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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 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*

and alt.comp.shareware.*

Friday, March 28, 2003

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

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.

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).

Friday, March 28, 2003


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: .

Good luck.

Sunday, March 30, 2003

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