Glass Houses is a media label based in New York and on the Internet. Founded in 2010. Our first publication is Coming & Crying (GLASS 001), a collection of true stories about sex.
As a label
Using the proceeds from Coming & Crying, and sort of in reverse, Glass Houses was founded to mark the temporary crew of people brought together to make the book: writers, photographers, designers, copy editors, printers. Glass Houses doesn't sign anyone; we work on a gig-model. Unlike Factory Records, we do use contracts. We do share profits. We do have a house style (borrowed in broad gestures from 4AD). We owe more to the model of a indie record label than to a indie publishing house, and so we call ourselves a label.
Through our fundraising round for Coming & Crying using Kickstarter, we not only knew we had a readership for our first publication, but we knew who they were. There's something new about that, about knowing where your book is going before it's finished. We're just starting to see what we can do with that kind of assurance, and what kinds of risks we can take as publishers.