Leslie and I first conceived of what would eventually become Compulsion Reads over two years ago. We were two self-published authors looking for some sort of quality standard to help distinguish our novels from the massive flood of books hitting the market. Our search led us to a startling conclusion. No one was endorsing self-published books based on a standard set of criteria.
We started talking and hatching. The result would become Compulsion Reads, a quality endorsement for indie and self-published books that met a basic quality standard. When Leslie and I first rolled out our idea, we had no idea of the reception that we would receive, but were thrilled that it was mostly positive. Books started flowing in, and we got to meet many amazing, talented, hard-working and creative self-published and indie authors. The need is clear. Business is good, but…
It’s Time For Us To Say Goodbye
Our plan for Compulsion Reads was good, perhaps a little too good. After two years of reading furiously, writing reviews, blogging, attending events, posting on Facebook and constantly thinking about how to continue to support our authors, Leslie and I are feeling the strain. Somewhere in our efforts to grow Compulsion Reads, our own writing began to suffer.
As much as we both love Compulsion Reads, our first love and first obligation has always been to our own writing. With this in mind, we have decided to close the doors of Compulsion Reads effective February 1, 2014.
We Pledge To Take Care of Our Endorsed Authors
We are very sensitive to the fact that each one of our endorsed authors paid us for an evaluation and the opportunity to earn our endorsement. As such, we want to maintain the value of the Compulsion Reads Endorsement and continue to support our endorsed authors for as long as possible. With that in mind, here is what we plan to do for our endorsed authors:
- Ads For Endorsed Books: To make sure our most recently endorsed authors still receive the benefits we promised, we will continue our online reader advertising campaign throughout February and March. The sole purpose of this campaign is to draw likely readers to our Endorsed Books Library so they can discover the wonderful books we have endorsed.
- Reviews Will Stay Up: Our accounts on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and IDreamBooks will remain active, so your reviews will stay up on those sites.
- The Website Will Live On! We will keep a smaller version of our website with our full Endorsed Books Library up for three months until April 30, 2014, so you can continue to receive that important visibility. After April 30th we will switch to a simple landing page that explains what the Compulsion Reads Endorsement is and includes a list of all our endorsed books. This landing page will also include a link to your book’s Amazon page to help promote sales.
- The Compulsion Reads Seal, Badge and Review: Authors are free to keep the Compulsion Reads Endorsement Seal on their endorsed book covers as a testament to the quality of their writing. You are also free to quote any or all of your Compulsion Reads review on your book, website, social media pages, etc… You may also keep our endorsement web badge on your website or social media page.
Leslie and I care deeply about our authors, and the decision to close our doors was not an easy one. We hope that you will understand how much work and effort went into this company. It was never about making money and always about trying to promote great new books and the authors behind them. After over 200 submissions and 100 endorsed books, we believe we have made an impact in the publishing world and given readers an easy way to discover quality self-published books. We are also excited to find that a few other companies are now offering quality endorsements. Others are seeing the need and trying to fill the gap.
In parting, we wish all of you the very best in your writing and publishing careers. You are all rock stars! The fact that you would submit your books for endorsement proves that are willing to invest in making your book a success. I know we’ll be seeing many of you on the bestseller lists in the future, if you aren’t already there!
If you have any questions about this transition, please let us know. We will be checking email for the next month until February 28, 2014.