Welcome to Alla Breve Books

Alla Breve for the Arts is proud to introduce its new division, Alla Breve Books, founded by SK Waller and Lynette Erwin.

Alla Breve Books desires to support and publish authors who dare to step to the forefront of the self-publishing revolution. No longer content to send manuscripts to large publishing houses whose only concern is "the bottom line" and to turn out formula books, we envision books that are well written, thought-provoking, and individualistic. Following the lead of such notables as the Bloomsbury Group and other self-published literaries who dared to think outside the box, we want to bring great books to the world.

Opponents will try to tell you that what we propose brings bad writing to print, but bookstore shelves are home to plenty of that from major publishers. They also will try to convince you that self-publishing can never lead to any kind of notoriety or financial advantage for the authors, but there are many famous titles that contradict this:

Remembrance of things Past
Marcel Proust

James Joyce

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter

A Time to Kill
John Grisham

The Wealthy Barber
David Chilton

The Bridges of Madison County
Robert Waller

What Color is Your Parachute
Richard N. Bolles

In Search of Excellence
Tom Peters

The Celestine Prophecy
James Redfield

The Elements of Style
William Strunk, Jr.

The Joy of Cooking
Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker

When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple
Sandra Martz

Life’s Little Instruction Book
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Robert’s Rules of Order
Henry M. Robert III, William J. Evans, Daniel H. Honemann, and Thomas J. Balch

There are many more famous authors who were self-published:

Deepak Chopra
Stephen Crane
e.e. Cummings
Alexandre Dumas
William E.B. DuBois
Benjamin Franklin
Zane Grey
Rudyard Kipling
Anais Nin
Thomas Paine
Edgar Allen Poe
Beatrix Potter
Ezra Pound
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Carl Sandburg
Bernard Shaw
Upton Sinclair
Gertrude Stein
Henry David Thoreau
Mark Twain
Walt Whitman
Virginia Wolff

Self-publishing is allowing otherwise unpublished writers to create books that not only sell, but also to write according to their own dictates, not turn out only that which the business graduates who populate the publishing houses deem to be marketable. If authors write books that only a select group of publishers want, then the voice of people the world over becomes standardized and scripted, a current dangerous trend.
"It is unreasonable what some assert, 'That printers aught not to print anything but what they approve,' since if all of that business should make such a resolution, and abide by it, an end would thereby be put to free writing, and the world would afterwards have nothing to read but what happened to be the opinions of printers." Benjamin Franklin

We at Alla Breve Books believe the arts come first and, with financial support for the arts dwindling from both the government and the private sectors, it's our intent to publish books from many genres that the established publishers will not touch.

Please check out not only our titles, but those that we proudly endorse.

Thanks to Dan Poynter at ParaPublishing for these lists.