Inkshares, an unusual publisher

Inkshares, an unusual publisher

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?

Five stars for The Kiminee Dream

Five stars for The Kiminee Dream

Hip hip hooray! Did you know authors can receive free editorial reviews from Readers Favorite? It’s been a few months since I requested a review for The Kiminee Dream, but it was worth the wait.

Here’s the Readers Favorite review by K.C. Finn:

The Kiminee Dream is a work of fiction in the magical realism, family saga, and small-town drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Laura McHale Holland. Mixing the everyday humdrum life of a family beset by tragedy with the incredible magical events that happen in a little town that everyone takes for granted, this charming story charts the highs and lows of Carly Mae Foley and her family in the town of Kiminee, Illinois. What results is a sweeping tale with tragedy lurking at its dark edges, and the promise of a town’s spirit that one hopes will never be broken.

Author Laura McHale Holland has crafted a highly unusual novel that will not suit all tastes, but those that do willingly throw themselves into the immersive fantasy of Kiminee will find themselves on a wildly satisfying journey of emotional highs and lows. One of the most impressive things for me was the lyrical quality of the storytelling, which flows both like poetry and fairytale as the plot unfolds with huge amounts of detail and atmosphere. Holland’s pen crafts gorgeous images that represent the moods and ideas of the town and its characters, bathing them in shadow and light as different events play out. I felt that the characters were also exceedingly well developed with keen attention to their attitudes and emotions, making for a richer sense of kinship and rivalry within the town itself. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Kiminee Dream to fiction fans who enjoy lyrical and truly magical works.

The way cool Jennie Nash trains book coaches

The way cool Jennie Nash trains book coaches

I don’t recall how I heard about Jennie Nash, but I’ve been aware of her Author Accelerator program, through which authors can receive coaching for their entire book writing and publication process or for just a part of it. She receives outstanding reviews for her work in this area.

Now, she is also training people how to become book coaches. It sounds like a great career for someone who loves stories, the writing process and helping others. You don’t have to be a published author to be a book coach. In a series of videos Jennie explains what book coaching is and isn’t, qualities a great book coach has, what a book coach needs to know, how Jennie’s training program works and more.

I watched the videos in one sitting several evenings ago, and I keep thinking about this program.

Does it mean book coaching is in my future? I don’t know. Like many other people, I have a way of getting excited about one online program or another (usually having to do with some aspect of book marketing) and then not completing the program, so I have to be careful about such things, but I do feel this program would give a solid footing to someone seriously interested in becoming a book coach.

Here’s a link to the video series:

I found this appealing photo of Jennie Nash online. It also appears on The Book Designer website, but it has no attribution there, so I don’t know who to credit for it.

I’m giving DIY audiobooks a try

I’m giving DIY audiobooks a try

Should this be my first audiobook?

I’ve had audiobook production on the back burner because of the expense of hiring someone to do it for you and what I thought would be the daunting technical aspects of doing it yourself.

Then I happened upon Derek Doepker, who offers a video course on DIY audiobook production. He’s good at explaining things in a way that makes them see doable. Now, I’m the sort of person who, if there’s a wrong turn to make when it comes to something technical, I’ll take it, no matter how hard I try not to. Still, I’m going to give it a go.

I don’t know how long it’ll take to do my first audiobook. I haven’t even set up the equipment yet (minimal equipment required) or decided what book to do first, though I’m thinking I might begin with my most recent book, The Kiminee Dream, and work backward from there. I’m optimistic that whichever book I choose, it’ll happen in the next year.

If you’re an author who has put audiobooks on hold, you might want to check Derek out. Here’s a link to a YouTube video where he talks about audiobook production:

I stuck my neck out

I purchased a book based on a heartfelt endorsement by a woman who runs a book distribution and author services company. I subscribe to her newsletter; that’s where I learned of the book.

Email receipt.

The paperback arrived yesterday (not August 28 as estimated on the receipt, but that’s no big deal). The cover and internal layout were pleasing and up to industry standards.

The text, however, was riddled with errors—shockingly so.

The story the book tells is deeply moving, so I don’t want to attract negative attention to the book. Thus, I won’t name the book or the person who recommended. Instead, I wrote to her. I was concerned that she’d promoted a flawed book to her email subscribers, which given her apparent success, is in the multiple thousands.

I pointed out errors in the first seven pages and said the book deserves better. Generally, I find from zero (rare) to three errors in books that are produced with professional care. This is when I’m reading for enjoyment, not with my editor’s hat on, which is how I was reading the book I received yesterday.

I don’t know how the publishing pro and indie author enthusiast will react to my email. Will she think I’m too picky? Will she conclude I’m a nut case? Will she be grateful and hand the book off to a copyeditor? Will she simply not respond?

I have no clue. I stuck my neck out, and we’ll see what happens.

This, I believe, is a reminder to all of us in the independent publishing movement to be careful about what we endorse. Our reputations depend on not only producing high-quality books ourselves, but also ensuring the books we recommend to our readers and supporters are stellar as well, not just in the stories they have to tell, but in all aspects, including copyediting and proofreading.

Have You Noticed? by Laura McHale Holland

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