I got this great idea the other day, toyed with it a bit, realized that I don't want to do it, but it is still a great idea, so I'm sharing it with you. It's not a story idea, so feel free to steal it and make it your own.
A SELF-PUBLISHING CO-OP
A group of writers who want to self-publish their work form a cooperative to do all the other work that needs to be done to self-publish. So a few people edit the books, someone does the marketing for all the books, someone does all the bookcover designs, someone does all the proofreading, etc. Then a small percent comes out of every books sales and goes to the coop which is then divided equally amongst the members.
It's becoming easier and more acceptable to self-publish one's work. The drawback for the writer is the amount of time and money that must be spent in editing, marketing, cover design, etc. If you ask Amanda Hocking, she'll tell you that it is a lot of work. But if you got a group together and pooled your talents and resources, then it wouldn't be so much work.
If you think this is a great idea, then feel free to steal it and take it to your friends for discussions. And if you do form a co-op, let me know and I'll talk it up here or let you talk it up here in a guest post.