ELAINE ASH: Hello Giovanni! How nice to hear from you. I run a blog about books and writers that has a loyal following of dedicated book readers and buyers. www.ashedit.wordpress.com I would love to run a piece about Trestle and some prominent authors who have signed with you. If you would kindly say yes, my first question is below.
Trestle Press is mentioned all over these days and some very good authors have signed with your company. Can you tell me what Trestle does and what it offers authors?
GIOVANNI GELATI of TRESTLE PRESS: That is a loaded question.
We are a growing publisher that is currently in the midst of spinning off a variety of new Imprints to help our authors enjoy a more focused voice and drive more potential readers their way.
For our Noir/Hard-Boiled authors we have started “Dark Pages Press” and for the Christian/Inspirational authors “Helping Hand Press”.We will be announcing the names of other Imprints for Romance, Paranormal/Fantasy, and Horror very soon.The websites for all Imprints will be up and running before Thanksgiving.
We do all our work in house:editing ,formatting,cover art…
As Far as what we offer, I am going to say that we have a very unique team spirit here and that is a testament to the authors we have been fortunate to get the opportunity to work for.They are selfless, dedicated,passionate about their craft, and also have a strong desire to satisfy their readers and form bonds with them.
Thanks and what else do you have for me? What can we do for you?
Elaine Ash: Is Trestle actually housed in a building, or are you a group of workers connected by the company and the internet? Can you tell me the people who make up the team?
Giovanni Gelati: No I can’t really tell you the cast of the team, I drew the short straw and I am the front man for this party.I am open to answering other questions.Giving away the size and strength of our army is not in our interests. We do not do this for notoriety, we here at Trestle, simply do it to help authors and those that wish to authors to realize their hopes and dreams, and to help readers find them and form a bond. Those that wish to join the party are welcome, we are all for inclusion.
Elaine Ash: I understand. How about the deal you offer writers? Have you defined your royalties to compete specifically with other publishers? How do you feel Trestle compares to other e-publishers such as Snubnose Press or New Word City?
Giovanni Gelati: No we have not, I really haven’t seen or been spoken to anyone else about that. We decided to try to be different, have a different operating model, look at things from a different angle and just move forward as best as we can.We cannot be concerned with what others do, say, put forth. Things change on a daily basis, we are built to go with that and try to remain focused and flexible.We ask each of our authors for input: “How can we do better, how can we serve you and the reader better?”
Trust me they have opinions and very good ones. The power of their collective, brilliant, creative minds is just amazing.
Personally it is a joy to wake up to it and be a conduit for it.I take no credit for it ,believe me.
Elaine Ash: Understood. Thanks Govanni. How about royalties. How often are they paid out? Is it quarterly like Amazon? Does each writer have an account such as Paypal where proceeds are accrued directly or are writers paid directly via the good old snail mail check system?Is there a general royalty percentage for everyone, or does each writer negotiate his/her own deal?
Giovanni Gelati: Some things I don;t discuss with anyone but the writer, that is one.I am a bit surprised by the nature of your questions.
Elaine Ash: I’m sorry Giovanni, did you not understand this was an interview about the company? These are standard business questions that are included in a business profile. Unless I have it wrong and you are a charity. Did I miss some important info? Please set me straight, if so.
Giovanni Gelati: I have no idea who and what you are, I have an email address that says anonymous -9. I stick to our policy, it doesn’t move for anybody, sorry.Your tone is a bit much, I know that is part and parcel of email, but that is the view I have here. So to set you straight, if you are really a good friend of [name redacted], then you would respect my wishes without the pointed questions, to date with the interviews I have done ,I have fielded some serious questions but yours have crossed a line I am not going over.
Elaine Ash: Sir, I mean no offense. In my first email I gave you my name and the address of my blog. I have a devoted following of readers and writers. I blog about books and writers. I am a professional editor. I know [names redacted] on a professional basis. I know they have all entered into publishing agreements with Trestle. I was hoping to do a professional business interview and tell my readership a bit about your business and what you have to offer. Publicity can help companies sell books.
I am sorry that you feel that my tone is incorrect. I am only trying to ask questions on behalf of my readership and get valuable information which can help them decide if a publishing company is right for them.. That’s all I was trying to do.
Giovanni Gelati: I will do what I do with the other interviewers then, send me 5 or more questions, I will answer those that I feel I can.The others i do not do not answer. I hold many confidences in my position, I will stick to them. If that is unsatisfactory then I apologize.
Elaine Ash: Mr. Gelati, here is my preliminary email to you so you can see the way I introduced myself from the very start, below. You will see that I have explained myself, my blog, and what I am trying to do, in detail and followed up with detailed questions. If you would like to change any of your answers, go ahead and submit the new information. Readers will judge the best publishing company for their work, based on clear, factual information that explains services and profit split/distribution in detail. The more detail you provide, the more readers like it.
Thank you for your time.
Giovanni Gelati: Submit what other questions you have if any, if not then I guess we are done. None of us do this for the spotlight, none of do this for any other reason than to help others. Your need for information and what you think is your right to know is not my concern.My concern is the confidences I have with those I work for and I am not about to breach that.
If someone wants to judge me on that, print this verbatim without taking any of my words out of context or being removed from the sentences.
We have and do exercise on a daily basis teamwork and inclusion for all, that does not mean or give me the right or the need to air any ones business.
Enjoy and have a nice day!
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