isn’t a traditional publisher. We think of it as a cross between an online community of readers and an independent record label. Why a record label? Because we publish books that have broadly the same ‘sound’ – contemporary literary fiction with an edge. This edge can be humorous, it can be thought-provoking, but it is something that makes the book stand out from the crowd. We hope that if a reader has enjoyed one reverb book then they will enjoy the others.
reverb for writers
Unless they are already successful, writers tend to get treated pretty badly. At reverb
we are trying to do things a little differently:
- Give new writers a chance – we are committed to publishing 50 new writers over the next five years.
- Fast but meaningful feedback – most traditional publishers will leave unsolicited manuscripts on the slush pile for months; many are rejected unread. At reverb we promise to give an answer to any writer who follows our submission guidelines within seven days. If we do reject the material we will always try and give a constructive critique rather than simply a three-line rejection letter.
- Working in partnership – we view writers as talent to be nurtured rather than a commodity to be exploited. We pay high royalty rates and the lion’s share of rights sales always goes to the writer.
- Developing new talent – we have dedicated a section of the readreverb.com site to information and support for new writers. We will also run free workshops in which our writers will share their experience and knowledge to help new authors develop their work.
reverb for readers
Without readers there would be no publishing, so we have set up reverbreview to create interest in all writers, not just the ones that we publish. reverbreview is a weekly newsletter that contains book reviews, an in-depth look at an iconic author or book and articles from readers on books that have changed their lives.readreverb.com
contains an archive of reverbreviews, features and news stories from the world of books.
reverb for retailers
Independent booksellers are the backbone of the trade, but more often than not get treated like the poor cousin by large publishing companies. At reverb
we are dedicated to supporting the independent trade through offers, marketing material and author visits.