Ever hear of this?

https://www.inkshares.com/
I was completely convinced this was what I was going to try before I found Lulu. Simply presell 750 copies of your book and the rest is easy!...so happy I found Lulu.
and just kill this thread if I'm not supposed to link other self publish sites.
Tim Reinholt Author of Pow, a ski bum heist adventure

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  • They are more or less saying what most traditional publishers are asking for, although the latter often hope for an existing fan base of 10000s!

    I doubt Lulu will mind the link, seeing as you say you prefer Lulu :)

  • Inkshares is an interesting concept and apparently legitimate. Their books are crowdfunded, in much the same way as if you were to self-publish via Kickstarter. They ask for no money from the author. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/63694-inkshares-looks-to-marry-the-old-with-the-new.html
    https://www.inkshares.com/faq
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  • Seamus said:
    and just kill this thread if I'm not supposed to link other self publish sites.
    That brings up a good point, as there have been a few posts that touch on and link out to other sites.
    For the most part, the issue we would have would pertain to Rule 14:

    Do not post advertisements for other companies

    Advertising of any kind for other companies on these forums is strictly prohibited.

    I think this is a good opportunity to set a precedent here.
    It is fine to talk about other businesses, even other self-publishing companies. Comparing them to Lulu in a way that weighs one's options is perfectly acceptable. What gets close to crossing the line is advocating for another site. Ron's response above is a perfect example of the kinds of posts that are acceptable.
  • Thanks for the clarification Paul. I did just bring it up for comparison. I think for that system to work you would need to be such an incredible self-promoter and sales person. My work would have surely died on the vine.  I truly can't imagine saying to friends and strangers " I know I've never written anything, but trust me, you need to buy this book that might actually happen. At least you get your money back if it doesn't."
    It's been fun trying new attempts at promotion and sales, but I like doing it at my own pace without any crazy deadlines. And I like trying to sell people a book that other people have read.
    Tim Reinholt Author of Pow, a ski bum heist adventure
  • I noticed that Inkshare is up front enough to explain that self-publishing through companies like Lulu may be the preferable option for many authors. They make no attempt at all to sell themselves as being anything but another viable possibility.
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  • No self-actualization speeches, no asking you to mortgage your house. Still, I think you made the right decision in cutting out the middleman.
  • Inkshare makes it pretty clear that they are acting as a middleman. And they charge the author nothing for this, as is proper and professional.
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