Brash New Kids on the Block
Not long ago I had a conversation with Joel Goldman about his new venture with Lee
Goldberg. The two Edgar-award nominated winning bestselling authors have set up a publishing company that brashly claims to publish, “the best crime novels in existence.”
Each author found considerable success in self-publishing their own books that had gone out of print when the copyrights reverted to the authors. As prolific writers Joel and Lee had extensive backlists they were able to turn into active sources of income. Between them they sold 750, 000 books. Their self-published books were indistinguishable from traditionally-published books with cover art, formatting and editing as professional as any publisher could provide. The venture was more lucrative for the authors than traditional publication as it exists now.
They discovered that each of them had a mental list of wonderful books of crime fiction by other authors that were out of print including books by many female authors and minority authors. Although some works had been out of print for twenty years or more, they believed the books would be as appealing to readers today as they were when they were first published. After some discussion they decided to seek out the authors or their heirs and get the right to reissue the works through their own publishing company — Brash Books. In some ways the discussion brought to mind United Artists, which was set up in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and others, in part due to allow expression of their artistic sensibilities and in part as a response due to the uncertainty that existed in the motion picture industry at the time.
Joel said he and Lee wanted to limit the books they release at any time to a number low enough for Brash Books to full support the releases. They are open to new works but the numbers they will accept will be limited and their standards will be high.
You can find out more on facebook, Youtube and their website http://www.mysterythrillerbooks.com/
I hope they will be successful and I will be watching with interest