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.

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.

Hybrid Vs. Self-publishing: Or How Publishing a Book Is like Building a House

Once upon a time, the choices you’d face as a writer were easy. If you wanted to get published, you sent your manuscript to an agent, who would then send it to a publisher. If you were accepted, you got to be published. If you were rejected, rinse and repeat. That was about it.