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Building a Killer Email List

07/23/2014 15:16:00 PM

There is a lot of upheaval in publishing today and I think that’s likely to increase rather than decrease. The best insurance policy any writer can have against the future is a targeted mailing list. I’ve written before about how …

Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions

07/20/2014 07:31:32 AM

Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited on Friday, giving self-publishers a big decision to make. The long-rumored subscription service will allow users to download unlimited books for $9.99 a month, and reader reaction has been, from what I can see, overwh

Gatecrashing the Cosy Consensus on Amazon

07/06/2014 10:23:08 AM

A group of bestselling traditionally published authors – including James Patterson, Scott Turow, and Douglas Preston – engaged in an act of breathtaking hypocrisy on Thursday with an open letter calling on Amazon to end its dispute with Hachette.

Media Bias and Amazon

06/28/2014 06:50:55 AM

There is so much crap being spouted in this anti-Amazon media push that you need a nose-peg and waders to get through it all. Let’s take a look at what happened this week. Hook, Line & Sinker Statements from either … Continue reading →

Fake Bestsellers, Concern Trolls and Hidden Agendas

06/24/2014 11:45:08 AM

Last Friday we were treated to a story from the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times, where Tony Horwitz claimed “I Was A Digital Bestseller” then complained about how little money this made him, and how he would now … Continue reading →

Writer’s Digest Dumps Author Solutions 

06/23/2014 07:13:52 AM

I have some huge news: Writer’s Digest has terminated its partnership with Author Solutions. Abbott Press – the imprint launched by Writer’s Digest, parent company F+W Media, and white-label vanity press provider Author Solutions – is

Who’s Afraid of Very Cheap Books?

06/09/2014 10:47:26 AM

A common meme in publishing is that cheap books are destroying the world or literature, and that low prices are undermining the viability of publishing or writers’ ability to make a living. I’ve long thought this position is nonsense – a ̷

Launching A Book By The Seat Of My Pants

06/07/2014 11:36:11 AM

I’m launching Mercenary today and you can grab it from Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Smashwords for just 99c, and you can add it on Goodreads here. I recommend grabbing it now because the price will be jumping to $4.99 in … Continue reading →

The Case Against Author Solutions, Part 1: The Numbers

06/03/2014 11:08:05 AM

The more you study an operation like Author Solutions, the more it resembles a two-bit internet scam, except on a colossal scale. Internet scammers work on percentages. They know that only a tiny fraction of people will get hoodwinked so … Cont

This Is The Kind Of Competition Publishers Want

05/31/2014 08:38:01 AM

Since the huge shift to online purchasing and e-books, a common meme is that there is some kind of “discoverability” problem in publishing. The funny thing is readers don’t seem to have any problem finding books they love. Any readers ̷

Why Is The Media Ignoring Author Exploitation By Publishers?

05/29/2014 06:47:19 AM

The Amazon-Hachette dispute has caught the media’s attention. But what about the story the media refuses to cover? The media is more concerned with one-sided accounts of Amazon’s perceived actions – when no one really knows the exact nature

Amazon v Hachette: Don’t Believe The Spin

05/26/2014 06:16:26 AM

The internet is seething over Amazon’s reported hardball tactics in negotiations with Hachette. Newspapers and blogs are filled with heated opinion pieces, decrying Amazon’s domination of the book business. Actual facts are thinner on th

NoiseTrade: Build Audience While Boosting Your Mailing List

05/21/2014 11:01:55 AM

What if I told you there was a cool new way to share your work with the world that could help you build audience, boost your mailing list, and make money at the same time? Welcome to NoiseTrade. The idea … Continue reading →

How To Increase Piracy

05/12/2014 07:09:18 AM

I’m working on the 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital this month and I thought it might be fun to share some of the ideas I’m sketching out. The following excerpt is part of the chapter on piracy (about a … Continue reading →

A Writer’s Guide To Hustlers, Harlots and Heroes

05/05/2014 13:19:45 PM

One of the most popular posts here in 2012 was from author Krista D. Ball who had just released What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank. It was a brilliant book – a writers’ guide, a cookbook, and a history of food all rolled into … Contin

Thinking Inside The Box: Building Audience With Bundles

04/22/2014 11:54:04 AM

After my marketing post last month, I promised a follow up on box sets. In fact, I’ve gone one better and invited Phoenix Sullivan to do a guest post on the topic. Today is perfect timing actually because we have just launched SINS … C

15 Ways To Improve KDP – Progress Report

04/09/2014 07:11:21 AM

The London Book Fair is underway again which makes it a perfect time to review the list of suggestions I presented to KDP last year. As regular readers will know, I crowd-sourced a list of feature requests, bug fixes, and … Continue reading 

The Great E-book Pricing Question

04/07/2014 08:32:22 AM

There’s more guff written about pricing than almost anything else, resulting in an extremely confusing situation for new self-publishers. I often see them pricing too low or too high, and the decision is rarely made the right way, i.e. ascertaining

Publishers Weekly Ignores The Real Scandal At LA Times Festival of Books

03/08/2014 10:27:00 AM

Publishers Weekly whipped up a storm on Wednesday with news of a deal between Amazon and the LA Times Festival of Books, resulting in calls for the publishing community to boycott the event. But Publishers Weekly is ignoring the real … Continue

Publishers Weekly Ignores The Real Scandal At LA Times Festival of Books

03/08/2014 10:27:00 AM

Publishers Weekly whipped up a storm on Wednesday with news of a deal between Amazon and the LA Times Festival of Books, resulting in calls for the publishing community to boycott the event. But Publishers Weekly is ignoring the real … Continue

IndieReCon – Free Online Conference Starts Next Week

02/18/2014 05:33:58 AM

There’s a free, online self-publishing conference taking place next week. It’s the second year of IndieReCon, and they have an action-packed schedule filled with all sorts of great stuff – a mixture of posts, vlogs, webinars, as wel

IndieReCon – Free Online Conference Starts Next Week

02/18/2014 05:33:58 AM

There’s a free, online self-publishing conference taking place next week. It’s the second year of IndieReCon, and they have an action-packed schedule filled with all sorts of great stuff – a mixture of posts, vlogs, webinars, as wel

A Victory Against Author Solutions

02/14/2014 06:59:26 AM

It should be clear to everyone now that Penguin Random House has no intention of cleaning up Author Solutions. The only development since Penguin purchased the company for $116m back in July 2012 is that Author Solutions has aggressively expanded 

A Victory Against Author Solutions

02/14/2014 06:59:26 AM

It should be clear to everyone now that Penguin Random House has no intention of cleaning up Author Solutions. The only development since Penguin purchased the company for $116m back in July 2012 is that Author Solutions has aggressively expanded 

Fake Controversy Alert: Hitler’s Mein Kampf Was Not A Digital Bestseller

01/16/2014 04:42:14 AM

A juicy story broke last week, the kind that makes savvy sub-editors salivate over potential Twitter-bait headlines. It had been discovered that Hitler’s pre-war memoir Mein Kampf was a digital bestseller, leading to a global bout of media hand-wr

Fake Controversy Alert: Hitler’s Mein Kampf Was Not A Digital Bestseller

01/16/2014 04:42:14 AM

A juicy story broke last week, the kind that makes savvy sub-editors salivate over potential Twitter-bait headlines. It had been discovered that Hitler’s pre-war memoir Mein Kampf was a digital bestseller, leading to a global bout of media hand-wr

Astroturfing: The Source of Zombie Memes in Publishing?

01/08/2014 08:02:02 AM

Why are there so many zombie memes in publishing? Why is there so much groupthink? It might be because the industry isn’t particularly diverse. Or it could be that book-lovers are nostalgic types who are automatically wary of change. But …

Astroturfing: The Source of Zombie Memes in Publishing?

01/08/2014 08:02:02 AM

Why are there so many zombie memes in publishing? Why is there so much groupthink? It might be because the industry isn’t particularly diverse. Or it could be that book-lovers are nostalgic types who are automatically wary of change. But …

If You Don’t Enjoy Marketing, You’re Doing It Wrong

01/03/2014 08:24:49 AM

I can already feel the heat from approaching pitchforks! But if you hear me out, I think I can convert at least some of you to the idea that if you don’t enjoy marketing, you’re doing it wrong. Let me … Continue reading →

If You Don’t Enjoy Marketing, You’re Doing It Wrong

01/03/2014 08:24:49 AM

I can already feel the heat from approaching pitchforks! But if you hear me out, I think I can convert at least some of you to the idea that if you don’t enjoy marketing, you’re doing it wrong. Let me … Continue reading →

Using Story Beats To Increase Writing Speed

12/05/2013 11:51:12 AM

You may be familiar with the Self-Publishing Podcast – hosted by Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright – which has featured all sorts of people doing interesting things in the world of self-publishing. Well, now the SPP guys R

Using Story Beats To Increase Writing Speed

12/05/2013 11:51:12 AM

You may be familiar with the Self-Publishing Podcast – hosted by Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright – which has featured all sorts of people doing interesting things in the world of self-publishing. Well, now the SPP guys R

Greetings from Prague!

12/02/2013 07:37:33 AM

There’s news of a monster sale and competition at the bottom of this post, but, first of all: I’m still alive! Apologies for the prolonged radio silence, but finding an apartment in Prague proved trickier than expected. We thought we had

Greetings from Prague!

12/02/2013 07:37:33 AM

There’s news of a monster sale and competition at the bottom of this post, but, first of all: I’m still alive! Apologies for the prolonged radio silence, but finding an apartment in Prague proved trickier than expected. We thought we had

Publishing Is Easy

10/30/2013 10:22:17 AM

There are three primary tasks a writer must undertake to get her work into the hands of readers: writing, publishing, and marketing. Out of those three, I respectfully submit, publishing is by far the easiest. Writing Writing a book is … Contin

Publishing Is Easy

10/30/2013 10:22:17 AM

There are three primary tasks a writer must undertake to get her work into the hands of readers: writing, publishing, and marketing. Out of those three, I respectfully submit, publishing is by far the easiest. Writing Writing a book is … Contin

Amazon Makes Life Easier For Authors of Historical & Literary Fiction

10/22/2013 07:29:26 AM

There are lots of reasons why self-publishing success stories tend to concentrate around writers of “genre” fiction, but it’s a mistake to assume that success is impossible if you write literary fiction or historical fiction (which

Amazon Makes Life Easier For Authors of Historical & Literary Fiction

10/22/2013 07:29:26 AM

There are lots of reasons why self-publishing success stories tend to concentrate around writers of “genre” fiction, but it’s a mistake to assume that success is impossible if you write literary fiction or historical fiction (which

Kobo Cull Self-Published Titles In Knee-jerk Response To Tabloid Clickbait

10/15/2013 09:17:24 AM

A media firestorm erupted in the UK on Sunday after a tabloid story about WH Smith selling “filth” alongside books aimed at children, which has resulted in Kobo culling huge numbers of self-published titles – most of which have no … Conti

Kobo Cull Self-Published Titles In Knee-jerk Response To Tabloid Clickbait

10/15/2013 09:17:24 AM

A media firestorm erupted in the UK on Sunday after a tabloid story about WH Smith selling “filth” alongside books aimed at children, which has resulted in Kobo culling huge numbers of self-published titles – most of which have no … Conti

Bloomsbury Seeks Deal With Author Solutions

10/11/2013 09:34:37 AM

The publishing world has been turned upside down by ebooks and self-publishing. All the old middlemen – agents, publishers, distributors, retailers – are scrambling to reinvent themselves, trying to remain relevant in a digital world.  S

Bloomsbury Seeks Deal With Author Solutions

10/11/2013 09:34:37 AM

The publishing world has been turned upside down by ebooks and self-publishing. All the old middlemen – agents, publishers, distributors, retailers – are scrambling to reinvent themselves, trying to remain relevant in a digital world.  S

Ted Oswald Signs With Amazon Publishing, Haiti NGOs To Benefit

10/10/2013 15:41:28 PM

Okay, this might be my favorite ever blog post. Remember that guy who wrote that book set in Haiti, the one I was raving about, the one where he was giving all the profits to charity? Well, I have him … Continue reading →

Ted Oswald Signs With Amazon Publishing, Haiti NGOs To Benefit

10/10/2013 15:41:28 PM

Okay, this might be my favorite ever blog post. Remember that guy who wrote that book set in Haiti, the one I was raving about, the one where he was giving all the profits to charity? Well, I have him … Continue reading →

The Craft of Writing: Interview with Michael Wallace (Part II)

09/24/2013 11:24:16 AM

Today I have Part II of my interview with Michael Wallace – an author who has sold over 400,000 e-books since he started self-publishing in January 2011. If you missed Part I yesterday, that’s here and make sure to read … Continue r

The Craft of Writing: Interview with Michael Wallace (Part II)

09/24/2013 11:24:16 AM

Today I have Part II of my interview with Michael Wallace – an author who has sold over 400,000 e-books since he started self-publishing in January 2011. If you missed Part I yesterday, that’s here and make sure to read … Continue r

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