FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : January 3rd 2013
Of interest to editors and journalists covering: Book publishing, self publishing, vanity publishing, how to get published, how to contact literary agents.
BOOK SUBMIT CLOSES DOWN
), a Book-Submission website for Authors and Literary Agents will close down after 18 months of activity. The website allowed authors to list their books on-line in a searchable database of new submissions. Literary agents could then search the book database by keyword or genre to find submissions in the genres that they were interested in.
Peter Scott (Managing Director of Book-Submit) says, "The main reason for the closure of the system is that the Literary Agents that we targeted were not interested in becoming involved with an automated book submission service. Our marketing strategy relied on Agents becoming involved and promoting the site for us. As a result of this, we were not able to attract sufficient numbers of authors to the system in order to reach a 'critical mass' of users and thus make the system profitable. Over the 18 months that we were in operation the revenues from the Book-Submit subscription system were not sufficient to cover the operating costs of the website; and now that our 12 months trial period has completed we have decided to close down the operation."
He goes on to say, "We have had a great deal of support from hundreds of authors and we thank all participants for giving our system a tryout."
MESSAGE TO BOOK-SUBMIT MEMBERS
The Book-Submit web site will not be accepting any new submissions as from today. (January 3rd 2013) However, a final submission of all books on the system will be sent to Literary Agents at the end of January 2013.
All user accounts will be closed today and all user data will be destroyed. Your data will not be passed on to any third parties.
Once again we would like to thank all authors who gave the system a try.
The Book-Submit website was the brainchild of veteran software developer Peter Scott. Peter has over 30 years experience in the IT sector and has been responsible for developing a number of specialised computer systems in the automotive industry. He has worked on projects with the Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Unipart and other major parts distributors and manufacturers. His programming experience goes back over 30 years to the early days of personal computing, using BASIC and assembler programming. He has also been directly involved with the roll out and ongoing marketing of two market leading national computer systems. Peter is married with two children.