A Better Way to Publish: Follow Bookscription

Nineteenth-century writers such as Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, and Leo Tolstoy knew the appeal and value of publishing classic novels in installments, such as Pickwick Papers, Count of Monte Cristoeven War and Peace on the pages of popular magazines. After all, Dickens’ hit title Great Expectations can also describe the mood of loyal fans eagerly awaiting the next chapter in his latest book. This literary involvement is worthwhile in the pages produced.

Now, a similar serialized publishing model appears on the web, provided by the Bookscription website, a service of the Booknet website. As CEO Sergiy Grushko puts it, “Bookscription is a one-time fee for books that are still in the author’s creative process. Readers can access chapters and episodes that are being written and published, as well as author blogs. Essentially, this allows A fan of an author becomes a paid follower of a book.”

This model allows authors to monetize books from the start, giving readers paid access to books as they write. After selling books through Bookscription – 99% of completed books are sold at a flat price – they can be published in print or audio – even on Amazon.

One of the many benefits of Booknet is that authors have a landing page with their books, blogs, and subscribers. The author blog is also a place where readers can have lively discussions about plot development. “We encourage readers to comment extensively and authors to respond to reader comments,” Grushko said. “The author asks the reader what they think of the book cover, which characters should be added, and clarifies what the reader thinks about the story points.” This increases the emotional engagement of Bookscribers with the work — and their connection to the author. Readers receive notifications from Booknet, alerting them when their favorite authors post blogs, add new chapters, plan new books, and more. This socialization of the first publication — readers interacting with authors and each other — is another benefit unique to Bookscription.

“It’s this process — when readers experience firsthand how an author writes and publishes a book — that differentiates Booknet from your average online bookstore,” Grushko said. “Sometimes authors themselves aren’t sure how a story will end, and their interactions with fans help guide those decisions.”

Grushko also noted that, unlike Amazon, Booknet can list many more reader reviews on the site, often in the hundreds or even thousands. “For example,” he said, “Queen, written by one of our Spanish-speaking writers, Eva Muñoz, has garnered over 76,000 reader reviews. “

Authors still control the process, setting their own Bookscription prices. On the English-language section of the site, Grushko says books sell for between $1.50 and $3.50. Authors usually choose the length of their serialized fragments based on their convenience. “Our main recommendation for authors is to publish new chapters regularly,” Glushko said. “People who enjoy reading books ‘in the process of writing’ want to receive regular updates on the book, ideally often, even if it’s just a small portion.” Once the book is complete, it will be available on Booknet as a full form for sale.

This year, Ukrainian company Booknet sold its most successful division, Litnet, a Russian-language service that sold more than 16 million ebooks in 2021. The company is currently focused on developing its Latin American and Ukrainian markets and its ventures into the English-speaking sector.

As for the types of readers the Bookscription model appeals to, Glushko said: “Our Spanish-language list is the largest, and it’s mostly romance novels. Romance novels are also leading the English-language market, but we want to start focusing on fantasy novels, Maybe young people and science fiction.”

To that end, Booknet provides authors with a robust FAQ page, produces instructional videos, and sponsors writing contests, many with publishers, and some with cash prizes. “There are also competitions run by groups of literature lovers,” Glushko said. “Some contests are organized by our writers themselves; for example, last December our writers independently organized the Christmas Story Contest.” Other contests include popular topics such as “Forbidden Love,” “Moon Bondage,” or Werewolf Stories, “Campus Love” and “Small Town, Big Story”.

Ultimately, Booknet is like a literary YouTube, Grushko said. “YouTube provides creators with a video upload platform and tools to understand how their videos engage with their audiences,” he said. “But it’s all up to the makers themselves, how much interesting content they can produce. The same goes for Booknet. We can explain how some of our platform’s tools work, but it’s mostly the author’s ability to write interesting books.” is worth it.


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