Grey Gecko Press is a small, independent, full-service publishing company that was started with an equally small dream: Change publishing forever.
Okay, maybe not that small.
We looked at the way publishing works, from unedited manuscript all the way through to the bookstore shelf, and asked ourselves one question about all of it: Why?
None of it made any real sense if you weren't one of the big publishing companies. So we're changing everything from the ground up.
Here's the important bits:
- We pay authors some of the highest royalties in the business (50% net revenue, minimum)
- We involve authors, artists and editors in every step of the process.
- We publish only great books.
- We publish based on the merit of the work, not the resume of the author.
But we need your help!
What We Need & What You Get
Here's where the money's going:
Operating expenses for the next year, including paying our contractors (editors & artists), printing books, exhibiting at conventions, reasonable marketing costs, revamping our website, community outreach programs (including gift books for VA and children's hospitals, discounts or free books to active military, and scholarships to college), signing new authors, paying for the perks of the campaign, and, if there's a bit left over, paying our staff.
We have some great perks, including writing YOU into a book, either as a cameo or even as a minor character, along with lots of free books, including free hardcovers for the next 3-5 years at some levels and even having our authors come speak at your function.
If we don't quite manage to make our goal, we'll use what we can get to publish our current schedule and increase market awareness of our books and the company, as well as feed our hungry
If we exceed our goal, we'll be immediately starting our more expensive outreach programs, as well as hiring additional editors and artists to produce great fiction even faster!
Nothing good comes easy, or free. We all know that. Grey Gecko Press was started by authors, for authors, with the sole intention of providing a safe harbor in the madness that is traditional publishing. We're changing the way the system works, from the inside.
Our authors are excited to work with us not only because we treat them like the most important part of the process - which they are - but also because we involve them at every step in the process, from the editing through choosing the cover artist and artwork, to the marketing.
Our artists and editors love working for us because we make them a part of the process, too. We pay our artists & editors royalties on the books they work on, giving them "skin in the game" and giving them the residuals we all love so much.
Not only that, but we're working to become involved in our community, including visiting children's and VA hospitals, providing college/writing program scholarships to worthy writers, and giving free and discounted books to military folks. It's not just local, either: we recently signed an agreement to provide all our books to WorldReader for as long as their program exists.
Other Ways You Can Help
We know not everyone can help us out financially, especially in these troubled times. But there are still a bunch of ways you can help us and, more importantly, our authors, editors and artists.
- Use the built-in IndieGoGo sharing tools to share our story and this campaign with as many people as you can;
- Buy one of our books directly through our website, and get your book autographed and the ebook free;
- Tell your author/artist/editor friend about us, and how we're working to change the industry
We're going to change the world, one book at a time. Won't you help us?