It’s our birthday!
Well, kind of. We began in November 2016 when Lindsey registered F-BOM as a business with the state of Minnesota. And before that, we were a media review blog Her Story Arc. And before that, we were Lindsey’s personal blog. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Even within F-BOM’s 1st official year, we’ve had a lot of changes. First of all, we grew the ways we can support women authors. These choices were natural extensions of our business model: making it easier for readers to find great books, and promoting marginalized voices.
As F-BOM got into a flow, we knew that though we weren’t big enough to start awarding grants and scholarships (one of our stretch goals), we were ready to start expanding what we could do. That’s why we:
- Added a store and contracted with authors to keep Previous BOMs available
- Upgraded the Writer’s Package to include a free developmental edit
- Expanded access to the forums by creating a Free Member tier, including access to most features of the forum
- Have begun adding more author interviews, so you can learn about even more indie authors
Over the course of the year, we’ve also heard your feedback. The F-BOM community forum always has Introductions, Watercooler and Support threads. The Support thread in particular is a great place to reach out to us, and start a conversation.
Because of your questions and suggestions, you can look forward to these changes over the next few months:
- A new site design, to better integrate new features
- A new payment portal, so we aren’t tied to PayPal
- Perks for Founding Members–anyone who becomes an F-BOM subscriber before July 31st
- Our first Founding Member perk? A brand new referral program!
Now, what about those stretch goals….We have lots of big plans for the future:
- Digital content
- Phone app
- Grants and scholarships
- More F-BOMs
- Featuring authors at cons
- Expanding genres
- Expanding our store
…so obviously we’ve got big plans.
But we need your help to figure out where to put our energy. Where is our next big decision? What new direction will F-BOM take in the next year? Fill out a survey to give your feedback.
Or better yet, support indie authors today by becoming a subscribing member. When you subscribe, you’re not just helping an author support herself through her art. You’re entering a community ready to disrupt the publishing industry. Join the revolution today and become a Founding Member.