My Start-Up Project
MyBookStore was a start-up project which I began in July 2018. It started as a school project and was inspired by a real-life problem which I witnessed several times.
The company was registered as a business from July 2018 until January 2019 and during the development, I managed to publish two great books. I worked with two extremely inspiring people in close collaboration in order to produce a result which will make all of us proud. And we did it. You can see the books below.
How did it start?
I close friend of mine wrote a book for her daughter and wanted to publish it since it was dealing with the relevant issue of accepting differences and overall respect amongst young children. However, she quickly found out that publishing a book can be an extremely exhausting and draining task which leaves the author with little to no profit in the end.
I had heard the same from other friends who wrote books and wanted to publish them so I decided to conduct proper research. It confirmed my hypothesis that publishing is unnecessarily complicated and authors do not receive the credit and profit they worked so hard for. Furthermore, authors usually didn’t get the creative freedom and control over how their book will look like in the end. Which I found ridiculous.
Here I Belong is the book which is the reason the idea for MyBookStore was born. It is also a project which was partially supported by the company in the late development of the marketing strategy.
MyBookStore started as a platform with a goal of providing authors with an accessible way to publish their books and keep the majority of the profit. I also wanted to work with authors in the closest way possible so that they get the control over the process and the assistance they need when it comes to the overwhelming amount of work needed to do before publishing a book.
Proofreading, styling, editing, cover design, page layout, marketing – all of those areas were hard to manage with just the author by him/herself so I wanted to create a platform which offers support in those areas leaving authors with the time and energy to focus on the writing.
MyBookStore began as a school project in April 2018. It received positive feedback and support so I launched the company in July and started working on a more professional and seriously dedicated level.
The company identified itself as a hybrid publishing – giving the creative freedom to authors and assisting with areas which they required help with. The company charged a fixed rate of hourly work in different areas and kept only 20% of the profit from sales made with the MyBookStore platform. It provided a cheap solution to a huge gap in the publishing field and left authors with a satisfying result and the majority of the profit.
She Used To Dye Her Hair Blue by Anne-Marier Kroupova
A collection of poems united under the concept of the struggles and emotional journeys of a person suffering from manic depression. Developed into several “acts” the poems are an emotional rollercoaster showcasing the talent of the author in a beautiful way.
I worked in close collaboration with Anne-Marie and assisted her with the design, layout, proofreading, and concept development to produce the final result.
The book is the first work under the name of MyBookStore and the best possible first step towards its goal.
I am still grateful to Anne-Marie for giving me the chance to prove myself and being the best partner anyone can wish for.
Just Remember by Majid Mondeh
Just when I thought things are going well for a start I got my second project with another extremely inspiring and talented author. Just Remember is a book which is a collection of short stories inspired by the life and experience of the author. They serve as powerful reminders about human capabilities and how our minds work. Going through various topics the book is incredibly powerful and gives the advice you never thought you needed to hear.
The process was another very close collaboration where I was mostly involved with the editing, proofreading, layout design, and concept development.
What happened next?
MyBookStore was active for six months and I was the only person actively involved in its development. Eike Einamann – the author of Here I Belong and the person who I developed the idea with was constantly assisting me with whatever I needed help with as well.
In January 2019 I had to close the company due to the laws and regulations in Denmark which made it impossible to support myself with just that business. I couldn’t maintain the company by myself and I didn’t have enough resources to hire a team which could support my activity.
Despite that the idea for MyBookStore, the values and goals are still very much alive and thriving. The huge gap in the publishing market is not filled in a way which makes book publishing a pleasure instead of a pain.
The concept is being developed in the background and the activity of the company will restart as soon as possible. It is a passion project which I will never leave behind.