The Exceptional Publisher

June 8th, 2004 · No Comments
by Booksquare

As a follow up to our discussion about publishing as a business, we’d like to highlight Dan Wickett’s interview with David Poindexter, publisher of MacAdam/Cage. MacAdam/Cage is a small publisher with an unusual policy: they read everything that is submitted. Okay, we’re not being fair — we know full well that other publishers read what is submitted (in fact, we know of publishers whose editorial staff reads all submissions even after the work has come back from the reader “not recommended”). We believe, but cannot be certain, that the point being made here is that MacAdam/Cage isn’t an “agented-only” house — the focus is on the author. The focus at MacAdam is on quality, not commerciality. We also like the MacAdam policy on advances and publicity. It’s almost enough to make us wish we wrote literary fiction (even though we’ve long believed that such a concept is a bit like pornography: it can’t be defined, but you know it when you see it).

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