The Book Publisher for Entrepreneurs

"Damn Gravity goes above and beyond."
– Lloyed Lobo, WSJ bestselling author

Kill Complexity.
Before It Kills You.

Yeah, we made that rhyme. It's just a taste of the award-winning creativity you'll get with us. More importantly, it's true. If your ROI is dumb looks on your customers' faces, you have a complexity problem. Time to call in the storytellers. (That's us.)

CHALLENGES SOLVED

publishing needs a revolution

Old publishing models are bad for entrepreneurial authors:

❌ Traditional

  • Minimum marketing support
  • Take 75-90% of sales

❌ Hybrid/vanity

  • Transactional
  • Paid to publish, not promote.

❌ Self-Publishing

  • 100% DIY
  • Huge time commitment

performance publishing

  • Full service publishing
  • IP expansion
  • Powerhouse editorial team
  • Full scale marketing
  • Top royalty rates in industry
"Damn Gravity helped me turn my two decades of startup experience into a book I'm incredibly proud of. I'm a better founder because of it."

– Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy & author of Stop Asking Questions

stop asking questions: How to learn anything from anyone

Andrew Warner, Founder of Mixergy Podcast

"An essential read for podcasters, salespeople, startup founders, and anyone who wants to lead deeper conversations with people they admire. "

– Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable
"Damn Gravity helped me turn my two decades of startup experience into a book I'm incredibly proud of. I'm a better founder because of it."

– Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy & author of Stop Asking Questions

from grassroots to greatness: 13 rules for community-led growth

Lloyed Lobo, co-founder of Boast.ai and Traction Conf

"Lloyed is not only an exceptional community builder, he's also a student of the craft. He's soaked up lessons from the best communities in the world to help propel your business to new heights."

– Jason Lemkin, Founder of SaaStr
"Damn Gravity helped me turn my two decades of startup experience into a book I'm incredibly proud of. I'm a better founder because of it."

– Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy & author of Stop Asking Questions

all pride, no ego: Living and leading with authenticity

Jim Fielding, former President of Disney Stores, 21st Century Fox, and CEO of Claire's

"Reading Jim's book is like talking with a friend or working with him every day on a project. We are honored to be included in his story and are inspired by his authentic leadership style and success."

– Sofia Vergara and Luis Balaguer
"Damn Gravity helped me turn my two decades of startup experience into a book I'm incredibly proud of. I'm a better founder because of it."

– Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy & author of Stop Asking Questions
Summer 2024

Building Rocketships: A blueprint for Product-Led growth

Oji Udezue and Ezinne Udezue

Oji Udezue is the Chief Product Officer of Typeform, former Head of Product at Twitter, Calendly and Atlassian.

Ezinne Udezue is the Chief Product Officer of WPEngine, former VP of Product at Procore, Bazaarvoice, and Time Inc.

"Damn Gravity helped me turn my two decades of startup experience into a book I'm incredibly proud of. I'm a better founder because of it."

– Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy & author of Stop Asking Questions
Fall 2024

the experimentation machine: Finding Product-Market Fit in the Age of AI

Jeff Bussgang

Jeff is a Harvard Business School Professor and co-founder of Flybridge Capital. His book is based on 'Launching Tech Ventures,' a graduate course he has taught for 14 years to thousands of students.
"Damn Gravity helped me turn my two decades of startup experience into a book I'm incredibly proud of. I'm a better founder because of it."

– Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy & author of Stop Asking Questions

Spirit Cocktail Journal

Four Line Supply

"A gorgeous, 150-page hardbound journal that is divided into six sections by base spirit."

– Garnish Blog
"Damn Gravity helped me turn my two decades of startup experience into a book I'm incredibly proud of. I'm a better founder because of it."

– Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy & author of Stop Asking Questions

great founders write: clear thinking, confident writing, and startup success

Ben Putano, Founder of Damn Gravity

"I got more out of Great Founders Write than I did from a $17,000 coaching program."

- Sara Loretta, Founder of  SYSTMS Club

the laws of
damn gravity

1. Be bold
2. Be creative
3. Be entrepreneurial
4. Be uplifting
5. Be courageous
6. Be relentlessly YOU

Hell yeah? Let's talk.

Work with us
Lloyed Lobo, co-founder of Boast.ai and Traction, WSJ Bestselling author of From Grassroots to Greatness

"In the field of interviewing, Andrew is the archetypal example of ‘so good they can’t ignore you.’ Read this book to steal his secrets! "

My name is Ben Putano.
I'm the founder of Damn Gravity Media.

Since 2015, I've helped founders find their online voices, build their audiences, and grow their businesses. I'm also the author of Great Founders Write.

I live and work in Chicago with my wife, Mary, and our dog, Avon. When I'm not writing, find me playing ultimate frisbee, watching a Chicago Bulls game, exploring the city, and traveling the world in search of delicious food.

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frequently asked q's

What is Performance Publishing? 

The book publishing industry is broken. Authors have three no-good options:

- Traditional Publisher: They pay you a small advance but give you no support where it counts: Writing and marketing. Your success is up to you alone.

- Publishing Services: Publishing services like Scribe Media will help you write, publish, and promote your book. But you're paying for the deliverable, not performance. Like an agency, these services are NOT invested in your success.

- Self-Publish: The cheapest way to become an author is to do it yourself, but you get no writing, publishing, or marketing support.

Here's a better way: Performance Publishing with Damn Gravity.

Our business model is simple: The better you do, the better we do.

We're a full-service publisher, but we're also invested in the performance of your book. We offer the most comprehensive marketing program in the industry to help you maximize sales and profits.

Why Did Damn Gravity Choose the Performance Publishing model? 

With performance publishing, our financial success is directly tied to yours. And that’s why we prefer it. 

We believe in our authors and our ability to help them create world-changing books. We want to be part of your success. True partners. 


How Do Royalties Work?

Our model is simple: The better you do, the better we do.

As the author, you pay for the upfront cost of your book. Damn Gravity keeps its margins to the bare minimum and is rewarded on sales performance.

You keep 100% of your net income until you make your money back. Then Damn Gravity will start earning royalties on a sliding schedule.

We're flexible with our profit-sharing agreements, but here's an example schedule:

- $0 - 55,000 net income — 100% (author keep)
- $55,001 - 75,000— 80%
- $75,001 - 100,000 — 70%
- $100,001 - 250,000 — 60%
- $250,001 - 1,000,000 — 55%
- $1,000,000+ — 52%

What types of authors do you work with?

Damn Gravity invests more time and energy into our authors than any other publishing service. Therefore, we’re highly selective in who we choose to work with. 

We partner with authors with the experience, expertise, and commitment to produce a successful book. All of our books are focused on business, entrepreneurship, technology, and personal development.



who is behind damn gravity?

Ben Putano is an author, entrepreneur, and founder of Damn Gravity.

Ben has built a career helping startup founders tell better stories. As a content marketing agency owner, he's worked with technology companies big and small, producing over 500,000 words and millions of impressions for clients.

Today, as a publisher, Ben works one-on-one with successful business leaders to write and produce impactful books. Ben lives in Chicago with his wife, Mary, and their dog, Avon. When he's not writing, you'll find him playing ultimate frisbee, catching a basketball game, and traveling the world.

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