The first point to address, I suppose, is the why of it. What are my motives behind the venture? As you’ll learn if you read on, it ain’t for monetary gain, that’s for sure. No, there are two aims: one altruistic, the other slightly less so. The altruistic aim is to give a helping hand to regular McStorytellers who would like their work published, but who haven’t yet found a conventional publisher to do that for them and who are either unwilling or unable to go down the self-publishing route. The less altruistic aim is to use the publications as a means to promote the McStorytellers site.
Then there’s the what of it. What exactly do I do for those authors? In short, I use Amazon’s free resources to publish their books, in each case producing a paperback version through CreateSpace and a Kindle version (or McKindle) through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). I format their manuscripts ready for publishing. And I supply book covers and blurbs if they don’t already have these. I do a wee bit of promotion when the books are first published. Then it’s entirely up to the individual authors to promote their own books.
Aye, but what about the prices? I hear you ask. Well, these are set at the lowest levels allowed by CreateSpace and KDP, making sales virtually royalty-free. With no money changing hands, there’s no attendant hassle. The process can also be very quick. For the latest publication, for example, the time elapsed between me receiving the manuscript and the finished product becoming available in Amazon’s stores worldwide was just less than a week. I couldn’t promise to meet that timescale every time, but you get the idea.
And, of course, there are the authors themselves. Who are the McStorytellers whose work has been getting published? There are half a dozen so far. Here are a few words about each of them.
So that’s the McStorytellers publishing story so far. It’s a quiet wee revolution. There are no fanfares. There’s no blog-hopping. No guest blogging. No hassle. No bullshit. Just a way of enabling a bunch of good authors to get their books into print and onto ereader screens.