The most valuable talent of all is never using two words when just one will do. - Thomas Jefferson
Last Wednesday was our biggest traffic, share, and books sold day ever! Thanks to everyone who has supported our SLimBooks authors along the way. We are, together, accomplishing great things for the world.
We have some awesome books in the pipeline for this Spring. Stay tuned!
Here is an excerpt from a recent email conversation with a Venture Capitalist
Self-Publishing vs. SlimBooks vs. Big Publishers
E-Publishing is very easy, and the barriers are low for authors. Pretty much anyone can publish a book in the Kindle store. However, most self-published books sell virtually no copies (average of 62) - which basically represents your relatives and close friends who would feel guilty not buying your book on fly fishing. Self-published authors are ONLY successful if they already have a huge network to draw sales from (i.e. Seth Godin) or they are shameless self-promoters who hustle their way to 1,000 copies. Most great authors loathe having to be the salesman for the book they just wrote.
The Big Publishers on the other hand will ONLY bet on proven (or almost proven) best sellers. If they had their druthers, they would release 5 books each year that sell a trillion copies each. They have no incentive to publish a book because its good, or because the author has potential. They want big hits – NOW. Which eliminates the meritocracy that great content should thrive in given our digital, open source contexts.
Therefore, SlimBooks offers the possibility for quick, affordable publishing for authors that also validates them through a platform, instead of being 1 of 10,000 books released that day in the Kindle store – who all sell 62 copies. SlimBooks releases 3 original SlimBooks each month to our growing fan base of readers who want shorter books that they can actually finish. As we build our fan base of people who love the concept of SLimBooks and go to us to fill a need (I.e. I have a flight to Atlanta this week, I’m going to go get a SLimBook).
Hope you had an awesome new year and have started strong on all your new year’s resolutions. I’ve committed to do more pushups than Kevin every day this year. So, far he has done none. And I have done one each day. So, I’m feeling pretty good about myself.
Here is the short jist on three new SlimBooks in development:
Believing is Seeing - A SlimBook by Laura Lawson, an extremely talented photographer/artist who found out a couple years ago that she is losing her eyesight. This SlimBook is her memoir about her processing and journey. Powerful perspective.
Startup Lessons Learned - A SlimBook by Sean Callahan, co-founder of Plixi who just sold to Lockerz earlier this year for $10MM exit. Sean offers fresh perspective on the current startup landscape, and the basic things that every new entrepreneur should know about building a successful business. Priceless, proven advice.
Indralas, Part 2 - A SlimBook by Bridgette Conrow, author of Indralas, Part 1 - a compelling young adult fantasy fiction series that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Bridgette draws you in with her descriptive, emotive writing style and her irresistible characters.
You’re going to love them. We are are so proud of them. We plan to release them in a few weeks.
Casey, co-founder of SlimBooks
I set up Fair Observer because I wanted to create a truly global discourse. I wanted perspectives from across borders and disciplines about things that matter to us as citizens of the world. Why is something happening and not what is happening was the key question that I set out to answer. My goal for Fair Observer was that it would be a place where people would come to make sense of the world.