Ken Kesey once said his psychedelic bus, Further, was his greatest work. Easy for him to say, with books like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion under his belt.
Most writers I know are not yet ready to move on to auto art. They have a ways to go yet, creatively and commercially, before they feel they have the luxury to cash a royalty check and invite some pals to hop aboard and go cavorting down the West Coast, dispensing wisdom and hallucinogens to an unsuspecting public.
In fact, for most authors, their own personal Magical Mystery Tours have little to do with Peace, Love, and LSD, and a lot to do with effective writing, decent design, and trying to figure out how to reach an audience in the 21st century.
Which is why I’ve decided to create a new Authorcloud — a web-based dispenser of author services for discerning, self-publishing authors. Authorcloud will provide professional editorial and design support, as well as advice, coaching, mentoring, news, opinion, and links, all tailored to help writers create works they will be proud of.
In short, the new Authorcloud is intended to become the place on the web for self-publishing authors who really care about the quality of their work, would like some advice, support, and tips from a seasoned publishers, and enjoy sharing experiences, suggestions, and encouragement with other writers.
So big functionality is on the way. In the meantime, if you have a manuscript kicking around and would love quick (FREE!) professional feedback, send it to us. We’ll take a look and give you some brief, unvarnished feedback from publishing industry pros (led by me — I’ve been working with authors & publishing books for 35 years). Just send it to: email@example.com. I mean, why not?!
And for those of you who already know you need some professional help (no, no, not that kind of help — I’m thinking of editing and/or design assistance here), again, just drop us an email at the same address. We’re open for business during our site construction project — in fact I’ll tell you about some of the terrific editorial and design projects we’ve recently done or are currently working on in upcoming posts — it’s always inspirational to hear stories about people who just do it!
R.G. Morse is the founder of Authorcloud, and the author of six books. His latest, MAN UP IN TEN LESSONS, is available as an ebook, for Kindle users, Barnes & Noble NOOK users, KOBO users, and in the Apple iBooks section of iTunes.