It's been a long night and I had an idea which I was playing with, I was going to use it as a plot device in something I'm working on but then the idea sort of jumped up and drop kicked me with the thought - HEY!!!!! THIS COULD WORK!!!! Like I said above, it's been a long night so I hope this is coherent. I would normally wait til I get some ZZZ's but I don't want to forget. So, here goes: ***Moderators - while this could potentially take off at some future date, it is NOT meant as "market research" or as an attempt to solicit monies for such an endeavour. Hopefully it does not break any rules.*** Jannert Mod hat on here: It's fine, as long as it's just a discussion about the notion of publishing cooperatives, etc, and is not a come-on to start one here. The inspiration for this was that I was trying to create a business a hitman could do to explain away some of his illegitimate income and his travels away from home to commit the murders he's hired to do. I thought of a book publishing company. The idea just sat and sat, during which time I saw some discussions in here in the threads "Questions for a Ghostwriter" and the Catrin Lewis' thread "Wherein I roll my own in the publishing world." The gist I picked up is that people weren't happy with traditional publishers and speaking for myself, I wasn't happy with what I was seeing as the amount of non-writing work that went into self publishing. I had done some research into starting a business before and I had a little booklet about cooperatives on a bookshelf somewhere. I saw the title in passing and lightning struck! This may be an awful idea, a good idea, a stupid idea, a brilliant idea, whatever. I specifically want to know why it would or would not work. What if 100 writers were to organize, each contributes $1,000 for a total of $100,000 which goes to the establishment of "The Writer's Publishing House Inc." The 100 writers vote in a board of directors of say 25 of their members and those members further vote in 7 of them to be an executive committee with the authority to speak for the corporation. They use that $100,000 to hire an editor and a marketing manager, possibly also a social media employee. They won't need offices or support staff like secretaries as they can work from home. The members can each submit work, the board as a whole votes on what to publish, and the corp tries to publish 2 to 3 books each quarter so potentially 8 to 12 books a year from the members. The books that publish, after the expenses are recovered, 80% of the proceeds go to the author and 20% go to the corp to reinvest such as in workshops, new staff, new equipment, etc. Could set up a rule that members can have X number of books published under the corp before they have to leave to make room for newer writers; maybe also a time limit of 5 to 10 years for each member so people are always revolving and new writers are coming in every year? Funds permitting, I think the $1,000 membership fee has to be returnable when the author leaves, unless they donate it to the corp. So.....as I wrote above - Would this work? Why would it work? Why wouldn't it work? Thanks!!