An excellent post!
“Our process is simple: authors pitch, readers pre-order, and we publish. Any author can submit a proposal for a book. Once the project goes live, readers support the project by pre-ordering copies of the book. Readers are charged only when books hit their goal. Once the pre-order threshold is hit, we start publishing: we assign authors an editor, a designer, and we handle all aspects of printing, distribution, and marketing once the manuscript is finished.”
Their stats page is pretty interesting; as of 2:48am on Sunday 30th August 2015:
COPIES ORDERED: 57,558
BOOK PROJECTS: 2,650
FUNDED TITLES: 50
AUTHOR ROYALTIES: $115,879
That’s a lot of author royalties! It seems that a lot of Inkshares’ readers come from Facebook, which I was really surprised at. There are loads of projects I’d love to back but especially “Slothlove“: an inspirational sloth photobook: beautiful sloth photos, inspirational stories and interesting sloth facts. A 100-page art-and-photography book 🙂
Take a look at Inkshares’ website for more information 🙂
An interesting article.
When a self-published author contacts someone in the collection development department at my library, we let out a collective groan. Inevitably, our answer to the request to add their book to our collection will feel personal, which is awkward. It will definitely mean more work for us no matter what, and for acquisitions and cataloging staff as well if we do accept the book as a donation or decide to purchase it.
Librarians don’t want to buy your self-published book, but not for the reasons you think.
I’ve been thinking about self-published books and their place in libraries a lot recently, as my library has been updating our collection development policy and brainstorming ways to streamline how we deal with requests from authors to include their self-published materials in our collection and how our collection development work complements our strategic goal of supporting content creation in our community.
Then, this weekend…
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I have been using BookBarista to advertise our books for some time now. I originally found out about them from a Tweet I saw recommending them on Twitter. One of the things I like about advertising on their site is that you receive an email from them the day before your advert is due to expire, reminding you to renew your advert, but they also include in the email a really useful link to click on and follow to take you straight to your book’s page, which saves you having to log in and looking for the correct webpage.
Their about me on their website says that they are “a site dedicated to books, eBooks and reading! It doesn’t matter if you are a reader, a self-published author, a popular, commercial author, or someone offering a book related service. BookBarista is the place to advertise your book related items, new or used, that may be for sale or for free. We also have a BLOG where site users can get news and updates about what’s going on here or there in the big, competitive writing world.”
I highly recommend checking them out 🙂
Their website is http://www.bookbarista.com/
Even though I don’t work in the world of vintage, all of the principles in this blog post apply to life in general. This post is fab 🙂
If you are an indie author and you have a book trailer, you should contact Kev’s Great Indie Authors.
“THIS PURPOSE OF THIS PAGE IS TWO-FOLD:
It gives readers a chance to glimpse indie books that they may be interested in.
It provides Indie authors a platform to further promote their book on Great Indie Authors.“
I have been watching the trailers that have already been added to the page, and there are some excellent trailers on there. I really need to create one now! 🙂
If you’re a self-publishing author, you should take a look at Publishing Talk’s website. I love their magazine, Publishing Talk Magazine, which is free to download as a PDF. They have recently released issue 7, and it is packed full of helpful articles and tips. I especially liked Ben Galley’s article, How to Get Started on #SocialMedia, which was so useful.
You can sign up to receive the magazine in your inbox, which I did, so I wouldn’t miss out on the latest issues.
You can find out more here: http://www.publishingtalk.eu/magazine/
One thing I really love about the Goodreads website is the facility for authors to offer their books as giveaways to readers, often before their release date. We have run a few book giveaways for our books through Goodreads in the past, and we found it a fantastic way to spread the word about our books. It was brilliant to receive reviews from people who might otherwise not have read our books, or even heard of them.
On the other hand, I have entered quite a few giveaways myself and have added lots of books to my ‘to read’ list that I hadn’t previously heard of.
In case you haven’t taken a look at their giveaway page, here is the link:
Have you ever won a book through Goodreads? Have you had any good/bad experiences with giveaways? Let me know in the comments 🙂
There are many reasons to have an agent in your corner, but the dreaded book cancellation–or having the plug pulled on your series–is a big one. Your agent will be your shoulder to cry on and help you with next steps.
Unfortunately, it happens and it’s not fun for anyone. This is not legal advice, but some experiences that you might have heard about.
Here are a few scenarios:
1. Your book gets cancelled before you sign your contract. This is heartbreaking, especially for debut authors. You’re so thrilled to have a book deal. Your agent negotiated the terms and accepted the offer. Next is the contract. However, sometimes things happen in this stage that stop it in its tracks (the publisher gets bought, the editors leaves, the publisher shutters an imprint, you can’t agree on terms etc). This is why agents usually like to wait until publishing contracts are…
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