mytro project

Publishing’s Kickstarter Moment

First, some ranting: getting an Indie book reviewed is almost impossible. It took a publisher’s backing to make the The Martian a hit and Hugh Howey had to create his own publisher, Broad Reach

Publisher Revenues Down As Ebook Buying Slows

Publishing conglomerates Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster are facing tough times this quarter as ebook sales fell and total profit dropped 5.6% at S&S and approximately 12% for RPH. T

Pomplamoose Details The Cost Of Being An Indie Band

In a surprising display of transparency, Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn aka Pomplamoose detailed what it took to run a 28-city tour of the US. The bottom line? The band made $135,983 in income… and

HarperCollins Will Give Authors A “Buy Now” Button For Their Own Books

In what seems to be an effort to reduce the power Amazon has over book sales, Harper Collins has announced a new service for authors that allows them to add a “Buy Now” button to their per

Amazon Launches WriteOn To Compete Against Crowd-Writing Sites Like Wattpad

Amazon has launched a crowd-editing and -writing service called WriteOn into private beta. In an announcement on the Kindle Author Forums, the company said that the site would act as a “communit

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 m

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 Kic

Reedsy Helps Indie Publishers Get Things Done

<a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/mytro-project">Self-publishing</a> is the new Beanie Babies: everyone wants in and everyone wants to cuddle. But what if you don't have the editorial chops, de

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 wave

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 <a target="_blank" href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/2

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 Omni

Unglue.it Sets Books Free After Authors Get Paid

Giving away your books is easy for fancy guys like <a target="_blank" href="http://craphound.com">Cory Doctorow</a>, but what about the rest of us poor hacks? While the impetus to release books into t

Pressing The Button

The <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/mytro-project/">Mytro Project</a> is almost over. Over the past few months I've been writing about my experience crowdfunding and self-publishing a <a targ

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

Long-time readers will recall one of my favorite series, <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/song-of-the-power-squid/">The Song Of The Power Squid</a>, a six-parter by inventor Chris Hawker. Writ

The Mytro Project By The Numbers

As you recall, I've been writing off and on about my experience <a target="_blank" href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mytro--2/x/2114623">crowdfunding a kids' book</a>. I've run the campaign for

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 <strong>actually paid</strong> for their ebooks, based on some

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 <a href="https://beta.techc

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 bi

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

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 <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/mytro-project/">write ab
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