We're officially opening up our call for plans for our new homemade tools plans market discussed in detail here: Selling Your Homemade Tool Plans on HomemadeTools.net.
If you have homemade tool plans that you would like to sell on HomemadeTools.net, please read this post, then send your plans to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll review the plans and get back to you with details.
To briefly summarize the previous thread: we want to allow people on this site to create plans for their homemade tools, and sell their plans online through a plans marketplace. It would incentivize previous tool builders to add plans to their tools, it would make it easier for beginner and intermediate level tool builders to build more tools, and the stated demand for plans is high.
AUTHOR REVENUE SHARE
We are aiming to give authors 70% of the sales revenue from their plans; we would take 30%. This figure may alter slightly as we determine how to handle taxes, affiliate programs, etc., but 70% is roughly the going rate for digital download marketplaces. While we haven't finalized this figure, I've mentioned 70% multiple times now, so if the final numbers are very far from that, I'm going to have some 'splainin to do.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE "PLANS"?
"Plans" that you submit can include any of the following: technical or CAD drawings, step-by-step instructions, parts & materials lists, photos, diagrams, videos - anything that will help a user reproduce a tool. What constitutes "plans" will be different from tool to tool.
WHICH PLANS ARE MOST IN DEMAND?
Let's look at some of our search query data for HomemadeTools.net, in our Google Analytics package (a common web traffic analysis program).
Here's a chart showing the top 25 search queries containing the word "plans", from the past 90 days, from 24,000+ "plans"-related searches. So, people enter these keywords in Google, and HomemadeTools.net comes up in the search results.
Some of the keywords reference the same tool (eg: "belt grinder plans", "homemade belt grinder plans"), but plans for any of the tools in the top 25 here would likely be in high demand.
What do we mean by "review" the plans? We can't know exactly what the review process will entail until we at least get a good look at the first batch of submissions. However, here's the framework we have so far:
-Does it qualify as a "tool", even with a reasonably loose definition?
-Do the plans exist elsewhere on the internet?
-Is there sufficient detail for the user to reproduce the tool? If not, what more is needed?
Submitting plans to us for review does not alter the copyright status of your plans. If you created the plans, they're your intellectual property, no matter who you email them to. You don't need to register a copyright, or add a copyright symbol; your copyright applies the moment you hit the "save" button on your computer (Google "copyright myths" for more details). You have the same protections as any author sending a manuscript out to publishers for consideration.
Submitting plans to us does not bind you to any agreement to sell your plans on HomemadeTools.net. Legally, we need your permission to sell your plans on HomemadeTools.net. So, if the plans passed review, we would sign a terms and conditions, similar to what you checked/submitted upon signing up for the forum. We would also need to collect payment details from you (most likely a PayPal email address).
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