One of the underlying currents of this post-publishing seascape has been the idea of reigniting a very old entity: guilds. Bands of artisans that co-create, and share resources as well as influence.
Unlike publishers which own rights to manuscripts, take huge percentages of sales, and do very little in the way of concrete marketing, a band of like-minded creators who are bound solely by their will to contribute has the versatility and and flexibility to do far more than a publisher ever could. From artists maintaining 100% creative control, to keeping a far larger percentage of profits, to sharing their most valuable commodity–their loyal tribe of followers–guilds have the potential to be the driving force of the next era of publishing.
And we’ve started one.
I present to you Spearhead Books.
Chris Miller (of The Miller Brothers, who brought you The Codebearers Series) first called me earlier this year to discuss an idea he had: start with a small group of trusted, Christ-centered authors to pool their skills and create a central banner and meeting place for creating and distributing good stories. I immediately signed on, sharing his vision, and started to give some suggestions. A few name changes later–and the immediate incorporation of the magnanimous Wayne Thomas Batson into the fold–and Spearhead was born.
This announcement, of course, comes as no small coincidence with the pending re-release of The White Lion Chronicles in a week or so. (UPDATE: I’m waiting for Amazon to give me a hard release date, which is still pending). I’m thrilled to say that Rise of the Dibor, The Lion Vrie, and the highly anticipated Athera’s Dawn will be the very first books printed in association with Spearhead. Following shortly after will be The Miller Brothers’ Mech Mice (which I can’t wait to get my hands on!), and Wayne Thomas Batson’s new adult thriller Ghost (a story that may actually cause you to pee your pants).
Spearhead is a gathering of authors who combine efforts and resources, link arms through shared branding and emblems, co-occupy websites, and venture out on tour together. Not because they have strong backing, but because their audience is strong enough to trust them and those they create alongside of.
You should definitely check out the website spearheadbooks.com and read about the group (which is being launched tonight and receiving constant updates from all of us hourly), and share it with your friends. But even more importantly, you should tune in to Chris & Allan’s live broadcast
tonight at 7pm EST/4pm PST to hear more about the big announcement [UPDATE: archived broadcast coming shortly]. I may even call in from NY just for fun.
There will be plenty of news surrounding Spearhead in the weeks to come, including ways you can join the movement and the conversation, so please stay tuned. There are some incredible plans in the works, as well as ideas that I don’t know of anyone else doing to date.
I’m thrilled to be collaborating with such amazing men for the advancement of the Kingdom, and look forward to what these divinely-inspired minds will produce in the days to come. ch:
Let us know what you think! How can guild-like models be utilized in the future and to what end?