Established in late 2012 in partnership with a collection of award-winning and established authors, HMP has strong associations with a large network of independent booksellers, while also taking advantage of an international distribution agreement with Ingram/LSI to supply bookstores, libraries, and online markets (Amazon, BN, etc.). Our core consumers are discerning readers savoring depth, philosophical ideas, and strong content.
The U.S. and international publishing industries are changing dramatically with the digital age; major publishers, often owned by corporate conglomerates, are sometimes slow to change with the rapid development of new forms of distribution. Formulaic approaches to publishing, including often fewer personal relationships with authors than have been traditional in the past, are increasingly creating an environment in which established authors’ works are not championed effectively. With new and exponentially expanding technology and the ancillary payment structures, price levels, and distribution capacity, trends cannot as easily be predicted, and those who have not been able to adapt are finding themselves behind the curve. Their sheer behemoth nature and need to “mechanize” an ostensibly an organic process has caused them to react with often draconian measures that hurt both publisher and author.
Because of this lack of flexibility and the incongruence of demands of larger publishers to market reality, works even by critically-acclaimed authors, in the tops of their respective markets, are not receiving the care and individual attention for their work that would only be beneficial to both parties. Authors are therefore leaving their publishers in record numbers, and are making more money than ever via self-publishing, or moving to smaller, independent “boutique” houses where terms are more easily negotiated and a more personalized environment is cultivated. Mutually beneficial, more symbiotic, equally-responsible, and more personal relationships then become more productive for both writer and publisher.
Humanitas Media Publishing began at the outset as a brand-new boutique firm with a strong collection of talent, seeing the publisher-author relationship in both word and deed as more of a partnership than a traditional publishing relationship. This includes both parties taking equal responsibility for the work and its promotion, with a shared result, as well as responding immediately to changes in the market, working together to determine a project’s course based on both the author’s needs and the latest market information.
This ability to be lean, streamlined, and unfailingly flexible, is also inclusive of being able to access the best foreign agents and publishers for both international licensing and subsidiary rights, again determined by the best course as agreed upon by both author and publisher.
This indeed is the functional antithesis of the proverbial analogy often used in the media and publishing industries: spending vast amounts of money throwing multiple projects “against the wall to see what sticks.”
Literary fiction, Niche Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry Collections, Plays, Art, Photography
U.S. / International Print Distribution partner: Ingram.
Digital: iTunes, Kindle
Note: Some projects will be licensed to international territories and will be handled by such agents for foreign and subsidiary rights.