A brief introduction to Bibliocloud

Beautiful cloud-based publishing software built by publishers, for publishers of all shapes and sizes, that doesn't cost a fortune. It won the Futurebook Best Technology Award because it solves an actual problem: the need to simply, elegantly, manage the whole publishing process, without breaking the bank.

1: Introduction

Workflow series: Intro

The first in a series demonstrating how Bibliocloud manages publishing workflow. In this video series, I’m going to follow the life of a work from concept to publication, using Bibliocloud to make the process run smoothly. I’ll start by capturing the concept. I’ll add some information about a new book proposal to Bibliocloud, using templates to get up and running quickly. Using templates also mean that my new proposal is consistent with similar books I’ve got in the system.

2: Capture the concept

Adding a new title to Bibliocloud

It’s important to capture information about your future titles at an early stage, so that your records are as complete as possible, and so that you can plan your list efficiently and with insight. Bibliocloud lets you store as much or as little information as is relevant at all stages of your products’ lifespan, and makes data entry as painless, quick and as consistent as possible by using templates and straightforward screens. We’re going to start by adding information about a new title into Bibliocloud.

3: Approval process

Getting a book past the editorial board

Deciding whether or not to publish a title requires analysis, planning and informed judgement. Whether you're a one man band or a multi-national corporation, the essence of the decision is the same: will this title fit our list and make us money? Bibliocloud helps you to make that decision by making it easy to capture and lay out the key information you'll need: financial, editorial and strategic. What’s more, once your data is entered to help your decision-making, you don’t have to enter any more data to produce a contract, or later the royalties.

4: Publication process

Keeping on track

There are hundreds of tasks that need completing to get a book from concept to shelf -- or ereader. Bibliocloud can keep track of all these tasks and help you to stay organised and on time. For print books, the end result is often getting the print order to the printer. Bibliocloud can manage this for you too, using the specs in the system. It’s another example of storing data once, use it everywhere.

5: Getting your data out there

Sharing ONIX with trading partners

ONIX is the language the book trade has invented to share book metadata. However, there’s still a place for human-friendly formats such as AIs, catalogues and rights guides. And in this networked age, it’s crucial to be able to use your data store as a feed to your website, social media sites and reviewer sites. Bibliocloud makes it straightforward to disseminate rich data in whatever format you want.

6: Satisfying your authors

Rights & royalties reporting

Authors are at the heart of publishing. The best author-editor relationship can turn sour if the royalty reporting capabilities of the organisation do not match its author-centric values. Because I enter royalty advance and royalty rate information into the author’s contract record from the get-go, and I import sales data as a matter of course, there’s no additional data entry needed to produce beautiful, informative statements from Bibliocloud.

7: Understand your business

Forecasting & performance reporting

If you don’t monitor how your books are selling, you don’t know how your business is doing, which makes decent planning for the future very difficult. I’ve stored so much information in Bibliocloud, and I don’t need to do any additional data entry to get insights and reports at any level of detail into sales and spend because the system aggregates it for me in meaningful ways.