Artists Bistro Café - or A.B.C. for short - exists to publish books that, by their very nature, are perhaps unlikely to find a home with an established commercial publishing house.
After all, not all books are destined to become overnight sensations, bestseller chart-toppers, book club favourites, cultural icons or household names - in sum, the kinds of books that established, big-time editing houses would be more than happy to publish (and profit by).
No. Some books are destined first for a small readership, small print-runs, and relative anonymity... (until, by some miracle, their quirky gifts are discovered and recognised - the story of Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an apt case in point.)
Authors believe in themselves for no good reason. But it is a hard world to live in, when your work stands outside the canon of what agents and publishers deem to be commercially viable.
At the start, I created A.B.C. Editions to publish my own books. They were so far removed from the well-trodden commercial paths that I knew it was pointless to waste my time trying to interest traditional channels.
Today, A.B.C. is ready to expand its catalogue to include worthy projects by other authors writing in English or French. Stay tuned for developments...
About our website . . .
Working as we do on a shoestring budget, a free website editor like Wix makes perfect sense. It’s free, so long as you accept the banner they add
for themselves at the top of the page.
Okay. I accept that. Helps me keep the overhead down. I figure people want affordable books more than they want banner-free websites.
And what’s with the seashore, you wonder?
Well, I found it among Wix’s free background themes. It so happens that we’re home-based on the île d’Oléron, in France, and this seashore you see fairly resembles my favourite beach here on the island.
Thus, for us it’s more than just a hackneyed theme from a website editor’s catalogue of free stock images and videos.
Turns out it’s home.