The PubLaunch Supplier Series: The Jam Press

We’re starting off our first regular blog post on the new site with what we think will be the start of a new series: featuring our suppliers. First up is The Jam Press. They’re a small hybrid publisher in Toronto that focuses on creating beautiful high quality books for authors who aren’t interested in the traditional publishing route. Their first book - Conversations for Two, written by the founder of The Jam Press herself, Jacqueline Markowitz - is out now and available in online bookstores and (for Toronto locals) Type Books. Here’s our Q&A with Jacqueline.

Our Beta Launch

Last Monday, we very quietly launched the first part of PubLaunch's beta site -- just the core function, the crowdfunding. Since then, we've been tweaking, and will continue to do so. If you find a bug, please let us know. (Yes, we know "See All" shows you far from "all." Please let us know if you spot more of that kind of thing.)

The next part we'll roll out is the "Marketplace" -- the bit that helps writers find editors, designers, marketing people, and so on, for their publishing projects. You can register for that already, but there's no rush. That won't launch until April or even May. We want to make sure it works properly before letting the world see it.

Anyway, the crowdfunding part is live and works smoothly. Our first eight campaigns are up and running -- one is even at 70% of its target.

How to (Actually) Promote Your Crowdfunding Campaign

It can be tough to be a writer who wants to crowdfund. Very few resources out there give you an accurate idea of how to promote your crowdfunding campaign. Most resources tend to be nothing or everything: either build a good campaign page and just wait for the dollars to roll in or try every possible strategy to make your campaign successful. The second one can leave most first-time crowdfunders hyperventilating in a corner.

So how to properly promote your crowdfunding campaign? Be realistic about what you can do.

Three Writing Tools That Will Improve Your Novel-ing

Technology can do almost anything these days. Except write your novel for you. However, there are a growing number of ingenious online writing tools that will do their very best to help you with your writing struggles. Here are just a few of them:

An Update

Over the past few months we’ve been working hard to create our site and it’s time for us to give you an update about what’s been happening behind the scenes.

The main thing you should know is that we are currently drowning in flowcharts. Seriously. We’re all becoming flowchart experts.

The next thing is that we are still on track for opening our doors at the end of February. The plan is to open up our crowdfunding platform to a limited number of campaigns, before launching the entire site in April. We still have a number of spots available, so if you or anyone you know is planning to crowdfund a book let us know through our contact us page. We’re offering extra help to the early campaigns.