Brilliant!! The ILLUMINATION ecosystem is a great example of not only of supportive collaboration but also of sustainable business models for all involved, including authors, writers, publishers, and editors.
I think what I’m still looking for from ILLUMINATION is a clear connection to sales. As you’ve mentioned, Dr Mehmet Yildiz, we cannot count on these platforms to maintain connections to our audience (thus the need for email, for example). But we also cannot rely on these platforms for income. They change their business models and operations all the time, so it’s just not sustainable or reliable for us.
What are some ideas for generating our own sales and recurring revenue streams (especially for writers who haven’t yet published any books)?
Also, can you share some efficient ways to self-publish books online (e.g. ebooks, kindle, etc)? There’s no shortage of software and how-to guides these days, but I’ve yet to find any straightforward (efficient) examples that I could personally emulate in a timely manner.
Also, as publishing is not (generally) a one-person job, how can we collaborate and support each other in developing (e.g. organizing, editing), publishing, and selling books? (I’m also interested in developing online courses, but I’d need a dedicated team).
Does ILLUMINATION have any interest in becoming a book publisher and/or course developer? Would we have enough volunteers to serve in editorial and adminstrative roles to get operations running quickly?
(I imagine that if we got a volunteer model to work AND came up with a clear vision for monetization, then I know we could get some interest from Angel investors to help with initial operational costs. If we wanted to go the nonprofit route, there are definitely federal and private sourced we could tap, along with major and grassroots donations from individuals. However, so as not to be overly dependent on external contributions, the key success indicator would be some sort of plan for self-sustaining enterprise).
I’m very interested in sustainable business development for social entrepreneurship and would love to support ILLUMINATION’s growth and monetization efforts (pending enough volunteers willing and available to help out with management and administration in the startup phase).