To writers of fiction and nonfiction alike, TechCrunch editor John Biggs has this to say: “I’m looking for things I love.” Biggs, who has written reams on the intersection of book publishing and tech, recently launched an imprint on Inkshares called Ray Bridge Press. Ray Bridge Press is the second Inkshares imprint led by an individual.
Biggs is looking to champion a variety of writers, including authors of young adult fiction, adult sci-fi/fantasy/literary fiction, and exciting non-fiction and business books. An author as well, Biggs has written multiple indie titles, including Marie Antoinette’s Watch and Mytro. Interested authors can pitch their books as Inkshares projects to him directly at his profile.
Mixing crowdfunding and books/publishing has, it’s true, been a bit of tricky combo to hack. At the end of last month, Contributoria, a site designed to crowdfund journalism projects and a venture of the Guardian Group, announced it would shut down. It wasn’t unexpected, according to All Digitocracy, which notes,
Contributors’ staff had a pattern of not addressing concerns of writers and were not transparent in their management.
However, the Inkshares team’s diverse set of skills and experience–including traditional book publishing, platform and product design, and securities law and finance–is promising, as is Biggs’ resume, which includes a former editor-in-chief position at Gizmodo.com, in addition to writing for New York Times, InSync, USA Weekend and Popular Mechanics, among other publications. John Biggs may have a new descriptor to add to his profile (“Reader, Writer, Maker”): “Inkshares Success.”
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