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Entries from November 2012

E-book Revolution Episode 4: Crowd funding For Writers 101 with Alain Guillemain

November 20th, 2012 · Comments

Customer_Delight_cover_final.jpgWhat if I told you, you could get paid for writing, or to make your first print run? Especially if you are an already established author? If you are willing to do the work, then perhaps crowd funding is for you. Crowd funding allows artists to raise funds for their project, by asking everyday people to pledge money toward their project. It's not like traditional fundraising where you wear a Santa suit, put out a bucket to collect change and you hand it into the organisation (or I suppose yourself in this case). Crowd funding sets a goal and time limit, if you don't get enough people to pledge in the allotted time, everyone keeps their money, and the project goes back to square one. If the artist makes the funding goal, only then will the project go ahead, and then everyone who pledged gets some sort of reward for their wonderful help.

Crowd funding is what first time author Alain Guillemain used to edit, print, and launch his book Customer Delight (See his crowd funding project here).Yes you heard me right, Alain is a first time author, not an established author, and in 40 days he raised $7600. I was so intrigued I interviewed him about how he did it.

AlainGuillemain.jpgIn this podcast we discuss:

  • What crowd funding is and how it works
  • Alain's proposal concept and how he made it appealing to pledge
  • How to create relevant and enticing rewards for project participants
  • How he promoted the project and in what time frame
  • The three things you need to start your own crowd funding project
  • The best way to get started
  • The amount of experience a non-fiction author needs in comparison to a fiction author
  • The plan of attack now that the money has been funded
  • The elements an author need to consider when costing the project

Customer Delight is available at http://customerdelight.com.au

Hope you enjoy the show! And remember, I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at http://emilycraven.bkclb.co. If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from http://emilycraven.bkclb.co. Thinking of doing your own crowd funding project? Hire Emily's brain! Emily has successfully conducted her own crowd funding project and interviewed many other authors on the subject, she know exactly what is needed to get a project off the ground. Contact her about it on the above email address.

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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Tags: E-Book Revolution · writing · Education · publishing · Emily Craven · Crowd funding

E-book Revolution Episode 3: Creating Your Own E-book Store in Bkclb with Connor O’Brien

November 6th, 2012 · Comments

bkclblogo.pngI am the first person to tell you that I am in awe of what Amazon, Smashwords, Apple and Kobo have created. Platforms where authors can release the content and stories they want to, with access to their stories made so easy you can purchase a novel at the click of a button. But then Amazon goes and locks authors out of their own dash board, only gives them 35% royalties  if an Australian reader is interested in their work (no matter what you think Amazon, we are a bloody first world country with technology equal to your own!) or Smashwords allows you limited options to pretty up their not so pretty author pages as well as committing heinous crimes against your cleanly formatted MS; it's enough to make you want to go into their office, smack them on the bottom and send them into a corner.

Connor.jpgWhich is why my interest was piqued by the new start up e-book platform Bkclb. It is not trying to be another Amazon or another distribution site like Smashwords. The founders aims is to give authors and publishers complete control of their own e-book stories, allowing them to customise colours and looks and promotions to suit them. Some fantastic features are in the works for this start up (including discounts on books for paying with a tweet, linking into Goodreads reviews, full analytics of reader locations and what site referred them to your store, as well as the ability to include YouTube videos/book trailers right next to the book in question) and I was very excited when founder Connor O'Brien agreed to this podcast. Bkclb is the first platform I used to test the water for my e-books.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • How Amazon and Smashwords don't allow a lot of control over how your 'book store' works
  • Promotion functions necessary to successfully market your novel (Twitter/video/Goodreads)
  • Partially paying for a book with a tweet
  • Different e-book models now available to writers such as short stories, subscriptions, and plays
  • The Kindle Serial program and its potential problems
  • Thoughts on creating communities for serial works
  • Getting more royalties AND Australian's reading your work
  • How independent publishers are forgotten in the digital revolution
  • How to create an epub file easily and cleanly
  • Taking advantage of reverted book rights
  • Digitally publishing magazines
  • Authors making money from sharing their mistakes
  • The boon online publishing is for poets
  • Mistakes authors make in marketing
  • How segregating yourself from the rest of the traditional publishing community may not be to your benefit

Hope you enjoy the show! And remember, I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at http://emilycraven.bkclb.co. If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from http://emilycraven.bkclb.co

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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Tags: E-Book Revolution · writing · Education · publishing · Emily Craven · Digital Book Store