Discussion Board

Topic: Publishing Startup

From: Richard Billings
Location: United States
Date: 03/08/2013

My name is Richard Billings, founder of Screwpulp. We are working to break down many of the barriers associated with the traditional publishing model and add value to the new trend in self-publishing. We've developed a new dynamic pricing model that is reader driven. We begin our process by giving away the initial copies of any new book in exchange for a social media mention and the promise of a star rating and/or review. After this initial offering we gradually raise the price as the book becomes more popular. By using this approach we hope to give early adopters a clear indication of the quality of any new book's content and build confidence in the book and the author's brand. This low overhead model allows the author to retain 75% of all book sales. We have also developed a process that allows authors to receive professional editing and cover design services with no upfront fees.

We have built our team and have been accepted into the Seed Hatchery 90 day startup accelerator program. We are currently doing our customer discovery and would love to speak with you and any other writers. Our goal is to make it easier than ever before for authors to publish, market, and profit from their work while at the same time allowing readers to control quality.

You can read some of our recent press below:


This is a basic overview but, I would love to talk with you in greater detail.

Thank you for your time,

Richard Billings

Founder/Idea Geek
Screwpulp Publishing

Re: Publishing Startup

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/03/2013

Good luck with the startup, Richard! I've been saying for years that the new publishing startups contain the seeds for an entirely new cycle of publishing. Maybe you'll be the ones to do it!

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