Thinklings Staff Spotlight: Ali Chehab
Every now and then, we'll post an interview with one of our staff members so you can get to know our team a little better. Today, we're spotlighting Ali Chehab, our Hive Queen and "everything lady." She's been invaluable to us in the business realm, keeping us on track and organized, and doing much more than we have time or space to mention here.
In our digital age, book publishing involves so much more than, well, publishing books. Gone are the days of only a few companies printing and distributing all of the country’s literature. There are so many books and so many publishers now that skillful marketing has become essential. Life-and-death, even, to a company.
That last sentence sounded so serious! Maybe a bit dramatic. I promise this post is going to be fun—hang tight.
What kind of publisher is Thinklings?
We answered the question "What is speculative fiction?" pretty quickly, but another question that seems to be coming up often is: "What kind of publisher is Thinklings?" We haven’t actually put a name to the type of publisher we are because there isn’t anyone else out there like us. But, since people like to be able to name things, and often use the established systems to do so, people often call us “indie” or “small press.” Thankfully, no one has confused us with the predatory vanity presses, which are publishers who have ads on TV (or elsewhere) trolling for unsuspecting writers. Everyone knows we aren’t traditional, so that must leave one of the other two: indie or small press.
But...we’re not either of those.
UPDATE: You can read the first chapter of Bargaining Power here for free!
Every time we release a book, we’ll post an interview with its author during the week the book becomes available for preorder. Today is the preorder launch of Bargaining Power, our thrilling first book, and we are interviewing Deborah Natelson (who also happens to be our CEO).