Tuesday, August 12, 2008

With WEbook, Writers Need Never Be Alone Again

Writing is a solitary business. The dedicated writer sits at his PC or MacBook or Underwood and types and types and types, heaving blood sweat and tears onto a page in hopes that there will be genius in the words and pages.

But with WEbook, writers need never be alone again. WEbook is a collaborative writers community where the budding scribe can post content, share it with friends, offer critiques, take criticism, and potentially be selected as the next WEbook published writer.

I must admit, I never expected to see the community principle get adopted by writers. The people that I know who are serious writers treat their words like babies, and the idea of community criticism would seem rather challenging to such a style. But of course the people at WEbook aren't allowing any zhlub to comment -- the community offers the writer controls on who and how their words are shared. Some will share broadly, others sparingly, but with broad sharing comes notoriety and recognition in the community, and with it the opportunity to become published.

And of course the spirit of writers is changing rapidly, and the idea of collaboration is really engrained in the next generation. And that, after all, is what WEbook is about.

Check out this from their web site:

WEbook is about you and User Generated Books

Let's face it: The traditional process for publishing a book is a lot like ivy-league school admission. Sooner or later, you'll find yourself brownnosing a guy with elbow patches. And then there's the endless waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

That is, until recently. What changed? Well, now there's WEbook, a ground-breaking online resource for aspiring authors, which lets you take charge of your own destiny. This avant-garde book publishing company applies an interactive approach to the process - in every sense of the word - by using the Internet as a platform to connect truly brilliant writers to print publication. Think of us as a virtual studio lounge for writers, where self-professed literati like you can wax poetic about the finer points of writing and online book publishing, collaborate on project work, and provide valuable feedback to one another - all in real time through the power of the Internet. Best of all, if your contribution makes the cut, you won't have to spend a nickel to see your name in real, live print. Instead WEbook funds publication of the best books as printed books, eBooks, and other customized downloads. You and your collaborators share in royalties on book sales.

I poked around on the site and was impressed by both the functionality and the quality of interactions and commentary. This is a POSITIVE and helpful community, and by and large the writers accept the commentary in the same positive spirit in which it is given.

A winning idea. I like it a lot.

Thanks for reading, and don't forget to write.

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