Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Publishers' Benchmark

A new publisher’s Forum has been launched by that dynamic publisher Emma Barnes of Snowbooks. First she gave us her Second Life experience now the acclaimed small publisher has started a forum where publishers large and small can exchange ideas, compare takes on the market and swap tricks.

The Publishers Benchmarking Forum www.pubbench.com aims to enable all to compare notes and judge what you are doing right or wrong. It has been called ‘The Pub Bench’ to reflect that pastime of swaping notes, confidentially over a pint in a pub. It is only available to members of publishing companies registered at Companies House and the site is subscription based with the first month free and a charge of £12.50 thereafter. Those who sign up are given a randomly generated username upon subscription in order to safeguard anonymity.

It may be a great forum for everyone learn and exchange notes ‘behind closed doors’. It certainly is a welcome entrant to the market and something that should have been started a long time ago. Hopefully it will attract input from those who genuinely have something to share and help everyone get to grips with the myriad of issues and challenges we all face today but are often to embarrassed to admit we don’t have a clue about.