Alexandria Labs is bringing books to blockchain and building creator tools for writers.We are currently in beta mode.If you are an author, artist, or simply want to try our tools, we invite you to get in touch.
Alexandria Labs Author FAQ
Why publish my writing as an NFT?
Ah, what a wonderful question! Alexandria Labs is built and advised by authors and publishing professionals, so we've created it with authors' interests top of mind.Authors gain:
- The largest portion of royalties (70-90% of revenue.)
- Access to additional revenue from secondary sales (with smart contracts, authors receive a percentage of the sale even on the secondary market.)
- Original cover art from our diverse team of artists.
- The flexibility of self-publishing with the access to marketing and distribution that self-publishing platforms don't provide.
- Opportunities to engage with readers in a deeper and more long-lasting way through Q&As, classes, signings, or readings (if you choose--if not, we can take care of that for you.)
- Opportunities to license fan fiction of your work.
- Patron models. Readers directly fund your future work. It's like Kickstarter, facilitated by smart contracts.
- A space for experimentation. We are open to work that doesn't fit traditional avenues for publishing: work that editors cut or agents didn't pick up, or more intimate work, like letters to friends that ended up being works of art.
- Opportunities to publish physical books as part of your NFT packages.How does it work?
Think of it like OpenSea for books: authors share writing, then readers mint, buy, sell, lend, and gift them (and the author receives a small fee every time the work changes hands). We’ll also have an e-reader for desktop and iOS where people can read their NFT literary pieces. Readers can interact with each other and engage more deeply with the work through communities set up around literary NFT purchases. We'll sell collections with a limited supply of copies of a book where each copy comes with something unique (things like generative art, a digital signature by the author). We’re experimenting with a lot more features but this is the basics.What marketing techniques will you use?
With our emphasis on curation, we'll build an ecosystem of dedicated readers who trust our platform to help them discover great work. Some methods we'll use to nurture this ecosystem:
- Big name authors bring their followings to the platform to see their new work; then, readers
- Social media ads and billboards.
- Partnerships with NFT influencers and arts organizations.
Some methods we'll use to target promotions for individual works on our platform:
- Reviews and influencer placements.
- NFT hype tools like minting countdowns and whitelisting.
- Community building around a work through social reading including book clubs, chat groups, and events. In V2 or V3 of our platform, we'll have social and sharing growth mechanisms built in to the publications and e-reader (for example, you can make notes on a book and send it to a friend along with a copy as a personalized gift).What types of work are you publishing in this alpha launch?
Anything you could imagine in a book or a literary magazine. Poetry, novels, short stories, genre fiction, personal essays, memoir, long form features, nonfiction, self-help, cook books, children’s books.
We also warmly welcome experimental formats. That’s the beauty of an experimental model; it doesn’t have to fit what we normally think of in a book or even a traditional e-book.Is it published on chain?
Texts are stored securely on IPFS (where only you, the author, and the purchaser can access it) and the NFTs are on Ethereum.What are the terms?
The author takes 70-90% of royalties. If there’s a publisher or a collective that was involved in creating or publishing the work, the publisher shares the author's portion; the publisher and author work that out together.
Authors also receive proportional royalties every time their book is sold on the secondary market.
Rights are non-exclusive and authors can also publish their work elsewhere if they like, on other platforms or with traditional publishing houses.What’s the process of publication?
Submit your work through this form: https://alexandrialabs.submittable.com/submit/220031/alpha-launch. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can about your status.
If accepted to the alpha launch, we’ll send you a royalty contract to sign. We'll work with our artists and editorial team to prepare the book for publication. Your work will be available on our marketplace when we launch. We’ll keep you updated on this timeline.What if I’ve published the work before? Can I still publish it with Alexandria Labs?
Yes! If you still own the rights to the work, that is. You’ll need to check your royalty contracts with your previous publisher.Also, if you're already collaborating with an artist or illustrator, we're happy to consider your work as a collaborator, so please do submit together!Can I see how it works?
Here’s a demo video of our early marketplace MVP: https://www.loom.com/share/c7b66279fe2244408a941ee8728de4bd
The alpha launch will have a revamped version, but this gives you an idea!I’ve never published my work as an NFT before. What does that mean exactly?
A book NFT is an e-book or e-text that is connected to an NFT which verifies that it is authentic and that it belongs to a particular owner. NFTs give scarcity and tangibility to the e-book experience, which transforms e-books from commodities to luxury goods.What happens when someone purchases my work?
They can read your work on the Alexandria e-reader or send it to their Kindle. They can also sell, lend, or gift it to another wallet.How much does it cost?
It’s free! Alexandria Labs takes 10-20% of your royalties when the book NFT is purchased. And your readers will need to pay gas when they mint on our platform. That’s it!Mission and Values
We believe digital narratives can be so much more than traditional e-books, in format, reader experience, and monetization. We also believe that the narrow channels that allow people to publish traditionally limit creativity and discourage diversity of perspectives--and miss a huge available market. We believe knowledge should be open and accessible across the globe. We believe in promoting stories from marginalized and international voices. We believe in curation, not censorship.
The Library of Alexandria was part of a research institute known as Mouseion, “Shrine of the Muses.” We, the Muses, are rebuilding the libraries of the world.- Calliope, goddess of epic poetry (Chief Executive Officer)
- Melpomene, goddess of tragedy (Chief Creative Officer)And the Scholars, a team of writers and technologists building the Great Library.It should also be noted that we are led by women; while nowadays we think of a “muse” as a (usually female) object of inspiration for a man, we the Muses are leading the building and creating and inviting others to do the same.