Friday, 29 July 2011

Progress Update and Invitations

The 'official' launch date of September 1st 2011 looms ever closer - I say 'official' as obviously we're already up and jogging via this blog, Twitter (@b10track) and Facebook. However, the website is still in progress and therefore yet to go live, although it will in essence be a portal, connecting our presence elsewhere online to a single location.

More importantly, the website will include information about authors and their work, with purchase / download links. If you are a writer and would like to include your work on our website, contact us (email link etc. at end of post).

Needless to say, it would be nice to make a living out of all this hard work, notwithstanding that I awoke from a dream this morning where someone had posted very rude comments on here about the inclusion of advertising - a direct reflection of my own fear of 'selling out'. In justification (to myself and anyone else), the intention of Beaten Track is not to take money from authors (other than for directly purchased services), so other means of generating revenue are required. If you would like to advertise on our website, contact us (email link etc. at end of post).

Currently then, we are building bridges to like-minded individuals, organisations and independent authors, some of whom have a wealth of publishing experience, whilst others may only just be starting their journey down the beaten track. Please feel free to add / follow us wherever you may find us (links at end of post).

Our ethos is simple: writers should be free to write and publish without losing ownership of their work.

Another person's success does not necessarily come at the cost of our own - readers will always want books. It is only in the realm of traditional publishing that we are pitted against each other. Our independence is resistance, not to each other, but to the publishing industry.

If ideology isn't your thing, remember instead that as a community of independent writers, we are increasing our potential readership exponentially with every new writer that joins us. More readers = more money. Now how does that sound?

The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world.
~ Allen Ginsberg

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