Author Archives: Laura Fillmore

Google Settlement Causes International Ruckus

“Americans shoot first, ask questions later,” said the moderator of one panel discussion on the Google settlement held at this week’s Frankfurt Book Fair, reflecting widespread sentiment among non-US-based publishers and agents. “You Americans are all asleep,” noted one agent to me. “Why are you allowing this takeover of the publishing industry by a .com

Patronage the New Business Model?

A LinkedIn blogger asked: Is the book publishing business model so broken that we need patrons to subsidize our work? ( see http://is.gd/BNkV ) Patronage is one way to do it, but, as with advertising in books, if you follow the money, you may well find that the lucre influences the content, and compromises objectivity.

Who needs Web 2.0?

I found this fascinating quote today: I’ve given a few talks on why these new tools are failing to catch on — here’s an early one given at a publishers meeting, and a later one given to an audience of scientists.  The short answer, if you don’t want to read my lengthy posts, is that very few,

London Focus: Protean Press Expands

In April, OBS and its subsidiary Protean Press will attend the London Book Fair with the goal to seek out publishing partners for new Protean Press titles. We will be: Selling paperback, foreign, and other sub rights and licenses to Joe Garland’s “Unknown Soldiers: Reliving World War II in Europe,” which has been published to

OBS and Protean Press in Germany

Our president, Laura Fillmore, is visiting Germany this week for the Frankfurt Book Fair and for the annual conference of the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM), which OBS has just joined. At the Book Fair, we’re participating with the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) at Hall 8.0, Stands A935 & A936, and we’re also displaying Unknown Soldiers: Reliving

Unknown Soldiers released to early acclaim; multimedia offerings bring one platoon’s experience of World War II to life

The latest endeavor of Protean Press, Joseph E. Garland’s Unknown Soldiers: Reliving World War II in Europe, is hot off the press. This collective memoir of the author’s Intelligence & Reconnaissance platoon, which staked out the front lines of battles through Sicily, Italy, southern France, and Germany, has been more than 60 years in the making.

New Partnership in the Works

In keeping with our mission to help valuable content get to market—taking full advantage of the latest informational technology, in an affordable and efficient way—OBS is in discussion with a major software vendor to create a unique “sandbox” environment. This initiative would give small- and mid-sized organizations access to publishing and distribution software on a

North American Distribution for Protean Titles

We’ve just signed an agreement with the major book distributor National Book Network (NBN) for sales of Protean Press titles in North America. We look forward to a long and fruitful association that will help bring our books to a wide audience. Booksellers, contact NBN if you’d like to stock Protean titles in your store.

Protean Press

In September 2008, the OBS Protean Press imprint will release a new book, Joseph E. Garland’s Unknown Soldiers: Reliving World War II in Europe. Founded in 1990, Protean Press manifests OBS’s agile spirit and draws on our many years of publishing experience. The imprint brings trade fiction and nonfiction works — in paper and online —

One Man Still Stands

The following paper by Laura Fillmore was accepted for publication by Common Ground in March 2008 (she serves on their Board, and has presented at their Book Publishing Conference). The Chinese man stands alone in the road, apparently stopping a parade of approaching tanks. This photograph from Tiananmen Square’s spring of 1989, taken by AP photographer Jeff Widener,