The Uberization of publishing?

Not too long ago one of my works was accepted into Booktrope. Needless to say, I’m really pleased.

Bootktrope works differently from conventional publishers in precisely the same way that Uber differs from cab companies. Instead of a central controlling authority who schedules everything, Booktrope uses a cooperative control model. Authors, book managers, editors, proofreaders, cover designers, and all the various parts of taking a book from a draft to a publication that someone would actually purchase. Instead of the publisher, or in the case of an indie the author, putting up the funds and contracting what are in essence employees to do the work, the booktrope model has them work as a team for a percentage of the return. It spreads the risks and the returns.

Like Uber, Booktrope makes its money by coordinating the parts.

In some ways I think the method is a better fit for publishing than driving.

Author: Amelia

A mild-mannered professor of computer science in real-life, I remove my glasses in the evening to become, well, a mild-mannered author in my alternate reality. I mostly write sweet romantic fiction, although with an occasional science-fiction or paranormal angle thrown in. I have interests in history, mathematics (D'oh), and cryptography. I'm also something of an Anglophile, and know that country pretty well. In addition to writing, research, and more writing, I volunteer with the scouts. I'm something of a nature-nut, enjoying long walks in the country with almost ultra-light gear, boating, and identifying wildlife.

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