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.
So we had a big brainstorming session last week to settle on specific nomenclature for our type of publisher. Our idea has always been that we want to make a publisher that can handle the needs of the modern writer, like help with social media presence.
After terms like “hybrid,” “IDK,” “unique,” “yo mama,” and a million others were thrown out, we were finally hit with the obvious: The publisher for a modern writer would be a modern publisher, duh!
So Thinklings is a modern publisher for the digital, mobile age.
If you want to read more about our business model and specifics on how we are different from the big New York City publishing companies, read our blog posts about diversifying our income and cutting our costs.
It can be hard to put exactly into words, but what we’ve set out to do is to be the kind of publisher that we would want to publish our own books. So here’s a list of what we want to do:
As you can tell from the above information, our top values and priorities are quality and community. We strive to provide the best product to our readers and the best service and support to our authors.
No publishing company is 100% perfect, but we believe our business model addresses the issues and meets the needs of modern writers. It’s about time someone started this #PublishingRevolution!