I’m growing more serious in exploring the field of book publishing. Both Jim Curley and Christopher Blunt (buy their books!) have made an impressive go of it, with some preliminary success, though both men are busy with other pursuits. Apart from the financial difficulties common to all start-ups, publishing seems to be an ideal home-based enterprise. So I have a few questions for my readers.
1. What kinds of books do you buy? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Short stories or novels? Do you read poetry? Humor? Essays? Plays? Or do you mainly just read blogs?
2. What kinds of books would you like to read but can’t seem to find?
3. Can you think of a market niche for books that isn’t presently well-served?
4. There appear to be thousands of out-of-print books in the public domain. Do you find reading older books to be difficult or boring?
5. Do you patronize small, independent publishers directly? Or do you prefer Amazon and Barnes & Noble?
6. Have you (or anyone you know) written a good book for which you can’t find a publisher?
7. If you homeschool, do your children read contemporary children’s books? If so, what are they? If not, why not?
8. Also for homeschoolers: what kinds of books, if any, would you like to see in your curriculum but can’t seem to find? Manners and etiquette? Homemaking skills? Logic and critical thinking? Social science that isn’t ultra-liberal or politically correct?
9. Do you think there is a niche for publishers that focus specifically on local/regional history, culture, economics, environment, politics, etc.?
If you have other thoughts or insights related to publishing, I’d be grateful if you would share them here. Thanks in advance.