mytro project

  • There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes

    There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes

    In an interesting post, writer Claude Nougat estimated the total number of books on Amazon – about 3.4 million at last count (a number that could include apps as well) and then figured out how many books were added in a day. Nougat noticed that the number rose by 12 books in an hour, which suggests that one new book is added every five minutes. And, most likely, it’s probably an… Read More

  • The Guy Who Kickstarted Potato Salad Wasn’t Just Trolling Us All

    The Guy Who Kickstarted Potato Salad Wasn’t Just Trolling Us All

    It’s come to our attention that PotatoStock is a go. Zack “Danger” Brown, a Columbus, Ohio native, previously confirmed that he will put the proceeds raised from his potato salad Kickstarter to good use, namely foundingĀ PotatoStock, a philanthropic music festival featuring “gallons” of potato salad. The festival, which will be heldĀ on September 27 in… Read More

  • Reedsy Helps Indie Publishers Get Things Done

    Reedsy Helps Indie Publishers Get Things Done

    Self-publishing is the new Beanie Babies: everyone wants in and everyone wants to cuddle. But what if you don’t have the editorial chops, design talent, or artistic skills to make a pretty or readable book? Reedsy is there to help. Read More

  • What Kindle Unlimited Means For Authors

    What Kindle Unlimited Means For Authors

    Now that Amazon has uncorked their Kindle Unlimited service I, like many indie authors, was curious. What does this mean for us withered scribes, scribbling away in our garrets and bobbing on the waves of Amazon’s massive literary marketplace? Will I get paid if I join Kindle Unlimited? How do I add my book to the mix? Will I become fabulously rich? Full disclosure: I’ve been… Read More

  • Amazon Keeps Fighting Big Publishers But Authors Pay The Price

    Amazon Keeps Fighting Big Publishers But Authors Pay The Price

    It’s Amazon’s world and we’re just living in it. As the company continues to flex its muscle against big publishers – this time against Hachette – the average author could be excused for feeling a bit of schadenfreude. Publishers have run the show for a long time and their efforts at cultural curation have resulted in million dollar deals for Snooki and bupkus… Read More

  • Hugh Howey, Author Of The “Silo Saga,” Talks About Making It Big In Self-Publishing

    Hugh Howey, Author Of The “Silo Saga,” Talks About Making It Big In Self-Publishing

    Hugh Howey is a best-selling Sci-Fi author with a long and interesting pedigree. He’s been a yacht captain, a computer guy and, most recently, a bona fide publishing sensation. His book, the Wool Omnibus, started as a novella on the Amazon Kindle Store and suddenly blossomed into a massive, multi-volume opus that is a #1 Bestseller on Amazon and the winner of Kindle Book Review’s… Read More

  • Unglue.it Sets Books Free After Authors Get Paid

    Unglue.it Sets Books Free After Authors Get Paid

    Giving away your books is easy for fancy guys like Cory Doctorow, but what about the rest of us poor hacks? While the impetus to release books into the Creative Commons is noble, a writer needs to get paid. Read More

  • Pressing The Button

    Pressing The Button

    The Mytro Project is almost over. Over the past few months I’ve been writing about my experience crowdfunding and self-publishing a YA fantasy book called Mytro. After running an Indiegogo campaign and coming out with almost $20,000, I’m at the point when I have to start delivering books. Read More

  • Creator Of The Power Squid, Chris Hawker, Hits The Crowdfunding Trail With Quickey

    Creator Of The Power Squid, Chris Hawker, Hits The Crowdfunding Trail With Quickey

    Long-time readers will recall one of my favorite series, The Song Of The Power Squid, a six-parter by inventor Chris Hawker. Written at the cusp of the hardware startup revolution, the story was part cautionary tale and part adventure as Hawker and his team tried to bring the Power Squid, a multi-armed extension cord, to market. Read More

  • The Mytro Project By The Numbers

    The Mytro Project By The Numbers

    As you recall, I’ve been writing off and on about my experience crowdfunding a kids’ book. I’ve run the campaign for 45 days and there are now less than two days left. I raised a lot of money. I’m very happy. But now what? Read More

  • Ten Things You May Not Know About Ebook Prices

    Ten Things You May Not Know About Ebook Prices

    How much should you pay for an ebook? $9.99? $0.99? $0? And how much should you price your ebooks? I’m going to tell you what people have actually paid for their ebooks, based on some hard data from Luzme. You can set the price of your book to be anything you want; what really matters is what someone will pay for it! Read More

  • I, Spammer

    I, Spammer

    As I approach the half-way mark of my crowdfunding project, I wanted to address the thing that makes me feel the worst about this whole process: the spam. As I intimated in in my last post, moving from passive content producer to active content salesperson is hard. As someone used to fire-and-forget posting, convincing others to buy something I’ve built is a hard thing to do. And the… Read More

  • The Crowdfunder’s Dilemma

    The Crowdfunder’s Dilemma

    My crowdfunding campaign is fully funded now and I’m preparing metrics and other measurements to help us both understand some best practices for crowdfunding. But, until then, I wanted to comment a bit on the problems facing crowdfunders when it comes to marketing and sales. I’m a writer and it’s almost as if I’m naturally averse to self-promotion. That is exactly the… Read More

  • Crowdfunding: Figure Out What Success Looks Like And Plan Backwards From There

    Crowdfunding: Figure Out What Success Looks Like And Plan Backwards From There

    This is what happened during my first crowdfunding project, which is currently sitting at 97% of its goal with two days left on the clock. Our campaign’s goal was to cover the launch cost of our first product, a supercapacitor-powered portable speaker which would cost about $8000 in compliance & overhead costs. The next time I do something like this, I’m going to make a… Read More

  • My Long Road To Self-Publishing

    My Long Road To Self-Publishing

    After blindly supporting it for a number of years, I’ve decided to crowdfund my own project, a novel that I wrote for my son, and then write about the experience for you guys. Today I’d like to talk about my own experiences in publishing and why I think crowdfunding is, at the very least, a viable alternative to the traditional models. Be warned: this is a little introspective… Read More

  • Why I’m Crowdfunding My Book

    Why I’m Crowdfunding My Book

    I like to write. A lot. I write a lot for TC, and then when I’m done here, I like to write non-fiction, and most recently, fiction. I just finished a novel – and “finished” is a very loaded term when it comes to writing, but let’s say I’ve completed the story – and now I’m crowdfunding it. I’m going to write about my experience here on… Read More