A few months ago I launched thrillsandmystery.com
, a website
for crime/thriller/suspense/horror/mystery/adventure writers to test the waters
with their short-form fiction, and build buzz for their other work. The idea
was that a fraction of a story would be placed in a vetting forum where readers could get a taste and
suggest ways to punch the story. The story would then move to a contest page,
where a bigger sample of the now re-worked story could be voted into an
anthology based on story merit. The idea being that if readers were emotionally
invested in a story, they’d want to read the conclusion, so the stories with
the most promise – the most merit – would advance.
So obviously I am a believer in the crowd-sourcing model of
publishing. I like the idea that readers – fans – should be allowed the
opportunity to dictate what floats to the top. For years we’ve been wedded to
this old-school idea that publishers, agents, producers, and other corporate
players should be in charge of dictating to us what we find entertaining. Don’t
get me wrong. Sometimes they hit the ball out of the park. But just as often
excellent, potentially ground-breaking work winds up languishing on the slush-pile.
Which is why I’m going to tell you about a new site and
service called Pentian
I have not tried this service myself, so this is not a testimonial. I am also
not receiving any kind of financial compensation, so this is not an ad. This is
just me letting you, my fellow authors, know about something else you might
want to consider as part of your overall publishing strategy.
The way Pentian works is similar to gofundme or indiegogo or
kickstarter, only those who decide to help fund a project are treated as
publishing partners and they share in all future royalties. Here’s how Pentian describes
Pentian crowdsources publishing with a great twist:
backers share in future royalties and Pentian operates as a publisher, insuring
the success of the books with worldwide print + digital distribution. and
production. There is NO cost to the authors; once a book is successfully
crowd-funded, Pentian does the rest.
Pentian has had
stellar success with over 180 books published in Spain & South America in
the first 9 months, and recently soft-launched in the USA (with 3 American
books funded already!)
If you have a novel you have been shipping around to agents
and publishers with no success, perhaps Pentian might be something you could
consider. It will give you all the same cred that publishing a book with a trad
publisher offers thus avoiding the still present though dwindling stigma
associated with self-pubbing, although you would sacrifice the control and
potential profitability self-publishing still offers – but does not guarantee.
Should you decide to go the Pentian route, use this promo
code when you sign up; UA69
personally get nothing from it, but you will receive a 10% boost in your funding
goal leaving a mere 9/10 of your publishing costs unfunded and up to your fans,
friends, family, and future business partners.