Note: I’m pleased to feature this interview with micro-publisher Thom Chambers as part of the Winning Edits Expert Interview Series.
Chambers is the founder of Mountain & Pacific, a micropublishing house that creates online magazines for the restless.
In Treehouses is the flagship publication, a beautifully produced magazine focusing on freedom businesses. The Micropublisher is the second and more recent magazine, one devoted to teaching you how to make a living with words.
Follow Chambers on Twitter: @ThomChambers
Matt Gartland: Your digital micropublishing house, Mountain & Pacific, is devoted to the “restless.” It’s a powerful, visceral word that I wager many in the indie publishing movements self-identify with. Why do you feel this quality is of such importance and vivacity now given the state of affairs in books and publishing?
Thom Chambers: After graduating from university, I worked in a bookshop in central London. Every day, we’d have people come in and ask for shelf space for their self-published book. There was plenty of tenacity in these people trying to find a buyer for their “sequel to Pride and Prejudice”, but there was also desperation and delusion. Rather than try to improve their writing or find different ways to reach their audience, self-published writers wanted to imitate what worked for others: shelf space.