It is with electronic magazines as it is with people: a few good ones make all the difference.
I’ve been a publisher for a LONG time — over 35 years and counting.
Since I established Authorcloud a couple of years ago, I’ve been struck by how similar the issues facing indie-publishing authors are these days. The brave new digital world that’s sweeping the old publishing paradigm away is one full of both peril and possibility. The bottom line is that, last year, almost 250,000 new book and ebook titles were published in English. Making the challenge of standing out in the crowd daunting, to put it mildly.
I’ve been grappling with the question of how best to assist authors in gaining some visibility for their work. To stand out in the crowd. How best to assist them in gaining an audience, and hopefully some traction in a horribly crowded marketplace, at a time when most traditional publishers do little if anything to promote their authors’ works.
My answer? A new electronic magazine, called Nirvana Chronicles.
Imagine a gorgeous, monthly e-magazine, easily available to hundreds of millions of iPad, iPod, and iPhone owners around the world. A beautifully designed, fully interactive e-magazine, that will include fabulous photography, awesome art, vivid videos, moving music, and… riveting writing, featuring authors like you!
Every issue of Nirvana will showcase original work by talented writers. Short fiction. Excerpts from works in progress and previously published material. Non-fiction. Poetry. Author interviews. Feature stories on authors. Reviews. And lively, opinionated news from the rapidly evolving world of publishing, info of interest to writers everywhere.
I asked myself what I would choose to take with me if I were sent to a desert island (one with high speed WiFi available!), and was allowed to take along an iPad and a single e-magazine app. Nirvana Chronicles is the answer.
To pull this off, I need your help. There are three things you can do to make Nirvana a success.
First, you can make a contribution. I want Nirvana to be editorially independent. No mega-corp telling us what we can and can’t publish. I don’t want to be beholden to a board or a bunch of bottom line-driven shareholders. So I’m looking to raise a bit of capital through an innovative “crowdfunding” organization called Rockethub. So far I’ve received contributions ranging as high as $500. But contributions as low as $5 are equally welcome. Contributing is easy: just CLICK HERE, then click the big red Fuel This Project button, and away you go. For as little as the cost of a Starbucks double latte, you can help create a fantastic new vehicle for authors, artists, musicians, and filmmakers.
Secondly, you can consider submitting your work. It’s easy. Just contact me, at email@example.com. Let me know what you have in mind, and we’ll take the conversation from there. I know how tough it is to have your work noticed, in a professional way. If I can help, I will.
And lastly, spread the word! Let all your social media friends and contacts know about Nirvana, and urge them to lend their support.
I started this post with a paraphrased quote from Voltaire. I’ll end with one, too.
Life may indeed be a shipwreck. But don’t forget to sing in the lifeboat!