I never planned to do this, but last night I followed a link on an article which took me to Inkshares, and after exploring the website for a little while I decided to take the plunge.
Their setup is really awesome. You submit a proposal for a story and the first chapter or whatever you’ve written so far, and if you get a certain amount of preorders, Inkshares will publish your book with editing and cover support, which is not a bad deal. I even like their royalty structure, which is 50% for the print version and 70% for the e-book.
From the Inskshares website:
Our process is simple: authors pitch, readers pre-order, and we publish. Any author can submit a proposal for a book. Once the project goes live, readers support the project by pre-ordering copies of the book. Readers are charged only when books hit their goal. Once the pre-order threshold is hit, we start publishing: we assign authors an editor, a designer, and we handle all aspects of printing, distribution, and marketing once the manuscript is finished.
So, I submitted the first chapter for The Mercy Giver. If enough people support it, Inkshares will produce and publish the story. Please check it out if you have a chance. Like it if you find that you do. Share it if you want to. (Preorder it if you feel like it. *Hint* *Hint*) Whatever you can do, trust me, I’ll appreciate the heck out of it.
If this goes well, I might consider submitting The Dead God and even The Spirit Bow. Oh, and don’t mind the current cover for The Mercy Giver. It’s only a placeholder I put together until a proper one can be created.