I recently put my book The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree on this new epublishing startup Screwpulp. Although they're still working out the kinks, they seem to have some good ideas about what's wrong with the epublishing and indie paradigms -- namely, the problem of author exposure and visibility.
From the site:
- Mission Statement
Screwpulp is on a mission. The publishing giants are falling to the way side. For too long they have held the keys to the gate of distribution. Too many great books are only in your hands because of the tenacity of the authors who kept pushing and pushing, even in the face of tens, if not hundreds, of rejection letters. The glacial pace that the traditional publishing world moves is not beneficial to new authors or to readers. We believe we have a better way to move forward, a way that not only helps new authors, but a way that protects the readers as well.
Screwpulp has created a unique ecosystem for authors and readers. You can’t have one without the other. Both parties are necessary for a good book to become a great book. We need to provide a space for everyone with a voice to be heard, or rather read. We believe getting as many eyes as possible for every new author will help expedite the process of separating the mediocre from the great. We believe the best way to do this is to let the readers be heard, let the readers decide who they like and who they love. What an experience it would be to be the first to find the next Hemingway and share it with the world. We welcome you to Screwpulp, the ecosystem that allows authors and readers to flourish.
- About Screwpulp
Screwpulp has created a new ebook marketplace that gives authors a better way to reach an audience and earn more revenue. We are at the forefront of a publishing renaissance. Not since the screw press has there been so much change in the industry. Change in the way we write, change in the way we read, change in the way we acquire books; what hasn’t changed is the way that many publishers feel that they are the sole guardians at the gate. Thousands of great books are only in existence thanks to authors who had the courage to keep pushing, after tens, hundreds, of rejection letters. What good is writing the next great novel if nobody gets to read it? We created Screwpulp to get books into the hands of readers and let their voices be heard. Everybody has a voice, the author wants to be heard, and if the reader likes it they’ll want to tell their friends.
How Screwpulp works
At Screwpulp, we publish everybody. By giving away the initial copies of the book for free, in exchange for a mention on social media and a star rating, we quickly get your book into the hands of readers. This builds a fanbase for the author quickly and this exchange creates buzz around your work. As demand for the book goes up so does the price in one dollar increments. Now new readers have a rating system to show the quality of the work before anyone buys it. Authors keep all of the rights to their works and retain 75 percent of the profit. The only thing we ask of the author is to keep their book on Screwpulp for a minimum of ninety days. We are partnering with different organizations to help authors with cover design, editing and formatting. We will unveil more tools over time.