Closed Circle: is a new venture in e-publishing, organized by C. J. Cherryh, Lynn Abbey and Jane Fancher. Their basic intention is to make available their older works, now out of print. They’re doing this in multiple formats and at very reasonable prices, so if you’re a fan of any or all of these wonderful writers, you should hie yourself over to the site and check out the storefront and blog. With any luck, other established writers will join Closed Circle to offer their backlists, and perhaps even the occasional new work.
Even if you’re not a fan, you should still consider bookmarking the site because it’s an important one. The growing market for digital media is making it possible for creative people to offer their work, not only at prices the public can afford, but without losing the bulk of that sale price to other people. It’s a model which I think is going to change a lot about how the publishing business is run, and that’s all to the good, IMO. Not that I don’t think there’s a place for publishers out there as well as sellers, but when the industry is dominated by the big guys, who are more interested in going at each other (Witness the current Amazon-MacMillian kerfuffle) than in benefiting the very people who earn them their money to begin with, the authors. (BTW, I don’t have too much of an opinion on the whole contretemps; I think there’s too much hysteria occurring on both sides.)
So check out Closed Circle, and buy something from them if you find a title that rocks your socks. I think you’ll be doing a lot of good as well as finding yourself a good read.