Just before I published my first book, Exponential Happiness, my publisher, LeanPub, honored me with a feature on their podcast for authors. We had quite a long chat, but it is pretty interesting, if I may say so myself.
Len Epp is Leanpub’s co-founder. During his interview, we discussed:
The full transcript and shownotes can be found on the LeanPub Frontmatter Podcast website.
You can also listen to the full episode here:
LeanPub is a digital-first platform for authors to get published fast. By their own words:
Leanpub is the combination of two things: a powerful ebook and course writing platform, and an online storefront where you can buy our authors’ ebooks and courses.
When I was writing my first book, I saw two major challenges:
Any author should be more focused on the first point than on the second. With LeanPub, I found a way to keep m focus on my writing and not be stressed about delivering the final product.
By writing my book in markdown, a lightweight markup language with plain-text-formatting syntax, where simple things like
# make a heading and
**bold** makes the output bold, I was able to create documents which LeanPub could turn in to a published book. I even used bitbucket for version controlling of the book.
LeanPub generously offers their authors to take the reader-ready files to any outlet for sale without any claim of ownership. Of course you can buy the book on LeanPub in digital format, but I also could deliver the same files to Amazon for purchase there of both the paperback and Kindle editions.
Preview my new book now and learn how to:
Just let me know where to send it!