I’d rather talk about the tech than talk about me – but here are the nuts and bolts on the situation…
People know I write. When asked if anything is available to read, usually I point them to my Figment profile for free stories. I’m asked if I have anything published, and I talk about some unfinished novels, or projects to revise.
Three novels are in the pipeline for [digital] publishing. One is the first draft of a complete story, and the other two haven’t been completed yet. Why would I publish unfinished works? It keeps with the motto of Leanpub: Publish early, publish often.
I discovered Leanpub this year as a sponsor for Camp Nanowrimo. I realized they were also a sponsor for Nano 2012, but for whatever reason I did not explore it.
What stands out most publishing through Leanpub is an opportunity to have an unfinished work available for purchase; which can not only provide valuable feedback, but the opportunity to provide free updates to readers. Leanpub also has great free services to make works ready for publishing – not only converting your text to be available for Kindle or iPad, but a pdf which can be used to make a print version.
The royalties are simple to understand (you keep 90% minus fifty cents per copy). Another cool perk is a Nano category in their bookstore.
All three projects currently on my profile are Nano works I mentioned at various times on this blog. They all have free previews, and variable pricing for any who hate paying retail. I have a new email address for taking feedback and critiques, and also to respond.
Leanpub is a simple (and free) way to start publishing, but much elaboration upon a book’s design or layout is possible…if the writer wishes.
The video below is a little geeky and cutesy at the same time; explaining the site better in ten minutes than I can in a thousand words.