Women’s writing site She Writes launches book publishing division
She Writes Press' structure is very interesting. I am not fully comfortable with some of the arrangements.
When an author’s book is accepted, she signs an agreement and buys the basic “She Publishes” package, which costs $3,900 and includes services like interior design, cover design, ebook production, proofreading, distribution via Ingram and some marketing. Authors can pay extra for services like copyediting and galleys.
The rates are actually pretty reasonable. One could spend far less, but many spend far more. I just don't like the author paying the publisher. Given the history of companies ripping off authors I think that a better arrangement would be direct the authors to free-lancers to perform the various tasks involved. That being said, there are some tricky issues related to maintaining quality and brand continuity that have to be addressed.
For anyone interested in hybrid publishing She Writes Press could be worth studying.
By the way, another writers' community, the Writer's Coffee Shop, made up primarily of women, also went into publishing last year. Their first book was called "Fifty Shades of Grey." You might have heard of it.