*Note (September 11, 2012): We are currently not accepting authors for the fall, but anyone interested in putting their book on Libboo should email email@example.com since we may re-open submissions in the future. We encourage authors to sign up to be a buzzer for our pilot since it helps them build their brand, increase their social influence, and start building connections with other authors and potential fans.
We’ve been getting a few emails from authors wanting to know more about the pilot and Libboo in general so we’ve put together this FAQ for you guys:
1. What is Libboo?
Libboo is a web community of authors and their fans dedicated to creating the next digital bestseller, with partners and supporters ranging from TechStars to the BBC and major publishers like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. At Libboo we help authors, whether they have a traditional publishing deal or have self-published, increase their chance of success by pairing their books with the correct buzzers. A buzzer is someone who has influence and who, most importantly, is passionate about sharing the books they love.
Libboo offers a way for talented authors to publish to Amazon and Barnes & Noble at the click of a button, and then interact directly with their fans to identify their most influential buzzers. Readers and buzzers, on the other hand, get early and exclusive access to upcoming talented authors and are recognized and rewarded for bringing that talented author to the universe.
2. What is the Libboo Pilot?
The Libboo pilot is a three (3) month program aimed at helping authors become discovered, increase their influence and improve book sales through the use of Libboo’s patent pending technology.
When the pilot launches we will match buzzers with books they will love and want to share. These buzzers will then be encouraged and rewarded for sharing those books. Authors will be able to see who their most effective promoters are and contact them directly.
3. What kind of independent authors and books are you seeking for the pilot?
We are seeking authors who have a finished manuscript that is ready for immediate publication. This means that it has already been edited, proofread, and has a cover. We are also seeking authors who have already published independently and are currently selling through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other digital stores. We are mostly interested in commercial non-fiction and fiction in any genre.
4. As an independent author, what can the Libboo pilot do for me?
By registering, you become part of a select group of authors that will experience, test, help shape and benefit from Libboo’s new technology. We will pair your book with the right buzzers to increase its visibility and your chance of success, and then give you the tools to interact directly with your greatest buzzers. We want you to sell more books, become discovered and increase your influence in a fun, easy and engaging way.
5. What format should my manuscript be in?
We prefer manuscripts in epub format, but we will accept mobi files as well. If your manuscript is not already in epub format, there are various services and free tools available that you can use to convert to epub. We recommend Calibre, a free software that supports the conversion of documents to epub and other formats. Sigil is another free software that enables authors to convert and edit epub files.
6. My book is currently for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or other digital stores, what will I need to do to take part in the pilot program? Should I consider republishing and distributing through Libboo?
To participate in the program without republishing, please visit your author page on Amazon KDP or Barnes & Noble PubIt!, find the book on your “bookshelf” and download the converted mobi or epub file. You will then need to send this file to Fernando Albertorio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are, however, advantages to republishing and distributing through Libboo. Publishing a “Libboo Edition” allows you to maintain your published book on KDP and allows you to compare how both versions of the book are doing, and see the effectiveness of Libboo’s process. If you are interested in publishing a “Libboo Edition” of your book, please contact Fernando at email@example.com, and he will walk you through the process.
7. What will it cost me to be part of the pilot? Is there a contract with Libboo? Can I leave at anytime?
All of the services that Libboo provides are available at no upfront costs. Authors retain their copyright and there are no exclusivity contracts. You can opt out of the pilot at anytime.
8. When does the pilot program begin?
The pilot program begins in the Fall. Authors must register and submit their book manuscript to Fernando Albertorio (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 3 weeks prior to the launch of the program.
9. What happens after the pilot?
Authors will be notified 2 weeks (14 days) prior to the end of the pilot program and receive detailed information regarding Libboo’s post-pilot terms and conditions. Authors can then choose to opt out or continue with Libboo.
10. How do I register and join the pilot?