New Book Consortium to Fill Gaps in Publishing Biz for Literary Authors

Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:01am EDT

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Backword Books Brings Seven Important Authors to Light

LOS ANGELES, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Backword Books, a new publishing
enterprise out of Los Angeles, fills a huge gap in the publishing business,
according to founder and literary author Henry Baum (North of Sunset). "With
the changing landscape of the publishing industry," says Baum, "and the
countless new avenues for authors to directly reach readers, there has never
been a time like this. There's a perfect storm brewing."

The perfect storm is that publishers are less willing to take chances with
literary fiction while, says Baum, "Emerging media make it easier for quality
writers to reach readers. Backword Books is a new approach to the book

Named to give focus on old-fashioned values in quality writing, Backword Books
brings together the best literary writers that Baum and a small group
discovered. The seven writers use new digital printing technology to publish
titles under their own imprints. 

After Baum and four other authors landed in Entertainment Weekly in 2006 for
their well-regarded print-on-demand (POD) books, he saw the gap in what
traditional publishers were doing and what could be done. He created a new
forum, the website Self-Publishing Review, devoted to the emerging potential
as well as to the pitfalls of self-publishing. 

Backword's authors bring together their quality books to help each other in
marketing because they know multiple people pushing multiple, related products
together is more effective than one person pushing one product alone. They
make clear they're not a publishing company, but a consortium of like-minded
authors who have important books that have been getting exceptional reviews.

"The writers in Backword put a lot of care into their work," says Kristen
Tsetsi, author of the novel Homefront. "We've all hired editors, book
designers, and have acted truly as publishers. The reviews bear us out."

Backword Books include:

The Brightest Moon of the Century (ISBN: 978-0615249148) by Christopher Meeks
Homefront (ISBN: 978-0615139906) by Kristen Tsetsi by Kristen Tsetsi
Waiting for Spring (ISBN 978-1440461163) by R.J. Keller
Broken Bulbs (ISBN: 978-0578004259) 
Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery  (ISBN: 978-1598588644) 
Threshold (ISBN: 978-0595497584) by Bonnie Kozek
The American Book of the Dead (ISBN: 978-0578026930) by Henry Baum

For more information and more explanations on the books, please visit 

SOURCE  Backword Books

Henry Baum, +1-310-402-9367,, for Backword Books
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