Splashdown Books changes business model

gracebridgesGrace Bridges, owner of Splashdown Books, recently changed the company’s business model from royalty share to an author co-op.

Under the royalty share plan, books were published with no cash investment by the author. Now, authors will pay Bridges for the editing of their books, but will retain all rights and royalties while effectively self-publishing with professional support and, if approved, using the Splashdown brand.

The major way in which this model differs from most subsidy presses is that Splashdown doesn’t accept a manuscript from just anyone who can pay the bill. All books published under the Splashdown imprint still must receive Bridges’s approval, both for the final manuscript and the overall product design, for which assistance is also offered if necessary.

This strikes a great balance between traditional publishing, in which publishers cannot always recoup expenses in a timely way, and subsidy publishing, in which printers provide service without applying any discernment to the quality of the work.

For more information about the change, see the Splashdown Books submissions page.


About Kristen Stieffel

Kristen Stieffel is a writer and freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction. She's a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, and American Christian Fiction Writers.

3 comments on “Splashdown Books changes business model

  1. This seems like a responsible move for Splashdown. While it may cause some hesitation on the part of authors who are considering who to contract with because of the upfront cost. The expense of a good editor and proofreader will always pay off in the end in both good reviews and sales.
    I think it will, ultimately, prove to be a good move for Splashdown.

    • The upfront cost is always a concern for going indie, but her editing costs are a steal. I am in the process of submitting to places that wouldn’t require an upfront cost, partly because there is a large risk in hiring an editor that you don’t know will work out, but for those who would rather hire an editor, this is a great deal.

  2. I love the move. Grace gets paid for editing, the author keeps rights, 100% royalties (minus distributors cuts), and the brand.

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