A community designed for writers, editors, book coaches, book designers, book marketers and other publishing professionals
Bobbin Tribe is an invitation-only publishing community held to the standard of actually helping each other grow and providing true value in each other’s lives. It is designed to give you the best training and support available from New York Times bestselling authors, award-winning editors and other professional publishing insiders.
This is Bobbin’s most affordable program, specifically tailored for fiction and nonfiction authors who are on a budget, and who want to publish a high-level professional book, but need to make sure it is absolutely the best possible book.
Bobbin Tribe launches this spring on:
October 1, 2020
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At each milestone, the membership fee increases.
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First 100 Members
One year free, then $99/y
75% Off first year ($24.75/y), then $99/y
50% Off first year ($49.50/y), then $99/y
40% Off first year ($59.40/y), then $99/y
30% Off first year ($69.30/y), then $99/y
20% Off first year ($79.20/y), then $99/y
10% Off first year ($89.10/y), then $99/y
$199/y ($16/m) for all members
$365/y ($30/m) for all members
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Having the right people in your corner can make all the difference in the world.
Bobbin Tribe is not just another writing group or forum for you to procrastinate with and never finish your book. It’s a system built and hosted by NYTs bestselling authors and professional editors from the Big 5 publishing houses, and is designed to keep you on track to achieving your publishing goals.
A Community Committed to Contributing and Growing Each Other’s Success
- Networking Opportunities
Connect with New York Times Bestselling authors, award-winning editors, book designers, book marketers and other publishing professionals
- AMAs (Ask the Agent. Ask the Editor, etc.)
Ask the Agent. Ask the Editor, etc. with special guests such as New York Times bestselling authors, award-winning editors, and other professionals working in the publishing industry such as book designers and book marketers.
- Bobbin Buddies
Bobbin Buddies are real friends who share your passion that you can build an intimate, long-lasting bond with. Writing can be lonely. But it doesn’t have to be. We don’t want you to do it alone. Meet other Bobbin members who share your passion for all things publishing. Our community brings together writers of all levels with book coaches, editors, book designers, book marketers/publicists and other publishing professionals.
Accountability, Deadlines and Word Count Goals
A Role (a name and a set of permissions) in Bobbin Tribe
As part of the included membership to Bobbin Tribe, the author will be designated with the role of “Bobbin Author”.
Direct message your book coach anytime for private Q&A sessions.
A safe place to ask questions, brainstorm and even vent about the crazy world of publishing. @Mention/Tag your book coach, other authors or any publishing buddy anytime in a community post
Exclusive members-only giveaways + earn points toward discounts, deals, and bonus prizes.
Live Sneak Peek Inside Bobbin Connected
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Who You Might Connect With
Literary agent turned editor of fiction & memoir where narratives and protagonists have distinct, identifiable voices.
Experienced + enthusiastic editor of romance, mystery, YA and women's fiction. 8 years experience at Penguin including NY Times bestsellers.
Developmental editor. Let’s create your best story!
Former editor at Penguin Random House with broad experience across genres, including literary fiction, memoir, humor, and more.
Who should use Bobbin Tribe?
- People who are on a budget and looking for training, guidance and support for their writing life at a price that matches their finances
- People who are dedicated to real professional development and are serious about writing and publishing a commercially viable book
- People who’ve found that writing the book alone has proven difficult
- People who are fine writing the book alone but occasionally want advice, structure, routine, and accountability from both their peers and publishing professionals
- People who’s dream went from “being a full-time writer” to “Can I just finish ONE friggin’ book!”
WHO SHOULD NOT
- People who aren’t open to criticism or being told that something is in need of further work
- People who want their book idea affirmed and seek blind praise
- People who just write for themselves, or just for fun and their own enjoyment (a hobbyist) and does not write for an audience of readers (Absolutely nothing wrong with that approach, it’s just not what the Bobbin Tribe program is designed for)
- People who write fan fiction. (Absolutely nothing wrong with writing fan fiction, it’s just not what the Bobbin Tribe program is designed for.)
- People who don’t like writing or don’t have the time to sit down and write (see Bobbin Elite)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Click one of the buttons on this page to take the Author Q&A.
- We will send you a special invite link. The invite link will take you to a private Discord server where Bobbin Tribe is hosted.
What is discord?
Discord is an all-in-one voice and text chat app that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.
Discord is available on all platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS) and it also works directly within your browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) without needing to download the app. Learn more about Discord here: https://discordapp.com
We invest a lot of time and resources in your success even before you start. To operate, Bobbin charges a yearly fee of $24 for access to the private publishing community Bobbin Tribe. The fee allows us to develop the product, curate our community and offer customer support and satisfaction guarantees.
A problem that plagues a lot of free access communities is spam. They become breeding grounds for people either trying to sell their services or promote their own content. Neither of which is conducive to building a thriving community. This was our main motivation for charging a fee to access Bobbin Tribe.
We spent a lot of time thinking through pricing. It needed to be enough money that people would be motivated to really make use of their membership and act in a way that’s beneficial to the community at large, but not too much money that it became cost prohibitive to the people who would benefit from the most.
So in the spirit of transparency, your contribution to the community goes directly toward:
- Filtering out spam from the community
- Filtering out self promoters
- Filtering out toxic people and behavior
- Filtering out people who are not serious
- Hiring and training Early Readers who will give you thorough, honest and timely feedback on your draft to help you turn it into a polished manuscript.
- Hiring and training book coaches who will guide and support you throughout the writing process to help you craft a book that will deliver a powerful emotional experience.
Discord is free, but your time, your effort, and your ambition is super valuable. You deserve to work with people who are just as serious as you are about writing and publishing your book.
Bottom line: you get what you pay for. And there are lots of writers who waste, not only their own time, but everyone elses time as they never finish their books and they never publish. And we use the yearly fee to filter out those people–95% of the time, this process works great.
But yes, in rare cases, a member worms in who isn’t a good fit for our beloved community. If after fair warnings from Moderators, the member is unwilling to adhere to the Bobbin Community Values, we reserve the right to remove them from Bobbin Connected for the benefit of the community as a whole.
But again, this is a rare occurrence because our authors are awesome!
Ideally, beta readers are free. They’re often family, friends, members of your writing group, or maybe readers you connect with on Facebook or Goodreads. We’re advocates for free beta readers!
But authors know it can be hard to get quality beta reader feedback: some beta readers give short and vague feedback, some beta readers do nothing but praise because they’re either afraid to hurt your feelings or they think magic shoots from your fingertips, and some beta readers never send you their feedback at all. Worse, if your beta reader isn’t well-read in your specific genre, their feedback may actually lead you astray!
Virtually every writer who’s received critique partner or beta reader feedback (and sometimes this includes feedback from supposedly professional editors) has horror stories. Most of us have come across critiquers who insult us and/or our writing. Or those who try to steamroll our voice or rewrite the story to match their vision.
Those horror stories are shockingly common. But when you work with Bobbin:
- You’re paying for a proven beta reading system that works and gets results
- You’re saving yourself the time from having to find, interview, and vet your own beta readers
- You save yourself from having to chase down feedback from non-responsive, non-serious readers who might ghost you
- You’re saving yourself from the risk of receiving feedback that is bad quality
- You get high quality feedback that is delivered on time from hand-picked, vetted and highly-trained readers who are genuinely excited to help you write the best book possible so that you will finish your book and publish it
That said, the Bobbin Tribe service as well as the Bobbin Early Reader program is entirely optional. Whether or not you join is a decision that’s totally up to you. You are not obligated to pay anyone for access to beta readers. Ever.
Writing can be lonely.
But it doesn't have to be.
And there is a lot to learn—whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction. We can help.
What authors like you are saying
I have to say that I was originally skeptical about what I would gain from having Bobbin review my book proposal as I thought it was already quite polished. But Wow, was I surprised! My editor’s feedback was so constructive and incredibly detailed. In addition to line-by-line commentary, she sent me a 3-page single-spaced memo outlining the main issues as she saw them - this was a memo I'd expect from an editorial assessment on a full manuscript. She was on point with literally every remark. Her eye for detail and knowledge of what the proposal is meant to do have been so helpful to me. She was very flexible and worked with my timeline. Most valuable of all, she did a first-round quick read of the proposal, gave me a chance to revise it based on those general comments, and then dove in with a deep edit. I suspect most readers would not do this. I would highly highly recommend Bobbin. And thanks so much Emma!
Still have questions?
Feeling nervous and unsure?
We get that! It probably feels risky. It’s your reputation on the line, after all. We take that very seriously. We totally understand that this can be super overwhelming and we’re happy to talk you through it.
Big investments are always scary, but we do everything we can to ensure you know the program inside and out before you invest in it. Here’s how enrollment works:
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Our dedicated tribe of writers, editors and publishing insiders provide exactly what you need to succeed in your writing life – no matter where you are in the journey.
And there are so many choices it can get overwhelming. The challenge can be trying to figure out which program is the best fit for your needs.
We do everything we can to ensure you are 100% informed about all our programs before you invest in it.
We understand investing in yourself and turning your ideas into a book is a BIG commitment. But an important step, and we PROMISE YOU that you’ll be so glad you made it.
This is a 10x improvement over any other option that existed to get an idea out of your head and into a book.
The only thing left to do now is start. And it’s not about whether you have a great idea for a book. It’s are you finally going to do it?
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