About, a year and a half ago team of 2 simpleton writing enthusiasts thought of curating a platform that becomes an end to end solution for authors to publish, market, sell and scale their books online.
The idea was so non convoluted and unthoughtful that, “We will be the WordPress of book publishing”, were the exclamations we used to make jovially at our brainstorming sessions.
We are scaling now and we are scaling huge. From organizing a workshop for authors wherein, they were prompt to be the part of an extempore short story writing competition, which became “Fastest Book Ever Made- Collection of Short Stories from a Workshop” to publishing 4 books in all, we have come a long way and still more sprints needed.
Sure, but who will read eBooks?
India is still in its baby steps towards the transition of technological medium such as eBooks, but we are getting there and Voice Verso really wanted to be the flag bearer for that. 96% of the market of Indian bibliophiles rely on Paperbacks and there is no denying on this fact. But, those other 4% are influencing the book market in a huge way. Plus, with eBooks and services used with Voice Verso, authors can sell their content globally without restrictions. An author writing a romance in India would be made available for readers in UK or an author writing the plight of Syrian War from India, would be made available in Syria too, such is the power of eBooks. Simple, yet efficient! And,who said we won’t get into paperbacks. Well, we will! Just a matter of time.
Is Publishing with Voice Verso FREE?
Damn right, it is! We believe costing upfront payment packages is demotivating to the service of the art that we are for. So, we draw volatile royalties based on the premium services chosen by authors. The offered plans are –
Our babies that shined like diamonds and are making their mark to global reading diaspora are –
Let’s build an ebook publishing revolution together.
On 31st July 2016 around 12pm(IST), Voice Verso released its private beta for its privilege authors who would love to try the revolutionary DIY(Do it Yourself) book writing and publishing tool. To our overwhelming disbelief, around 25 authors signed up in just 24 hours of the release, to prove us that we are on a right track.
Since, then we are growing with a moderate speed of eminent writers, with the tally reaching up to 75 authors.
The Daily Active Writers(DAW) which is one of the key metrics to our growth is around 45 and we intent to increase that more and more.
After 1 month of our launch(i.e. – 31st August 2016), we released a new feature, wherein photographers, fashion blogger, visual storytellers, etc. can create their visual anthologies and portfolios using our revolutionary page by page image uploading option.
Voice Verso is first of its kind DIY(Do it Yourself) book writing, publishing and selling too. It is an end to end solution for budding authors to turn out to be best-selling authors. The product have been designed keeping in mind the craftsmanship of artists, poets, storytellers etc. to create their book page by page using our propitiatory “Drag and Drop book turning and 3D book modeling tool”. This way the writers fell as if they are writing and creating their own book, thereby making us a truly indie publishing platform. It takes out the boring cluttered manuscript and age-old Microsoft Word writing practices and gives a feel to the authors as if they are truly interacting with their content.
Page by Page making your own book.
What we intend to do?
Our future goals is to make every budding author, who ever have dreamed of publishing their books; a best seller. Our goal for coming 6 months is to publish the books of 100+ authors and make them sell it online. With the positive acceptance of the ecosystem all around, I see that we will hit our benchmark real soon. There are 120 million authors that goes unnoticed every year. Even, J K Rowling rejected 20 times, only to get her first Harry Potter . We want to cut this lag time for authors, so that they accelerate the book publishing process faster and better.
1) Multiple Books management system
Facing a writer’s block already with the first manuscript? No worries, you can publish multiple books. And, you have the access of all of them at one single place.
Your personalized multiple books management system.
2) You can publish unlimited eBooks FREE.
Publishing eBooks demands no costing from Voice Verso. Even, publishing paperbacks too. 😀 You will get to see this in my last section.
3) Chose a befitting Genre for your Book
From sci-fi to romance, from short stories to poems, from kindergarten to academics , from article anthologies to business and corporate books and from photography portfolios to modeling shoots. Publish anything under the sun and assign your befitting genre.
4) Targeted readership and data visualization to track/sell your books to them
Which Facebook page of which demographic from what country, from what city, from what gender, from what age group and from what reading habits is interested in buying your book? Target that and generate sales per copy. So, that you don’t have to waste time marketing it door to door. You can all do this by Voice Verso’s Smart Targeted book readership recommendations and data visualization real-time tracking tool.
5) Buy/Sell books on Voice Verso e-commerce and promote too.-
You can buy and sell your books on Voice Verso e-commerce and you can promote your titles on other retailers like Flipkart, Amazon, Kindle , iBook store etc. And, best part is you can do this all FREE.
6) In line book editing
You can select editors for per page or multiple pages editing as in when you need to do so. Your DIY book will be co shared with the editor of your choice and then you can give them privileges to edit your book. Furthermore, you can keep tabs of the editing first hand. This avoids hassle and communication lags between authors and editors.
7) No Cash upfront
Remember at point 3, I told you that you can publish both eBooks and Paperbacks free? Yes, you heard it right. We at Voice Verso, understand that, authors may not have enough economics to support their book publishing, editing , marketing and selling endeavors. So, we do not demand any cash. However, for using premium services we demand meager royalty ranging from 0% to 50%. Wait, did I just say – “0%”? Yes, you heard it right, there is a plan in the tool(which is least) which helps authors to publish and sell their books by keeping up 100% royalty. How cool is that?
8) Book Publishing houses aggregation
This is our futuristic attempt. We are in talks with some good old and famous traditional publishing houses to collaborate with us. Using our tool, if your book performs real well or you become our premium author, you will get a chance to choose your favorite book publishing house with your negotiable royalties and you can publish your book with them too. Told you, truly a best-selling deal here!
Voice Verso is making an end to end all round authors and readers marketplace. With our refined iterations with tech, we want to offer best possible book writing, publishing, editing, marketing and selling experience to our authors. We are hopeful to serve the author community in best of their interests. Keeping that in mind , we have kept the platform an “invite only” deal. Meaning, only privilege writers, poets, authors etc. who are serious enough to publish their books can try and receive the fruits of our tech. We are adamant to do so, to keep up content and publishing quality. However, we are excited to make platform live for all very soon.
Next Up! –
What we have in plans for next 100 days is to give multiple freemium templates and marketplace of editors to make your book publishing a boost. Do keep in touch with us on the same as the new update is releasing soon.
Meanwhile, for all those who’ve already started, I urge them to keep writing your book, page by page everyday. You may never know, you will see new surprises for your good every day. 🙂