I have this idea. It’s been running in my head for several weeks. The idea is for nonprofit organization for writers. It would start with a forum as a means to get to know one another and support each other. There may also be an exchange of services board for help with alpha reading, beta reading, proofreading and other such things. Another board might be for a ‘Meet the Author’ forum so fans can talk to their favorite authors.
In addition to the forums, I’d like to start with offering basic editing and formatting services for ebooks. Eventually I’d like to add content editing, book covers, and hopefully publishing services.
There would also be a Twitter feed announcing new members and announcing when members publish new materials.
In order to do this, I would need volunteers and donations. I’m not asking yet, I just want to know who would be willing. I don’t want ANY donations until this is a legal entity. I have a domain and hosting, but I need a logo designer and web designer (or an easy template).
I could do this as a regular business, but I’d much rather it be non-profit. As such, if it takes off, it could change the face of e-publishing. I’d really like comments, input, offers of potential future assistance…anything really. I need to know how to proceed here. I am just not sure where to begin with such a big idea…but the idea won’t let me go! Please help?
Rumors are flying today about a Press Conference Apple will be holding later this month regarding a new software release. The rumor-mill says the new software is Apple’s answer to Amazon‘s KDP Select: An exclusive self-publishing incentive for indie authors. As yet there are no details, but Mark Coker of Smashwords says of the rumors:
Apple has a unique (and in my opinion extremely successful) approach to content acquisition in which they complement their own self-publishing platform with a carefully selected list of recommended aggregators. Smashwords been on the list since the iBookstore’s launch. All of the aggregators are subject to ongoing audits where Apple scrutinizes every aspect of our business for our ability to serve their publishers, and if any of us don’t make the cut we’re dropped from the program.
Frankly if they do decided to try to compete with Amazon (which won’t be much of a competition once the KDP Select participants see how low the actual payouts are, in my opinion) I hope they do a much better job giving Indie authors the payout they deserve. Leave a comment telling me what you think.
The new picture above actually came with this theme, and I think it’s very lovely, so I decided to make a writing prompt out of it. My story is below, what is yours?
A young couple took a walk just in the morning dawn. The morning mist still hung in a thick curtain over the water, but they decided to walk by the lake anyhow. As they neared the bridge, the light shone through the fog as it lifted. The man grabbed his camera and took a picture. He showed the picture to his beloved and said.
“I took this picture so that we could remember the mist that sometimes clouds our lives. Since meeting you, the mist has vanished from my life and I can see a clear future for the first time. You’ve made my life complete and I want to spend forever with you.”
Then he bent on one knee and placed a ring on her finger. “Please help me keep the fog of daily living from clouding my life again. Your smile means the world to me and I want to see it for the rest of my life. Marry me.”
Please share your story too, if the picture inspires you, and please share this post, so we can get a lot of stories going here! I’m excited by the traffic I’ve received lately, let’s see if we can’t get some interaction going. Thanks to everyone!!
I hope everyone had a wonderful start to the new year. 2011 was so miserable for so many people I know that 2012 can only be terrific! I’m counting on that. 2012 is going to be the best year ever!! Many blessings to all, and positive warm thoughts for an amazingly wonderful year!