The Corner Office: Indie Thinking Drives Dzanc Books
Gillis: We’re excited. We’re still growing. Our vision is that we’re going to be around for a really long, long time. As long as there are people interested in writing, you’ll find people that want to get writing out to audiences. There’s a proliferation of small presses. They come and go kind of fast. [But] I don’t want to be a pessimist that reading’s on the decline. I just find that absurd. Everything has its ebbs and flows. If you go into it to make money, you’re going to be in trouble. That’s how the industry got into trouble. You have to have a different mind-set to do what Dan and I are doing and what a great number of people are doing—the great pioneer spirit. What’s the fundamental reason that people want to be involved in publishing and writing? The economic reasons were there, [but] not now. They have to go back to doing it because they love it.
Peter Beisser is a regular contributor to Book Business. He previously was the managing editor of several North American Publishing Co. titles and has written extensively about the publishing industry.