Name of press:
, NY-- just outside of
-- and Chicago. And Seattle.
In what year was your press founded?
How many people are on your staff?
Silverthought's founder, Paul Hughes, handles acquisitions, marketing, and nearly all of the editing involved in the book production line. He also generally handles all day-to-day business aspects of the company. Len Nicholas has provided Silverthought with the bulk of the cover art in their catalog, with occasional other artists making an appearance. The Silverthought community of authors has had a web forum for almost ten years, and this lively message board is managed by Anders Laughton. So, Paul Hughes: Executive Editor Len Nicholas: Cover Designer Anders Laughton: Forum Administrator Mark Brand: Associate Editor Russell Lutz: Associate Editor Becci Noblit Goodall: Associate Editor Scott Lyerly: Associate Editor
Tell us how your press came to be:
Silverthought Press was originally envisioned in early 2001 as a web-based vehicle for works in progress and serial fiction from a small cadre of young
authors. Following the success of a number of independent book projects by the authors involved, executive editor Paul Hughes decided to create a hybrid print press pairing traditional book acquisition and editing with modern digital design and production methods.
What is the biggest challenge for a small press, in your opinion?
Currently the biggest challenge is reaching out into traditional bookstore distribution. It can be done, but the margins are razor thin and require an enormous amount of time and energy spend beforehand in order to fuel demand for the books. Even independent bookstores willing to take a risk on an unknown company or author can do little to alleviate this. The relatively-small profits of a sold book must be shared between publisher, author, and retailer. Even in a digital model, printing the books remains the largest production cost and drives book pricing. On a more positive note, some of our authors have enjoyed considerable success (both in popularity and royalties) in the digital-reader book market. It will be exciting to see how on-demand digital downloading will continue to change the face of book distribution.
What do you most enjoy about the state of the publishing industry right now?
The quality of digital printing processes have improved dramatically over the last ten years, and it has had the effect that affordable digital filmmaking had on directors like
. Very high quality books can be produced on a budget affordable by even smaller independent companies. As always, a book's worth is dependent on the effort and inspiration of those who created it. With that in mind, however, there is now virtually no cosmetic difference between a book printed digitally or one produced by an offset press. The old saying about "judging a book by its cover" has a kernel of truth in it, and even when an indie publisher manages to find, edit, and produce a terrific book, there is still this factor to consider. Closing this gap has helped small independent companies produce very sturdy, attractive books. Perhaps now more than ever, an independently produced book is something to buy and enjoy.
What do you wish more people knew about your press?
The most important thing we'd like people to know about Silverthought Press is that we highly encourage writers, editors, artists, and fans to interact with us on our online forums. We have maintained these forums for many years simply as a way to coordinate the efforts of authors and staff who live in every corner of the country and abroad, but we love to meet new people and everyone (regardless of skill level or specific interests) is welcome. We do have a section of the forums where new authors can receive critiques and feedback from our authors and fans, and we always enjoy talking about science fiction and hearing new voices. On these forums, we hold semi-regular short fiction contests which anyone may enter. Many of our published authors were writers who stumbled across our message board and decided to submit their pieces to us. If you love good independent fiction, consider yourself invited.
Where can people find you on the Web?