One of the most famous stories in Homer's Odyssey is that of Ulysses encountering the sirens.
Upon his return home from the Trojan war, Ulysses stumbles upon the sirens - magical creatures of the sea, whose singing bewitches sailors and lures them to their deaths.
Ulysses, aware of the deadly nature of the their hypnotizing voices, instructs his men to plug their ears with beeswax and to tie him to the ship's mast. As the ship approached the siren's island, Ulysses becomes enchanted by their singing. He commands that his crew untie him, but his men, their ears full of beeswax, ignore the desperate please of their captain, rowing the boat to safety.
Unfortunately, that's not quite how the story goes...
Ulysses did not anticipate the encounter with the sirens, nor did he think to plug his men's ears with beeswax or tie himself to the mast. It was, in fact, the goddess Circe who warned Ulysses and suggested that if he wanted to listen, he would need to order his crew to plug their ears and bind him to the mast. The goddess even provided Ulysses with beeswax to plug his men's ears.
The Importance of a Support System
In this story, the goddess Circe represents a supportive ally, someone who has your best interest at heart, someone who can help you become aware of your own limitations, of your own lack of willpower, and notice your blind spots.
And, let's face it, writing a book and self-publishing it is just as treacherous as sailing past an island inhabited by beautiful and dangerous creatures.
A supportive ally or group of allies, that can take on the role of Circe, is one of the best things you can have with you when going through all the necessary steps towards releasing a book on the web.
This doesn't relieve you of any responsibility, but rather makes it so that you are accountable to all those who provide you with their time and energy.
While you still need to execute, now you are more motivated than ever to do so.
This is what irevuo is all about: powering self-publishing through a community of independent writers from around the world, who can support one another through what most view as a terrifying process flow that requires a plethora of skills.
The Collaborative Web
Creative entrepreneurs thrive when smart, motivated peers contribute to their work, nurturing ideas into compelling storylines.
Collaboration transforms a cluttered first drafts into proper works of art, ready to find homes on bookshelves around the world.
Collaborating on another writer’s work can inspire us to write something of our own. Someone else's perspective can help us better understand what prospective readers look for in a book, while it can also feed our own imagination and creativity.
Put simply, helping others write, edit, and self-publish is the best way one can become a better creative entrepreneur.
This symbiosis is at the core of irevuo.
From idea to published book, take advantage of a community of writers, editors, and indie publishing experts to assist you along the way.
Live workshops, brainstorming sessions, and a reimagined playground-community pair writers, editors, and experts to provide a powerful self-publishing framework.
You don’t have to rely on professional editors or feedback from friends and family. We provide better editorial support for online writers at just $9 per month.
As a community of independent writers, editors, book designers, and marketing experts, we collaborate through writing, editing, workshops, peer groups, and personal partnerships. We each remain independent, yet supported by hundreds of creative entrepreneurs.
irevuo’s members receive input from others on all aspects of self-publishing, from editorial decisions, to selecting the right cover art for their book.
Expertly Curated Workflows
irevuo is more than just a community powering indie publishers. It's an ever growing library of curated workflows from the world's top authors.
Cutting-Edge Strategies and Frameworks
Don't just self-publish your book on Amazon and call it a day.
Take advantage of new strategies and trends, from serialized fiction to placing your stories behind a paywall, selling memberships, and leveraging our impressive community of ambitious creative entrepreneurs to develop a business plan that's in tune with the latest developments in the world of self-publishing.
Write With Us
We look forward to welcoming new independent writers to co-author the future of self-publishing with us.
If the idea of a nurturing and safe place speaks to you, we'd be glad if you decided to become a part of the community.