Rhythm Conspiracy Productions
An Artist and Worker Owned Cooperative Enterprise
CDI says "In general, writers’ incomes have been falling to “abject” levels, even as publishing earnings and readership are expanding. When professions that influence our culture are not well paid, often only the already-well-off can meaningfully engage in that work, reinforcing barriers to social change. Creating mechanisms for mutual aid among writers and artists, and solidarity between consumers and producers, can shift the dynamics. Artists’ cooperatives, consumer-owned bookstores, and patrons’ direct support of artists are among the tools we can use to create healthy relationships in our culture."
Le Guin knows about artist cooperatives. She is a member owner of the BOOK VIEW CAFE
Book View Café is a cooperative publisher with author members/owners across all genres, from science fiction to romance to historical to mainstream. Members of the Book View Cafe cooperative function as editors, copyeditors, ebook formatters, cover artists, website maintainers and more. At BVC, 95% of the cover price goes to the author. That’s more than at any other online bookseller (Amazon, B&N, iTunes).
In August 2013, Publishing Perspectives wrote about Book View Cafe in An Author-run Publishing Co-op With a Record of Success, where the cooperative's director Chris Dolley, described the enterprise as a " a true co-op,' with each member volunteering their skills to assist others in publishing their books. Some of our authors are professional editors, some have been graphic artists or managers or publicists. And some have learned new skills to format books, design covers, websites, and bookstores. The end result is that we are now able to do pretty much everything a major publisher does. We even market our own subrights and have just negotiated a good six-figure audiobooks deal.”
December 5 - 5pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 929 S. Sibley, Metairie, LA
December 12 - 7pm at Moses Community Center, 1310 Cardinal Drive, Thibodaux, LA
December 27 - 5pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA
December 31 - 8pm at The 47th Annual New Year’s Eve Reunion, & Celebration of Friends & Community - Nineveh Community Center, 7300 Alabama Street, New Orleans, LA