I may be the last to catch onto this, but I’ve just happened upon a great website called Inkshares. They explain how it works below:
“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 🙂
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/