The Third Stream Press Story
Third Stream Press was founded on the idea that good books with small potential audiences still deserve to be published.
As every author who has submitted work to a national publisher knows, publishing is an audience-driven business. If you submit your non-fiction manuscript to a national publisher, the first question you will be asked is, “What is your audience?” The second question will be, “How large is that audience?” If your audience is small, the chance of getting published is small as well. Sadly, a lot of great “idea” books just never get published, because the audience is perceived to be too small.
But, within the past few years, the publishing industry has changed. Drastically. There has been a paradigm shift – a change in basic assumptions – in the publishing business. Not since Gutenberg set his first line of type 600 years ago has publishing been so seismically shaken. Self-publishing is here and now, and it will not be ignored.
Modern word processing software makes professional typesetting possible on an inexpensive home computer. Professional graphics can be created by people with minimal training. Stock photography – complete with publishing rights – is available and inexpensive. Custom cartoons and illustrations can be outsourced on the Internet. Companies such as CreateSpace have made uploading and ordering books a simple process. And Amazon.com levels the marketing playing field by offering self-published works alongside nationally published titles.
How will this impact the big publishing companies? Probably, not much. Most authors would still love to have their work published by a major company. In fact, Third Stream Press publisher Keith Kyker has written several books for Libraries Unlimited, a national educational publishing company.
The change to publishing comes in the availability of ideas. Now, writers can write about what they like, get the book published, and make it available to a national reading audience with similar interests. The pressure to sell a thousand or ten thousand copies to justify the publisher’s effort is gone. The gatekeepers can be avoided. There’s another way to enter the castle.
That’s the thought behind Third Stream Press. Small Press. Big Ideas.
More Resources from Third Stream Press
Rural Alaska Teacher's
by Wally Rose
Are you thinking about teaching in rural Alaska? Maybe you've already decided to become a “bush” Alaska teacher. The Rural Alaska Teacher's Moving Guide answers many of the questions that you probably have about relocating to a remote Alaskan village.
Great fun for the armchair adventurer, this book tells you what living in the Alaska bush is really like!
by Keith Kyker
Rewarding Your Accelerated Readers is your ready-made blueprint for a dynamic reading rewards program that honors students who make a commitment to improving their reading skills through reading practice. Every student in the school, from the most accomplished reader to the student with emerging skills, has the opportunity to earn meaningful awards and receive recognition as an individual, and as part of a group.
TweenReading.com features Keith Kyker's book reviews for teachers and librarians working with upper-elementary and middle grade readers.