Print and Library of Congress
- Inclusion in IndieReader Selects (our distribution program to independent bookstores)
- Distribution via Amazon, B&N and other online bookstores
…and, take note of that ‘Additional’…
- In-depth marketing and publicity services, including social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc)
- Securing book reviews
- Creating an author website and Amazon sales page
Now, blow me down the street with a summer hose, but that all looks very familiar to me. I could be looking at any author solutions service package from AuthorHouse to Infinity, to BookLocker; choose many other services for self-published authors that comes to mind. Most of them offer services from $300-$3000. I’d hazard BookLocker might even argue they offer more for their minuscule fee, in light of the above Venture fee. I also can’t see any author willing to pay these fees and settling for sales to ‘independent bookstores’.
The IndieReader references on the Venture Press website caught my eye, and I instantly wondered why on earth would a community and service resource like IndieReader get involved with Venture Press. Then I clicked the ‘Who Are We?’ page on Venture’s website…
2MCommunications Ltd. was founded in 1982 by British born Madeleine Morel, a former literary agent. 2M works exclusively with other leading literary agents and editors at the major publishing houses whose high profile authors, celebrities and public figures require confidential associations and talented professionals to turn their spoken words into books.
IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self published books and the people who write them, was founded by Amy Edelman, an author and long-time PR professional. Edelman created the site with the goal of making the category of indie books both “sexy” and more legitimate. IndieReader Publishing Services (IRPS), a sister business, was launched shortly thereafter.
Working with a select group of professionals—from interior and cover designers to printers and publicists— IRPS produces titles in all categories and formats, helping independent authors turn their words into books they can be proud of.
“Venture Press assists authors who want to retain control of their work and independently publish in the smartest, most creative and cost-effective way possible.
Venture Press’s writers — many whom have had books on The New York Times bestseller list — have all been published by major houses including Avon, Ballantine, Chronicle, Clarkson Potter, Crown, Doubleday, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Free Press, Grand Central Publishing, HarperCollins, Penguin Putnam, Perseus, Random House, Rodale, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, and Wiley.”
“No one knows exactly who might pay the $100,000-plus cost of a book with Venture Press. As yet, the company, launched March 9, has not signed up any clients.”