Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Michael. It's a great pleasure to be on The Cult of Me. But, even more important, is that you are enjoying ThirdScribe and using it to grow your audience and connect with fans of your work. And that really is what ThirdScribe is about -- bringing readers and writers closer together.
What is ThirdScribe?
ThirdScribe is a turnkey web platform for authors -- more than a social network, website template, plugin, or custom post type. It is a complete service that provides authors with everything they need to not only better connect with their existing readers, but find new ones as well. Authors can have a website, book listing, forums for their books, ratings, reviews, an eNewsletter service, and a dedicated social network. Even better, everything is linked together, so information flows freely from one aspect to the next. And, since we know some authors already have services they prefer, nearly everything in ThirdScribe is made to interact with other vendors and platforms. We tried to make it as powerful, and as flexible, as possible to meet every author's needs.
Why We Made It
ThirdScribe grew out of frustration, actually, which I guess a lot of businesses do. I wasn't thrilled with the social interaction of GoodReads, and I didn't feel that comfortable discussing books in detail on Facebook. Plus, Facebook leaves authors kind of exposed -- separating personal and professional in a site where everything is all wrapped together can be tough. I wanted a place where readers and authors could be free to communicate, books would be the showpiece, and that everything would be easy to find. I couldn't really find that anywhere, so I set about making it. But, we didn't want to just make a GR or Facebook clone. It had to provide real value, beyond just social interaction. In talking with authors, it seemed their biggest challenge, what they most needed help with, was marketing their books. I had been reading the Cluetrain Manifesto and Doc Searle's The Intention Economy and was really struck by the notion of markets as conversations. I decided that ThirdScribe wouldn't be driven by advertising, but would instead focus on engagement. At ThirdScribe, we want readers and authors to talk, to genuinely connect, online. I believe that by really put our effort into that concept, everyone - readers, authors, and publishers - would benefit. My partners and I call it "social commerce." ThirdScribe is a place where the best way for authors to market their books is to actually engage with their fans. The system is designed to reward engagement, something we've found to be much more effective -- not to mention enjoyable! - than advertising and robo-tweets. And, while it's still pretty early, engagement is definitely working. The authors that respond to comments and participate in forums are selling books. And the readers seem much happier and more fulfilled by the honest and open discussions. It's been a win-win so far.
How It Works
Come and See Us
ThirdScribe and the ThirdScribe Author Sites were built from the beginning to work just as well on mobile as they do on larger screens, so whether you want to access us from your laptop, your tablet, or your phone, it should be a very positive experience -- so swing on by. You don't need to be a member to see what's happening around the site, but you do need to join to participate. Membership is free, so no worries. An Author Website and access to all of the author tools is a premium service, but very affordable. So, if you're an Author looking for an easy to use, complete platform for your social marketing, give us a look. And if you're a Reader who's looking for a more intimate book experience than you're finding elsewhere, come and join us -- we'd love to have you.