Inkshares is an unusual publisher worth checking out. I happened upon them when reading an article about hybrid publishers yesterday morning. But Inkshares isn’t a hybrid publisher. They are a traditional publisher with a twist. First, you test your book idea and draft out, gain a following and presell at least 750 copies. With that many presales, they’ll publish your ebook. With 1,000 presales, they’ll publish your paperback. They really do follow through, too, with all of the editing, production and distribution a traditional publisher provides. But since you help the book gain traction with presales, you get a larger percentage of the profits than a traditional publisher provides.

I’ll paste in a description of how it works. It comes directly from Inkshare’s website:

Sketch out your book idea.

What are you thinking of writing? Have a working title? Can you describe your idea in 20 words or less?

Turn your idea into a draft.

Feel good about your idea? Upload a sample chapter (if you have one). We’ll use your writing sample to build your draft page. If you don’t have a sample, no problem. You can upload one later or sketch out your draft on Inkshares.

Get feedback.

Do people like your idea? Your writing? Ask readers to help you improve your draft and build a following along the way. Many authors will stop at this step, which is perfectly fine. 

Sell Pre-Orders.

When and if you’re ready to turn your draft into a book, we’ll start to sell pre-orders. You’ll run your pre-order campaign from Inkshares. We’ll publish your book if you reach your pre-order threshold.

We Publish.

When you reach your pre-order goal, we’ll start the publishing process with you. We’ll edit, design, print, distribute, and market your book where the intensity of each is based on your goal level. We are your publisher.

What do you think?

I haven’t seen this model before and think it’s worth considering. It would be quite a challenge to figure out how to reach the 750 threshold. How would you go about getting 750 advance orders for your book in progress?

Have You Noticed? by Laura McHale Holland

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