Hello my fellow Inkshares friends, I’ve had an ongoing issue as I’ve tried to sell my books here and to the general public and that has been that most people I’ve talked to about my novels is that when they buy a book, they want to have in hand, either by e-format or within so many days of purchase. In today’s market it seems to be geared towards immediate gratification by wanting the unpublished book yesterday and in their hands. I get dejected when I hear that the price is too much or that all too familiar phrase, “Why should I pay $10 for an e-book when I can go pay less at Amazon and have it now and not the promise of possibly a year from now?”
I’ve doubted my selling prowess, even telling people that I have a full manuscript ready for publication and that I need the preorders to make it a dream come true. The people have asked, “Why bother with Inkshares when you can self-publish on Amazon?” Trust me when I say the thought had crossed my mind when I failed in my early attempts at selling two books at once, (dumb move on my part!) but this got me thinking of an idea that might aide some of us authors out. I know there are some authors here that do have manuscripts completed, albeit rough drafts and in need of editing, and would love to have them published right away. What if when we go through the setup process of our idea stage that there’s a spot that asks if you have a complete manuscript already and are given the option to have it uploaded in a readme or PDF file, separate from the preorder mode?
If someone purchased your book in paperback or e-book format, they would be instantly granted a viewable manuscript with the disclaimer that it’s unedited version. For the price the readers are paying for the e-books and physical copies, it’s not too much to ask if we let our backers get to read their purchase if we have it pretty much finished, albeit not polished to perfection. Please everyone, do weigh in your thoughts on this because this could the little chink needed to get past the immediate gratification population of readers.
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