Inkshares vs. The Others

Created about 2 years ago by Jason Yormark with 11 comments
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2017 11 10 18.40.38 1 TCC Edwards · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 3 likes
@Luke Fellner People do use Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Patreon for books, yes. They all have their ups and downs, but the main thing that keeps me from using them is coming up with funding bonuses. Like, making a t-shirt for people who give me $20, A USB stick for $30, things like that. 

You also have to add lots of pictures and videos - nobody wants to fund something that’s text-only. Promotion is a much bigger job, and then you still have to find a good editor and figure out distribution into bookstores. At least Inkshares puts some of those steps together in one place.
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · added about 2 years ago
@John Dennehy The only others I’ve heard of is Kickstarter but I know that’ll only give funds and it’s not really for books.
34776 470600893241 3321574 n John Dennehy · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
My book funded in October and I have had a terrible experience with Inkshares ever since. (Read the ’updates’ and ’comments’ on my book’s page if you’re curious to hear what happened.) I may write an article about it all and would love to include alternatives to Inkshares. Does anyone know any others beyond Publishizer & Unbound?
2017 11 10 18.40.38 1 TCC Edwards · Author · added about 2 years ago
My tl;dr takeaway of the other sites: Unbound is not a particularly good choice for folks outside the UK, and Publishizer only promises to "connect" you with publishers. Inkshares, meanwhile, edits, promotes, publishes, and provides an interesting community.

It’s still a very tough sell for friends and family - nobody wants to type their credit card number on a website they don’t know, and Inkshares doesn’t offer any other viable way to preorder. (I don’t consider bitcoin viable - not enough people have the slightest clue how to use it).  Still, I’m a lot more likely to go with Inkshares than any other site,
Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 4 likes
@Sarah Margolis Pearce I would agree. I’ve found the community here to be fantastic — always helpful with advice and feedback.
Sarahmpearce Sarah Margolis Pearce · Reader · edited about 2 years ago · 4 likes
What I am liking about Inkshares is the connection and networking with other writers. Some have more experience here than others and that is helpful for somebody like me. I self-published my first novel last year using CreateSpace. With the completion of my second novel, I wanted to try something different. Thirty unanswered agent and publishers later, I’m not quite ready to go back to CreateSpace so I thought I’d try Inkshares.  I have launched a FB campaign to draw in the FB community. What about Goodreads? Has anybody tried to use Goodreads to draw followers from there? There is an Inkshares Groups at GR but there isn’t much activity over there.

Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 4 likes
Each of the platforms has a slightly different take.
Unbound requires you to submit your manuscript, after which they review it and put it up for a campaign if it passes their initial assessment. If you are successful Unbound publishes you.
Inkshares lets you start immediately and do your thing, even if you don’t have a finished manuscript. If you are successful in your campaign, Inkshares publishes you.
Publishizer lets you start with a proposal and crowdfund, but they don’t acutally publish you. They connect you with other publishers (who will want to talk to you — hopefully — if your campaign is successful).

Pros and cons of each. I don’t know as much about publishzer, but at first glance it isn’t as appealing to me. Unbound is a good option, if you have a completed manuscript read to go.

For all of them, you need to get organised before starting a campaign and you need to attack it methodically. Any campaign, on any platform, is going to be hard work.
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · added about 2 years ago
I have only tried out inkshares so far, but I find that as long as you are active and make contact with your followers you should be fine. As for the preorder campaigns, I haven’t started mine yet. I don’t have a bank account and that’s my only setback. Just know one is required before starting the campaign.
Smalltwitter Jason Yormark · Author · added about 2 years ago
Thanks Donna! Would love to hear your insights.
Me Donna Litt · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
Hey! I’d love to chat. I’m a fan of good ol’ talk communication, so I’ve followed you. If you follow me back, we can DM & figure out the best way of connecting. No pressure or expectations on my part, but I’m happy to provide some insider feedback.
Smalltwitter Jason Yormark · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like
I’m your poster boy newbie. Never have written or published a book, but dreamed of doing so. It wasn’t until recently that I found the determination to get serious about it. Over the years I knew about platforms like Inkshares, Publishizer and Unbound, and dabbled with all of them. Putting my book idea up, checking things out, etc.

Now that I’m ready to pull the trigger and have all my pre-work done (premise, outlines, video, marketing), I’m ready to launch a pre-sale campaign. 

What I’m trying to figure out is where to do it. I’m ruling out the Kickstarter/Indiegogo model, because that’s just about raising money and not really geared for authors. So it’s really come down to Inkshares vs. Publishizer (Unbound looks to be mostly UK based).

I just was hoping to get some insight from the community here if they had some thoughts/ideas on the differences between both of these platforms, the positives/negatives vs. both, etc. I know most here will be huge advocates of Inkshares, but I was hoping to get some good insight to a complete newbie to make the right decision.

I’m not really in it for the money for my first book. I just want to feel the accomplishment of writing one. If I’m any good at it, then perhaps later money becomes more important.