In 2008 alone, over 550, 000 new book titles were published. The supply problem in publishing has been solved. The challenge of the future is in generating demand for individual titles, especially for not-yet established writers. In the current sea of content, how can:
Cursor believes the answers lie in a new, social approach to publishing, one that see the supply chain as just one part of the value of the ecosystem; an approach that marries social networks to publishing.
Cursor is establishing a portfolio of powerful, self-reinforcing online membership communities that develop markets for (professional) Authors, engage Reader Members, and support emerging Writers.
Cursor’s three initial communities (each with its own digital/print publishing arm) are in areas that currently draw strong participation on the web. 1) Science Fiction/Fantasy [charmQuark]; 2) Pop-Lit-Alt-Cult [Red Lemonade] 3) African-American culture [Dark Matter]
Each of our branded, aesthetically/thematically contiguous communities features the fullest possible collaboration and engagement including, for example, the opportunity for readers and writers to actively engage with early drafts of an Author’s work; the opportunity for editors to publicly edit the book, a rendering transparent of the publishing process; and the opportunity for writers to discuss and comment on each other’s work and instructors’ use in our courses.
We surround the audience, and empower the audience, offering reading, sharing, writing and publishing.
Reading—Readers and Writers connecting with Authors:
Sharing—Readers Connecting with Readers:
Writing—Writers connecting with Writers: The book is a tool for learning to write so for writers aspiring to be professionally published we offer:
Publishing—Authors connecting with Readers. We offer Authors:
The Economy of the Ecosystem
All the works we publish will be available as part of an online Library, as digital downloads, print publications, and as limited editions.
Richard Nash ran Soft Skull Press, now an imprint of Counterpoint, from 2001 to 2007 and ran the imprint on behalf of Counterpoint until early 2009. He now consults for authors and publishers on how to reach readers and is developing a start-up called Cursor, a portfolio of niche social publishing communities.
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