Busybird is a boutique publisher based in Melbourne, Australia.
What sort of books do you release?
We have two streams of books -- ones that we work on in-house, which include the annual fiction anthology '[untitled]'; the nonfiction anthology 'Journey: Experiences with Breast Cancer'; and the children's book, 'Who is a Cheeky Monkey?' We're also working on another nonfiction anthology, a companion book to 'Journey', which will look at experiences with prostate cancer; as well as a coffee table book, 'Walk With Me'. Proceeds from most of our books go to various foundations ('Journey' to BreaCan and WHOW, the prostate cancer book to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, 'Cheeky Monkey' to Destiny Rescue, and 'Walk With Me' to CMTA Australia).
Our second stream is to help authors self-publish their books, albeit under the Busybird moniker We're neither a vanity press nor a collaborative publisher. Whilst we will charge for services, we don't any royalties. Our interest is in helping people get their books out there, and to ensure they don't get ripped off, as they would at other collaborative publishers.
Who are your favorite authors?
We love anybody who knows how to tell a great story.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
We love to tell stories, and to help others tell their stories.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, reading, reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through recommendation or simply by browsing. Other times, it's through reviews.
What is your writing process?
Sitting down and getting some words out, even if they aren't very good. A filled page gives you something to work with.
How do you approach cover design?
We have a very talented in-house illustrator. He'll talk with the author about what they want, and then apply his own imagination.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
We toss up between the Kindle and the Kobo.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth and social media.
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