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.

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