Concrete Jungle Press
The Need for Small Publishers
In the Beginning
Originally, all great authors were self-published. It was the nature of the business. With the rise of large commercial publihsng houses over the turn of the century, (the twentieth century), opportunities for authors had dwindled until only a few prominent names were left.
A Daunting Task
Today, trying to join the ranks of those few is a daunting task. With the advent of technology, a number of small presses are emerging to fill the void. Many of these concerns use the internet for advertising, promotion, and sales. Of course businesses will always try to compete any way they can.
Concrete Jungle Press shares a unique position to fill an important niche overlooked by big, commercial publishers. It is the duty of the small press to offer its readers something more engaging than thrillers or special effects action. Fortunately, many organizations have emerged to support the work of small publishers. Links to these are located all over this site.
Tell It Like a Story
Our goal is to rekindle the spirit of old-fashioned story-telling to a depth once bestowed upon by such great classics as Sabrina, Rear Window and Little House on the Prairie, just to name a few. The art of story telling is making a comeback.
The Nature of the Small Press
Small press operations are as diverse as people, ranging from a modest basement operation in which the proprietor prints booklets and newsletters on a home-based printer, to a totally autonomous, professional, in-house operation. Most small publishers send out their copy to printers. Many operate on the low end rather than the high end because everyone would like to get into the act. That kind of pressure makes the whole publishing industry more competitive. Is it good for business? Who has a crystal ball? However, all the effort and excitement generated by the scramble for success is definitely beneficial to the reader.
One of the most difficult aspects of the small press is to gain recognition. Unknown weriters are constantly struggling to geet reviews. Again, the big players do not want to touch them. Does this mean that unknown writers operating with unknown small presses can expect to be left out of the business?
To fill this important gap someone brave enough to stand up to the big boys had to risk a reputation by forging a link between unknown writers and reputable publishers. This link needed to engage the unknown publisher and self-published authors so that they would be given an equitable chance to make their debut. Why not just "hire" a reviewer? Indeed, someone has done just that. ForeWord CLARION Reviews was created to address this problem.
Self-publishing does not have to be limited to book production. Indeed, those who strongly believe in their creations are willing to invest their own time, money, and effort.
In Recent times
The story of the I Love Lucy show is a perfect example. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz created their own production company, Desilu Productions, which put their wonderful ideas of situation comedy into vibrant action.
Shakespeare was a do-it-yourselfer, creating his own props, posing as his own characters in his own plays, which he directed.
Others Who Thrived
Some movie stars have decided to pull an entire production together just because they can. They included their extraordinary skills of acting, writing, directing and producing.
Many multitalented artists took part in drama creation, but few did it all.
Here are some
Just to name a few
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