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Does anyone know of good (and still alive) mailing discussion lists for shareware authors? Shareware authors around here are welcome to post tips and advice. I am finishing up my first shareware program, a personal finance/budget system, and don't know exactly what are the next steps after the program is done - easy part. Am I beging unreasonable on planning to make a living off shareware?

Mauricio Macedo
Friday, March 28, 2003

Join the ASP at http://www.asp-shareware.com you will find tons of useful information and news groups.

Expect it to take a long time before you can earn a living doing it.

Tony E
Friday, March 28, 2003

comp.software.shareware.*

http://www.google.com/groups?hl=sv&lr=&ie=UTF-8&group=comp.software.shareware

and alt.comp.shareware.*

http://www.google.com/groups?hl=sv&lr=&ie=UTF-8&group=alt.comp.shareware

Olsson
Friday, March 28, 2003

sorry, here's the correct links for you non-Swedish speaking people ;-)


http://www.google.com/groups?group=alt.comp.shareware

http://www.google.com/groups?group=comp.software.shareware

Olsson
Friday, March 28, 2003

Euro-Share is a nice mailing list for shareware authors. They also have an online archive of past discussions where you can find valuable information.

http://www.euro-share.com

Andre Voget
Friday, March 28, 2003

Yes, you can.

Develop a good app.
Give away a nearly full functioning version.
Make it *easy* to buy the full functioning version.
Charge a reasonable price (example: 5,000 customers of a $30 product = $150k).

pb
Friday, March 28, 2003

Mauricio,

Niche products have a lot more chance in the shareware market than screensavers, games, video and music player, etc.
Usefeul advice: Give customers good technical support, allow refunds, put a forum on your site, write an easy-to-read documentation, avoid the nag screen in the beginning of the trial period (start displaying it after a week for example)...

Read also the referenced URLs in the following post: http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=18721&ixReplies=5 .

Good luck.

trd
Sunday, March 30, 2003

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