Fireborn Publishing Promises...

Fireborn Publishing promises to authors that we will...

1. …be true to the EPIC Code of Conduct for publishers.
2. …pay authors first…always. Owner pay comes out of the budget last. We will not spend money until authors are paid. Period. When the opportunity arises, we will reinvest money in growing the business.
3. …consider all suggestions brought to us seriously, at a monthly meeting between owner staff, whether the suggestions come from authors, editors, or readers.
4. …allow our staff to do what they do best, within their budgets, without micromanagement.
5. …departments support other departments as much as we can. Streamlining the job for everyone lightens the load.
6. …help our authors to promote/market their work to the best of our ability, teach new authors to promote/market themselves, and be available to answer all questions authors have.
7. …write and maintain an ebook for authors, giving answers to commonly-asked questions, and maintain active communication between authors and contacts in the individual departments.
8. ...Maintain PDF copies of royalty reports and book copies online, so authors can download their copies, in perpetuity.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

First fundraising update...29 April 2014!

I'll be updating this no less than once a week and posting a new one. Here are our goals. They are a little daunting, though they are achievable. With $20,000, we have everything we need to start selling, save paying the staff. An additional $32,000 will pay the staff for the first 6 months of operation, at our projected levels. An additional $40,000 will pay the staff for the following 6 months, and that would be without the sales money we will actually have coming in to offset some of the costs we're incurring as we operate.

NOW THE GOOD NEWS... In the first two days of crowd funding, we've received donations of $2,400. If we all start talking up the business and get others on board, we could make it to the first two goals in 30-60 days, start taking submissions, and build our site. And, with the right promotion and a little luck, the business will actually be supporting itself fully within about 9 months. At least that's the aim.

Oh, and remember... Some of these are one-time things we'll never have to do again...or won't have to do often. For instance, filing paperwork for our trademarks is a one-time fee, and we'll be working off the pack of 1000 ISBNs for years.

Questions and Answers

Q: What genres will you be taking?
A: At the moment, everything from romantic, through all levels of romance, and erotica. We'll be taking all subgenres, MF, LGBT, and menage. In the future, as the site is fully coded, we may additionally offer straight-genre and YA books, but not until we are able to separate YA shoppers from erotic.

Q: When will you be taking submissions?
A: As soon as the crowd funding reaches the level where we have the site, cart, and the necessary money to pay the staff banked, we will start taking submissions. We are hoping to reach that level within 60 days.

Q: Doesn't the crowd funding make you a subsidy press?
A: Not at all! Authors are never required to pay us for anything, save them choosing to purchase print copies of their books, above and beyond their contracted copies. The crowd funding perks are aimed at readers...percentage off purchases, free books, priority printing, and so forth. Our models in this type of business style are (primarily) RSI, who have crowd funded to build not only the Star Citizen game but also to build their company, and other publishers, who offer member perks yearly. In fact, we may continue to offer packages after we open for business, though the unlimited packages are only for early supporting members. Of course, our goals are much more modest than those of RSI. We just want to get the baseline overhead investments taken care of and to fund the business through the intial 6-12 months of high risk start-up.

Q: When do the member perks start?
A: With the first week we release books for sale. In fact, early supporters get a bonus in that they can use thier discounts on pre-ordered titles, but the year marker for end of their discounts will be the anniversary of the first week of releases on the site.

Q: How do I become a donating member?
A: Visit our ecwid store. It will take PayPal payments and payments by credit card or debit card, using PayPal's cart system. Persons without a PayPal account can still pay with credit/debit cards via the cart, without starting a PP account.

Q: Back to the question of submissions... Do you have formatting requirements for submissions?
A: Glad you asked!
1" margins right and left; .5" margins top and bottom. Justified or centered print only, please.
Nothing in the header or footer. We will add that later.
11pt type, preferrably New Times Roman, but we will also accept Garamond or Bookman Old. We'll be changing it later, but we'd like to start with one of those.
1.5 spacing, with no additional space before or after the paragraphs.
.5" indents for paragraphs. Do not use Tabs feature. Please use your word processor's indent feature instead.
Use section break/next page and page breaks only. Please do not use hard returns to drop the beginning of a new chapter to the next page.
DOC format. If you submit in RTF or DOCX, we will change it to DOC, but do not submit in any other formats.
***** as hard break. No spaces between the astriks.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Welcome to Fireborn Publishing!

Fireborn Publishing is a new experiment in publishing.

First... Take a team of industry professionals, who have worked for multiple indie presses. Make the department heads partners in the business. Give them autonomy, within the limits of their budgets, the ability to set the standard for the high quality they've wanted to see in the products we offer. Support each other fully and discuss all major concerns, no less than monthly. Moreover, offer the staff a small percentage of net sales, in addition to a modest salary, to make them active partners in the success of the business. Success means investing in the business first and raises for the staff secondary.

Then... Agree to be as responsive as we can be to concerns of staff, readers, and authors. Whether owner-staff ultimately decide the idea proposed is workable or unworkable, every suggestion will be given due consideration.

Finally... Build the business with the long-term aim of cooperative community as part of the matrix. As part of achieving that, we will be crowd funding our start-up costs, in exchange for member perks that begin with the first week of books released from the site. Whether you want to invest at the lowest level of $10 and get a mere 5% discount on all ebook purchases in the first year of book releases or you want to donate more and get higher discounts, more years of discounted purchases, free books, and even expedited printing and/or free standard shipping on print, there is a level for everyone. If we exceed our fundraising goals, we will expand our meager goals and add more bells and whistles for the authors and readers. With enough money, we will even build in a convention or two, with special perks for donating readers!

Stand by for updates. Crowd funding starts NOW! Just click the link and click the SHOP link to see the crowd funding alternatives. As we meet each fundraising goal, we will let you know what we're building...just for you.

UPDATE! Some people are having problems with the shop link embedded on Facebook. If you have any problems, you can go directly to the shop at this link!