Introducing a fun new writer’s resource: A community of beta readersPosted on Mar 24, 2011 | 8 comments
Hello, writerly friends. This is Emlyn, and there’s a great new writing resource that I just had to share with you. I’ve asked its director to take a moment to share this with you. I hope you enjoy it!
This is a guest post by Adam Charles
Are you an aspiring author looking to upload your work, start or continue to build your readership, sell your books online, join a community of like-minded people, connect with readers looking for new stories, receive feedback to help you prove and improve your writing? If the answer to this question is yes then iWriteReadRate is here to help you in your quest, to support you on your journey, and to give you a place to call your own. We’re writers just like you, so everything we’re doing is with your best interests at heart. We’re here to help you navigate the waters of eBook publishing successfully.
Introduction to iWriteReadRate.com
We’re launching a new website during April that will enable writers to upload free of charge, sell, and receive valuable feedback on their work direct from their readers. Our core objective is to create a dynamic, constructive, and supportive community of writers and readers of all kinds. It’s about building a democratic and open platform for writers to find their audience to prove and improve their work; but also for readers looking for a wide choice of eBooks- enabling them to interact with authors directly.
About me and iWriteReadRate
My own personal story as an unpublished writer is very much intertwined with The Story of iWriteReadRate. In fact, it is because of my trials and tribulations that the very idea for our new website was born. I’m a life long lover of literature, writing, and all things creative. So in launching our website it is my intention to help other writers and readers discover, interact, and get to know each other in a friendly environment. We believe this is a new dynamic in the writing experience and the relationship between those who have created the work and those who consume it.
A Quick Overview
We’ve thought hard about what features we’d want from our website – as writers and readers ourselves – and tried to pack in as much as we can from the beginning. The site will undoubtedly evolve over time, but we think we’ve got a great basis to develop our offering for indie authors and inquisitive readers even further in the future.
From the beginning, writers will be able to upload five different lengths of work; set a price from a number of options based on the length; receive multiple levels of ratings/reviews; and create an invaluable interaction with their readership.
Readers will be able to read a Writer Bio, eBook Synopsis and Preview for free, and will only be charged to download the full document in PDF or ePub format (Mobi coming later). These eBook formats will mean that downloads are compatible with the vast majority of eReaders, tablets, and smart-phones.
The eBook Revolution
There’s a great deal in the media at present about Indie Publishing, and we’re extremely positive and optimistic about the future for aspiring authors and writers of all kinds. The rise of motivated, dedicated, and enthusiastic writers, making their own path to improve their work, find their market and grow their own platforms, is an exciting one. Our website is designed with these objectives at the core of what we are doing.
I believe that most writers out there, as long as their work is well written, edited, and presented, will find an enthusiastic audience in the brave new world of eLiterature – it’s simply a matter of finding them. The Internet offers great scope and scale to do just that. Take a look at our recent Blog post on my further thoughts about The eBook Revolution.
We think that one of the most exciting opportunities the uptake of eBooks enables, is a democratization of what is determined to be a successful book, and that the fundamental connectedness of the Internet for the distribution of literary work can only further enhance and enrich The Social Experience of Reading.
Building the Community
Our website also offers advice, support, and connects like-minded writers, readers and literary professionals for the benefit of all of our registered iWriteReadRaters. During the development phase we’ve been growing our contacts and building some useful advice for our members. We interviewed Emlyn this month and we’ve also completed an interview with a Literary Consultant. In addition to this we posted a short Blog article about the importance of self-editing for all writers when sending their work out into the world to be read.
We’re very keen to continue supporting our members, and growing the advice we provide. We will do this through engaging further with experts and feeding their knowledge back to you through our Blog and social networks.
It can be daunting to be an aspiring author. Ultimately iWriteReadRate is here to help you progress and develop your passion for literature; to give you an interactive platform for your hard work and ideas.
We think there are a myriad of reasons to join us and use iWriteReadRate, and that everyone will find something that appeals to them. We’re incredibly excited and enthusiastic about the upcoming launch phases, and would be delighted if you joined us from the beginning of this new community of writers and readers.
We’re launching the Beta website during April, and anyone who has pre-registered will be able to upload their work during this phase. Once we have completed Beta testing, we’ll open up the final build of the website for the full launch.
Register for Beta access to our website and to enter our competition to win a Sony Pocket Digital PRS-350 eReader.
Visit us today and register on our website: iWriteReadRate.com