Planet Media Books
PLANET MEDIA BOOKS is a commercial press founded in summer 2010 by writer Dan Valenti. Dan, author and/or editor of almost 20 books — many by mainstream giants such as Bantam and Viking Penguin — founded this press as a means to bring new writing to the fore.
This tpically involves, though it is not restricted to, new writers whose work has not appeard in book form. While new talent may receive a slight edge, established authors are welcome to submit material as well.
PLANET MEDIA BOOKS will publish works without restriction to genre. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will be considered for publication. functions as a traditional publisher, picking up all costs associated with the printing, publishing, and marketing of a book. Writers will receive an honorarium upon signing, plus generous royalties on sales upon a title earning back its production and advance costs.
PLANET MEDIA BOOKS employs a business model that takes advantage of “smallness,” that is, being able to make quick decisions and enter markets with the speed and directness that large publishers can’t match. PLANET MEDIA BOOKS authors each bring with them their existing ”networks” of friends, associates, colleagues, family, social communication, etc. These local networks, including new social media such as Facebook, will be coupled with traditional means of marketing and selling books. Thus, a custom-made distribution plan is developed for each new author and title. We are not a vanity press. We are not an academic press. We are a commercial, for-profit book publisher looking for quality works to fill a market need created by readers who demand quality material.
The company published its first book, SPRING’S THIRD DAY by Laura Smith Gross, in September 2010. It’s second title, VERTICALLY COASTAL by Jerri Chaplin is due out in early to mid-October. In November of 2011, HOW MEN SEE THE WORLD: AWARD WINNING STORIES by Paul Milenski, will be published.
While all types of work will be considered, emphasis is on great writing from authors who have established social, personal, and commercial networks. These networks, combined with PLANET MEDIA BOOKS‘ marketing efforts, can help assure sales and profitability.
PLANET MEDIA BOOKS shall publish literature of the times. In doing this, we shall take an active part of defining what that literature is. We shall, in short, be creating the literary voice of our post-post-modern age.
And what is “great writing,” you ask? Work that is clear, concise, and unified in style, plus breathtakingly original in the depth of thought.
To send work for consideration, mail mauscripts (hard copy, no “e” files) to
DAN VALENTI, PLANET MEDIA BOOKS, PO Box 1268, Stockbridge, Mass., 01262. Do not send your only copy. Only manuscripts with SASE will be returned. Please be patient in waiting for a reply, though, having been on the end of long waits without hearing, we shall try to be prompt in our decisions. Since the startup of the press, we have had a steady stream of submissions, and we try to give each ms. a fair shake. In short, be patient. Thanks. — DAN VALENTI