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Dime Novel Publishing was founded in 2010 by Jason Thibeault, a long-time writer and novelist. Jason’s vision, while writing a new YA fantasy series, was to provide a re-birth to a fiction format that was wildly popular in the late 19th and early 20th century: the Dime Novel.
The company began by publishing several story lines in “issue” format. Each issue in a series, much like a television show, was designed to progressively continue the storyline without any definitive end. Think “to be continued…” In this initial model, we published solely through e-book format via Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and others. Each issue was priced at $.99 and “bundles” of 6 issues were sold for $3.99. An average issue ran around 25-40 pages.
Early in 2011, we realized that this model wasn’t working. Because the e-book market was so nascient, many indie publishers like us were offering full-length books for $.99 in an attempt to grab readership. Unfortunately, customers compared our issues in price to those books and we found it difficult to get readers despite very high in-store ratings.
Because of that, Dime Novel Publishing revised its business model in June, 2011 to focus on publishing young-adult book series. This allowed us to keep our original mission of bringing back the “dime novel” format but also provide book-length fiction to better compete with the current market. This shift also allowed us to utilize services like CreateSpace to provide print versions, through Amazon, at a very cost-effective price and till retain at least 25% of the sale.
We believe that this new model will prove successful long-term with quality content. Our focus will remain on both the YA and children’s market. We will not publish single novels or stories.