Writers, Readers, Direct – a new site for both authors and readers to find each other.
I received an email last night from Susan Barrett, an established author, who tells me that she ran into all manner of problems about getting her work published through traditional channels after taking a break from writing.
This has resulted in her setting up a website (www.writersreadersdirect.com) which will allow writers to submit their books for publication as ebooks (PDF and ePub formats) and then if accepted, they will be offered for sale on the site.
Obviously readers can visit the site and buy ebooks from it in the normal manner.
Only just started, so not many ebooks yet… But..
As it is a very new site, ( I am writing this on 30th March 2011) it has not got a very wide range of ebooks on offer yet, but as it becomes better known, obviously the number of ebooks being offered for sale there will increase. We all have to start somewhere after all.
The pricing structure is very simple, full length ebooks will sell for 3 British Pounds (I don’t seem to have the symbol for that currency here…curious), short story bundles will go for 1 British Pound, so the pricing is very reasonable in my view. The process for purchasing ebooks is also straight forward, pay with a credit card or PayPal and it is done.
Good royalties for writers:
The nice thing is the amount the author gets for any ebooks that are sold, for a full length ebook they will receive 2 British Pounds, and for a short story, 75 Pence, which is very generous. You can see that it is a site set up by a writer rather than a publisher………
However, if you submit a book to them, they will charge you a non-returnable reviewing charge of 5 British Pounds. Actually, this isn’t unreasonable, as they will look after all the steps needed to convert your book to ebook format, placing it on their site and so on.
Writers retain rights to their work:
By the way, one important note for authors, this site does not require that they have sole rights to your ebook, you are completely free to find other ways of selling your ebook……
The site itself is well set up and all works well, so wandering around it – as I did – is easy. The various genres of ebook are categorized properly, there is a forum (still not really being used, but once again, give it time and it should be very lively).
They also offer a professional reviewing service to authors should they wish to have their ebook read and criticized by a small group of writing professionals, a sort of Peer review which is a rather nice idea… But this service is pretty expensive, ranging from 75 to 300 British Pounds according to length. But this is not compulsory, happily.
As I mentioned above, this site does not yet have a very wide range of ebooks on offer, but what ebooks it does have now cover a reasonably wide range of genres, and as it is a site that is obviously both writer and reader friendly, I am sure it will grow.
I know there are already loads of self-publishing websites out there, such as Smash Words et.al, but I don’t see that as a problem, it is a big world after all, and there should be room for as wide a choice as possible.
Also, as Rich Adin has remarked, sites such as Smashwords are now so big they have become almost too big and cumbersome for the average person to use…. Try and find an ebook that interests you on such sites… It has become a sort of gambol, one chooses an ebook in desperation in the end after ploughing through thousands of ebooks by unknown authors, and hope to find the jewel among the dross.
So, I wish this site all the best, and hope that many writers and readers head on over to it and help make it into what I feel it richly deserves to become – a largish, friendly place for writers and readers of new writing to find each other.
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