by Rick Holzgrafe
Here are a few links useful to shareware authors. If you have
any to contribute that I've missed, please send
them to me and I'll add them to this list.
Authoring Part 1 and Part
Peter N Lewis and Jeremy Nelson's discussion of how to write
successful shareware. Peter actually makes his living by writing
and selling shareware, and does well enough to have an employee
or two to help out. His advice was a tremendous help to me in
advancing my own shareware business. When Peter talks, I listen
Kee Nethery of Kagi discusses the costs and benefits of a wide
range of options for annoying and enticing users to pay for your
- To Read or not to Read
Tonya Engst wrote this article, a how-to for writing Read-Me files, for the e-zine TidBITS. Tonya reviews
software including shareware, and her reviews are widely published
and read. She is telling you what reviewers want to see in a
Read-Me, so pay attention!
Quinn "The Eskimo!" describes a few case studies in
user interface excellence. Better than anything I could say or
anything else I've ever seen, Quinn can show you why long and
careful thought about Human Interface is worthwhile.
Do People Register
...and does crippling work? This article by Colin Messitt is
one of the few cases where an actual experiment with quantitative
results was made on this issue. The experiment doesn't have real
scientific rigor, and discusses only the benefits and not the
costs of crippling. Nevertheless the results are highly suggestive,
and we rate it as "recommended reading."
for Shareware Authors
Matthias Kahlert's collection of advice and links.
Defending Shareware Against Cracks
Adam Smith's discussions of elaborate ways to defeat hackers and crackers.
- Anti Cracking
Richey's "How to make cracking your programs a little harder."
Includes advanced tips and advice from actual crackers.
An excellent payment service for shareware authors (and others).
Not the only such service, but it's the one that Semicolon Software
uses and we can recommend it whole-heartedly.
- The Association of
The ASP is a non-profit organization of people who are serious
about selling shareware. Not everyone can join: members must
meet a stringent list of requirements in the way they do business,
designed to reassure customers that they are dealing with reputable
firms. (Regretfully, Semicolon Software is not a member. In the
past we did not have the resources to man the technical support
phone number that the ASP required its members to provide. The
ASP has since removed that requirement, and we will consider
joining in the future.)
This is one of the organizations that registers Internet domain
names (like "semicolon.com"). When you get serious
about your Web site, check in here and read up on how to register
your own domain name.
- A Sample Press Release
The press release for Solitaire Till Dawn 3.0, presented purely
as an example for when you want to write your own.
Introduction Product Patience
Up Propagation Promotion