Friday, October 09, 2009

FastPencil in the News

We have been surfing this wave of publishing industry disruption for a year now and it's starting to get exciting. This morning the San Jose Mercury News had us on the front page. The Santa Cruz Sentinel picked up the story on their site, too.

But the most exciting thing is how the media is starting to understand what we are all about. This article was very close, but they said we focus on the paper book, not e-books. FastPencil actually makes it possible for an author to get their book in ANY format, paper or electronic, without having to jump through hoops. One click and we can make your book available as paperback, hardcover, Kindle, e-book, iPhone, and more.

That's the amazing thing about FastPencil, write once and publish anywhere! Our motto is "Your book, no boundaries" and FastPencil is the only place where you can make that dream come true with just a few clicks.

Come to FastPencil to connect, write, publish and sell your book. It's your dream, don't let anything get in your way.

1 comment: said...

Fast Pencil came to my attention in September, through a Santa Cruz Geek. I'm a longtime freelance book editor, and I've also served as a contract advisor for many years. Talking with Erik Schmidt, JD left me with a positive impression about your startup. It was great to see that Fast Pencil has someone on board whose law studies focused on copyright, cyberlaw, open source licensing, privacy law, and Internet policy.

I have already suggested to one client that she consider Fast Pencil as an option; her memoir is a valuable contribution to the literature on 20th century British social history, and yet, traditional houses will turn it away because it’s unlikely to generate sufficient sales. Of course, as the Harris article pointed out, just because a book is first published online doesn’t mean it won’t achieve high sales, nor that it won’t still be picked up for publication by a traditional house.

While democratizing publishing is great, one thing that became clear when desktop publishing first came into vogue is important to keep in mind: any material can look great at a glance, with cool formatting and such. But of course, it’s only when you start reading that the value–or lack of value–becomes apparent. New publishing ventures will mean an increase in the volume of published work, but one thing won’t change: the cream will still rise to the surface.

So much in publishing has remained stagnant. It’s exciting to now have this new life in an old industry. Welcome, Fast Pencil!
--Mari Lynch Dehmler, Monterey