New Libri takes the concept of community building outlined by Ray Oldenburg (The Great Good Place) and brings it to authors and publishing. This ability to form an internal community is not radically different from many small presses, but it is certainly core to our values and mission.
With the changing landscape of publishing and book consumption, the old communities that both authors and readers could depend on are disappearing. Yet, there is an opportunity for new community. Third places facilitate and broaden creative interaction. Our mission is not to "just" be another publishing company, but a third place, a new kind of publisher for new books: New Libri.
We are in early startup stages--this means some opportunities for you:
Our early adopters naturally will get some bonus time and breaks.
If you are an avid reader and would like to join our community of readers and editors, drop us a line. If you are a bookstore, especially an independent bookstore, drop us a line too.
As a startup there are occassional questions as to who the principals are. The two founders are both passionate about books and technology. This is a passion that drives them, not any financial rewards--as most writers know, the financial rewards are not why most of us are part of the writing industry.
Stanislav Fritz - Founder and Editor
Stanislav's interest and experience in writing is a lifelong passion. He favors Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, and Literary Fiction that is quirky.
Stanislav's business experience includes working for Amazon and as a senior executive at a number of software firms (Executive VP, Chief Technology Officer, Director of Strategic Planning).
Stanislav's education includes graduate degrees and graduate work in Creative Writing, International Studies, and Foreign Affairs.
Michael Muller - Founder and Editor
Michael, a true bibliophile, self-published his first book in Germany, and soon expanded the business with partners into a successful small publishing company.
He studied American and German Literature and received a Magister Artium in Linguistics. He has written books on numerous subjects, from Travel Guides to Food Books to Software Manuals, and worked as an editor and translator for many years.
Michael enjoys Literary Fiction as well as Fantasy, along with Non-Fiction Literature and Technology books.
It's a new world in publishing, but self-publishing will not solve all of an author's nor consumer's needs.
Our goal is to be a publishing house that is a community for our authors--leading to a community for consumers.