It’s a hard fact that the most of the Indian writers faces an uphill task of meeting the publishers and convincing them to print their manuscripts. But hardly any publisher listens to these writers and most of these manuscripts won’t see light again. As a result we might end up losing the next big one of Indian literature. Most of the writers and publishers agree with me.
2014 author survey by digital book world (US) says that out of the more than 9,000 authors who responded to the survey, only 58% had completed manuscripts, and 33% of the entire sample, went on to publish their work. Self-published authors represented nearly two-thirds (60.9%) of the published authors in the survey.
Though self publishing is not common in India, we are also joining the league.
Self-publishing is the publication of any book or other media by the author of the work, without the involvement of an established third-party publisher. The author is responsible and in control of entire process including, in the case of a book, the design of the cover and interior, formats, price, distribution, marketing and public relations. The authors can do it all themselves or outsource all or part of the process to companies that offer these services. Self-publishing is not limited to physical books. Ebooks, pamphlets, sales brochures, websites, and other materials are commonly self-published.
Even in self publishing there are disadvantages like the cost of publishing. The companies which offer these services provide the much-needed guidance as well as assistance in publishing but it still requires a cost to be added to your publishing process.
This is where the crowd sourcing helps. Crowd sourcing is the new way of finding the funds for your book or any online content or even apps. Crowd sourcing helps you in getting funded by a group or a non-profit or by a corporate itself. We have seen many crowd sourcing funding campaigns successfully launched from India. (FIN, Rang De etc)
Bloody Good Book is a new concept in publishing and it’s going to revolutionize the publishing landscape of India. Founded by the renowned Writer and Entrepreneur Rashmi Bansal, bloody good book provides the platform for the young writers to showcase their manuscripts, review the manuscripts with a fresh and enthusiastic eye, and spot the real talent.
Traditional publishers employ a small group of high-minded editors, who sit at a desk or in a conference room and decide which book makes the cut. This method may be traditional, but more often than not it doesn’t work well. This is where BGB helps you in publishing.
Bloody Good Book uses the power of crowd sourcing and crowd curating to create a vibrant, interactive and dynamic online community of readers and writers across India.
Here’s how Bloody Good Book will work:
- Authors upload their manuscripts on www.bloodygoodbook.com (exclusively, for a period of 6 months).
- The first 3 chapters of these manuscripts will be displayed on the site for readers to rate and comment on.
- BGB will review the top 10 books of the month and aim to select 1 book every month to publish in the electronic format.
- BGB will undertake the editing, proof-reading, cover design and all other such aspects of the selected book in order to give it the ‘professional’ touch.
- BGB will also represent these books on the author’s behalf to print publishers.
Advantages to the author:
- BGB will publish a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 books in a year. If your book is selected, it means it’s ‘bloody good’.
- Your manuscript will attract a better deal from a print publisher if it can prove popularity with potential readers.
- Even if the manuscript is not in the top 10, or selected for publication, you will receive honest and valuable feedback on how to improve your work.
- ‘Bloody Good Book’ is an idea by an author, for the benefit of authors. The author’s best interest will always come first.
Advantages to readers:
- You get a say in what gets published— it’s more democratic and fair.
- You could be the one who spots the Next Big Talent.
- There will often be some goodies like author-signed books and chats with well-known authors for you.
- You will be part of a like-minded community, which loves books and spreads the reading bug.
- At the end of it all, you just might get inspired to start writing a book of your own!
The manuscript must be in doc or pdf form and be a complete manuscript. The service is free of cost and free to join. If your manuscript is chosen for publication, Bloody Good Book will offer you 40% royalty on the net receipts of your published eBooks. Bloody Good Book will retain the eBook publishing rights of your book for a period of 10 years and will get the first right to publish your second book as well. BGB will inform you of the decision to publish it or not within 2 months of receiving your second manuscript.
BGB is partnered with Westland Limited for the print version of your work. Every month, Westland will review the top ten best rated, reviewed and popular books along with Bloody Good Book, and consider them for co-publication. If Westland decides to co-publish your manuscript, they will offer you a minimum royalty of 10% on the MRP of your book, with the royalty increasing to 12.5% should the book sales cross 25,000. They also promise to publish your book within 12 months of deciding to do so.
Rashmi Bansal’s experience as a published author motivated her to begin this initiative.
“Getting published is a struggle for any new author and I realise I’ve been one of the fortunate few who found a publisher who believed in me. Bloody Good Book is my way of giving back to the community and enabling the next generation of authors to get discovered.”
Hope that Bloody Good Book will certainly revolutionize the publishing industry in India and will be a game changer. BGB is a sense of hope for all those writers who are yet to publish their dream project.
Self publishing has been one of the hot topics in publishing industry for quiet some time now. The self publishing sites like Lulu, shop my book, blurb, create space, book country, partridge india, author house, smash words are some of the leading self publishing sites in the world. These sites help you in reviewing your manuscripts, editorial services and helps you in publishing your book by providing publishing packages suitable for you. The package includes selecting the cover design, book format, production, marketing and selling of your books.
Even in self publishing the writers who has the manuscripts ready find it difficult to get the funding. The crowd funding for publishing their book has been the alternate way for those writers to get the needed funding. The popular crowd funding website Kickstarter has seen many campaigns involving book publishing. (The search for publishing found 17828 projects in Kickstarter) The key for crowd sourcing is the rewards that you provide for the funding. These rewards include the first copy of the book or an autographed book by the author himself or the digital copy of the book etc.
About Rashmi Bansal
Rashmi Bansal is a writer, entrepreneur and a youth expert. She is the author of five best-selling books on entrepreneurship – Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, Connect the Dots, I Have a Dream, Poor Little Rich Slum and “Follow Every Rainbow” and “Take Me Home”. As reported by the New York Times, collectively her books have sold over half a million copies and have been translated in numerous languages. she is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad. You can connect with Rashmi on Twitter as well as on Facebook Page.
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