By Edward Nawotka
Today’s lead story, a profile of Prague’s Twisted Spoon Press, describes the publisher’s take on having successful authors picked up by larger presses. He calls it “trickle-up publishing.”
How much do big publishers ultimately benefit from small press risk taking? For example, the effort a small publisher or literary magazine puts into discovering new talent and then putting it into print can be significant, yet yield only small returns. Then when a small publisher does have a hit, the author will likely jump to a deep pocketed mainstream publisher. Is the benefit two-way (such as the small publisher reaping the benefit of a big paperback rights deal) or does the balance tend to favor the big guy?
Read our story and let us know what you think in the comments.