One of the most famous stories in Homer’s Odyssey is that of Ulysses encountering the sirens.
Upon his return home from the Trojan war, Ulysses stumbles upon the sirens – magical creatures of the sea, whose singing bewitches sailors and lures them to their deaths.
Ulysses, aware of the deadly nature of the their hypnotizing voices, instructs his men to plug their ears with beeswax and to tie him to the ship’s mast. As the ship approached the siren’s island, Ulysses becomes enchanted by their singing. He commands that his crew untie him, but his men, their ears full of beeswax, ignore the desperate please of their captain, rowing the boat to safety.
Unfortunately, that’s not quite how the story goes…
Ulysses did not anticipate the encounter with the sirens, nor did he think to plug his men’s ears with beeswax or tie himself to the mast. It was, in fact, the goddess Circe who warned Ulysses and suggested that if he wanted to listen, he would need to order his crew to plug their ears and bind him to the mast. The goddess even provided Ulysses with beeswax to plug his men’s ears.
The Importance of a Support System
In this story, the goddess Circe represents a supportive ally, someone who has your best interest at heart, someone who can help you become aware of your own limitations, of your own lack of willpower, and notice your blind spots.
And, let’s face it, writing a book and self-publishing it is just as treacherous as sailing past an island inhabited by beautiful and dangerous creatures.
A supportive ally or group of allies, that can take on the role of Circe, is one of the best things you can have with you when going through all the necessary steps towards releasing a book on the web.
This doesn’t relieve you of any responsibility, but rather makes it so that you are accountable to all those who provide you with their time and energy.
While you still need to execute, now you are more motivated than ever to do so.
This is what irevuo is all about: powering self-publishing through a community of independent writers from around the world, who can support one another through what most view as a terrifying process flow that requires a plethora of skills.
Writing is Lonely
Ten years ago I self-published my first novel. It was a messy affair, riddled with insecurities, countless failures, and a bitter aftertaste once the book was released on Amazon.
The reason for this?
All the skills that I had to acquire in order to release my novel. Writing was the easy part. But what about editing? Proofreading? Formatting the eBook, the paperback… designing a cover, marketing my books, writing an enticing book blurb…
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all that is required in order to self-publish a book. There are no gatekeepers, so “good enough” might feel like the norm, but it’s not.
The vast majority of self-published books fail. I failed. I only sold 4 copies during my first 4 months, even though I did my best.
That’s why I’ve always wanted to design a platform for independent writers, so they can achieve more with their titles.
But how does one do that?
First of all, let’s talk about content. The advice. Yes. That’s important. And, yes, that’s one aspect of what irevuo is all about. Providing creative entrepreneurs with the frameworks they need to write, edit, publish, and market their works.
But content is not enough. The best advice out there, it’s often not enough.
Because there are so many skills you must develop, it’s often a matter of properly calibrating your own taste against what works, so you can figure out what doesn’t work.
And that takes time. An awful lot of time.
That’s why irevuo has another element: the community.
From idea to published book, take advantage of a community of writers, editors, and indie publishing experts to assist you along the way.
Live workshops, brainstorming sessions, and a reimagined playground-community pair writers, editors, and experts to provide a powerful self-publishing framework.
Imagine that… asking for feedback on your cover and receiving valuable insights from book designers…
That’s what this platform of mine is all about.
Collaboration. Accountability. Feedback.
As a community of independent writers, editors, book designers, and marketing experts, we collaborate through writing, editing, workshops, peer groups, and personal partnerships. We each remain independent, yet supported by hundreds of creative entrepreneurs.
We look forward to welcoming new independent writers to co-author the future of self-publishing with us.
The library of content is currently in beta, with more frameworks and workflows being added every week.
The community will go live on June the 15h, and we will get to work right away, through live workshops and brainstorming sessions.
Now, for the tricky question… how much does this cost?
Well, for the first group of brave self publishers who want to take advantage of a community-powered workflow to improve their writing, editing, or marketing skills, there’s a one-time fee of just $19.
Yes, that’s true.
You don’t have to rely on professional editors (and pay them hundreds or thousands of dollars) or feedback from friends and family, which is, let’s face it, unreliable at best.
You can pay only $19 to get lifetime access to the content and the community.
This offer is valid until June 1st, at which time the price will increase to $29, and once the community goes live on June the 15th, the lifetime deal won’t be available anymore, and pricing will increase to $9/month or $70/year.
So, what do you say?
Do you want to join a community of indie writers, all working together to take advantage of the future of online publishing?
If the answer is yes, then all you have to do to get started is click this link here, and we’ll get you set up with your account within the next 24 hours.