Momus & Faber Finds

Here I am, thundering through the first draft of a novel whose characters include 100 typing monkeys.

Momus’s copy of something by Umberto Eco, published by Faber Finds, and looking uncommonly like spiders on caffeine.

And over there, there’s Momus, noodling on the quixotic production of Faber Finds, which are new to me, and described thusly:

Faber Finds — there must be a couple of thousand of them by now — are titles which would otherwise be out of print, but whose unpopularity doesn’t warrant a full republishing. Print-runs can be as low as a single copy.

Now, the romantics amongst you might be thinking awww, how sweet, that a publisher might love such a book enough to keep it going by POD, and – yes! – doing so in an aesthetically appealing manner.

However, those of you who have been following the blogs of Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and a whole host of other writers far more experienced and successful than I am (for now) might choose to believe that this sort of shenanigan is simply an excuse to hold onto print rights for a book which would otherwise revert to the writer.

And, while I agree that there is a certain attraction in the simple covers and quirky typeface, after looking at two or three I started to think the artist was being overly creative with the sort of short, curly hair many people have waxed off…

Published in: on February 1, 2013 at 10:15 am  Comments Off on Momus & Faber Finds  
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