Hey everyone, my name is Jeff. I've been a Litreactor member for quite a while now - I've been published alongside a few of the fine writers who have developed their talents here at LR. It's a wonderful community.
I published a horror novel last year called THE SKUNGE. I published it via a new publisher/service named WeBook, as one of the test releases of a group of first-time authors. The experience, to put it mildly, was disappointing. They exhibited the same old publishing industry problems most of you have heard about - problems with editing/editors, bad cover designs (I ended up designing my own based on the other covers which were a bit... not great), and llllllong delays. It took about 6 months to get my first royalty statement. Along with those issues came a myriad of technical problems, sundry annoyances, and frustrating delays.
At the end, I decided my next book would be self-published. But if you research, there is a bewildering and daunting list of options and resources out there for how to accomplish - and succeed - with self-publishing.
Then, I had an idea! What if I was working with a team of people who understood self-publishing, had done it themselves, and could help eliminate those problems?
I decided to form IndieKite, a next-generation platform that allows indie authors to move past the maze of self-publishing dead ends and problems. Together with a couple friends (a self-publishing author, Ryan, and a lifelong reader/editor, Jenn), we started the venture of IndieKite, not knowing how exactly to solve all those problems, but trusting writers to know, and promising to find and deliver a solution.
I’m proud to announce our first customer, Brad DeBorde, has successfully written, polished, and published his first novel: Paydunor: The Demon Stone, available in paperback and eBook from Amazon. Along the way, we ran into a lot of problems, delays, and just plain weirdness, but at the end, we watched his book make its way from his mind to the page to the web, and it came out great! Jenn worked with him along the way, turning his first draft (he was still writing the book when he signed on) into a polished, solid, first novel that he can be proud of. She did such a great job that Brad asked her to edit a play he was working on, which he also published. Ryan designed the interior layouts and worked with the graphic artist to create a truly stunning product, and I designed and built a website (www.paydunor.com) and a social media presence for him to leverage as he works on the second book in the series. He is stoked to be able to do what he wants to do - write - rather than have to think like a business person and worry about how do I build a site? How do I reach out to readers on social media? How do I make an eBook, and the million other questions I asked myself when I decided to self-publish.
It’s been great fun, hard work and we’re all really proud of what we put into making Brad’s dream a reality - now I’m asking you, if you’re wondering how to get your book out there - let us know. I’m happy to answer any and all questions, so if you’re curious, drop me a line and let’s chat.
You can also google IndieKite, and find us there, and be sure to check Amazon for Paydunor: The Demon Stone.Hey Li Cheers!
Jeff! Glad you are back. WeBook sucks hard? Anything else?