Spectral Press produces probably the best small press big rig EVAH…

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Independent UK horror and dark/weird fiction publisher Spectral Press, producers of the very wonderful Spectral Book of Horror Stories series, as well as works by Stephen Volk and other crepuscular luminaries, has obviously gone for the logistics option to match its resources – but not its [...]

I am so embargoed! And Berry underimpressed

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

Far being it from me, as a journalistic semi-professional, to violate the convention on embargoes, whereby critical breaking news is embargoed until a certain time or date to give journos a chance to prepare their story. So when a press release “Under Embargo Until 00.01, 25.02.15,” [...]

No need to be humble with Subterranean Press Book Bundle

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

The very wonderful science fiction, fantasy, and horror publisher Subterranean Press, publishers of K.J. Parker among many others, has just announced its own Humble Subterranean Press Book Bundle on the Humble Bundle site, offering an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of its classics, including such gems [...]

EIBF launches #mynextread campaign and hashtag

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the “non-commercial European and International umbrella association representing national Booksellers’ Associations and booksellers over the world,” has just launched the My Next Read (#mynextread) campaign, inviting [...]

Orchard unites agenting and PR

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

A New York PR agency has decided to bridge the gap between publicizing their clients and actually repping for them by forming its own literary agency. Orchard Literary, part of Orchard Strategies, “is a Manhattan based literary agency that represents a select group of top experts and authors. [...]

Groupees Lovecraftian Bundle showcases promo bundling for giving

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Groupees, the digital media distribution platform “designed to transform the digital media download experience into something FUN and SOCIAL tied to unique exclusive deals on music, games, and video,” is showcasing a “Lovecraftian Bundle” that offers an object lesson in how [...]

YouTube celeb Zoella shows author power of social media promotion

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

UK YouTube video blogger (a.k.a. vlogger) Zoella (a.k.a. Zoe Sugg) has become the poster child of near-instant social media auto-stardom – and now authorial success through the pre-sales of her book Girl Online, which as at the time of writing is Number One in the UK Amazon Best Seller [...]

Jura distillery releasing 1984 malt in George Orwell commemoration

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Jura distillery, long a key sponsor at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, has now found a perhaps slightly more dubious route to literary celebrity, deciding to issue a special limited edition 1984 malt whisky, to mark 30 years since the date of George Orwell’s eponymous novel. [...]

Dark Side of the Sun: A Facebook sale, a social media precedent

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

For any authors, self-published or otherwise, wondering how to use social media to promote their work, as well as any fans of the dark, weird, and horrible in general, here’s an example for you. A group of horror and dark fiction writers has come together to launch “Dark Side of the [...]

Top tips on Tweets with the Top Ten Twitter writers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

With all the Jonathan Franzen-style bleating about the grind of promoting yourself through Twitter and other social media, it’s worth highlighting an instance when someone sums up what actually works for Tweeting writers. After all, if you’re going to be “absolutely coerced into this [...]

Sneaking books into bookstores is not a good idea

By Chris Meadows
May 25, 2014 // 4 Comments

Here’s another one from the “probably not a good idea” department. Self-published writer Brendan Leonard had a bright idea: he might see if he could get his book more exposure by planting it in a Barnes & Noble store. All that was necessary for it to ring up was to have an ISBN bar code [...] Another scam on indie authors?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 9, 2014 // 2 Comments

Another scam targeting self-publishing and has apparently surfaced alongside the Penguin Random House-backed Author Solutions crowd:, which apparently is soliciting payments from authors to “offer your Kindle Books to our 635,148 hungry readers , and get up to 24,350+ free [...]

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