Self-publishing writers can make digital marketing mistakes, too

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

ReadWrite has a guest post from a digital marketing manager who enumerates all the mistakes that entrepreneurs make in trying to market their company or product digitally. I’m not going to enumerate them all here, but they include some fairly common-sense things like “Failing to understand your [...]

A self-published bestseller helps children get to sleep

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Guardian reports on a 2014 Swedish self-published picture book whose English translation has, by word of mouth, suddenly shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. While it doesn’t seem to work for everyone, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep helps a [...]

eBooksAreForever wants to help indie authors get into libraries, and libraries to own e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Coming up with a way to get independent e-books into libraries is a tricky issue. You’ve got programs like Smashwords’s collaboration with OverDrive (which can be a trifle confusing, even leaving aside critics complaining about the selection) and Library Journal’s SELF-e Select. There are [...]

Show Notes: TeleRead Podcast Gen Con 2015 Interviews (1 of 2)

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s taken me much longer than it should have, but I finally got around to uploading the first half of my collection of audio interviews from Gen Con this year to the TeleRead Podcast. I apologize for the low quality of the recordings; I’ll be using a different device next time I do such [...]

Hugh Howey believes going Amazon-exclusive is worth it, thanks to Kindle Unlimited

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hugh Howey’s latest blog post talks about his experimentation with the Kindle Unlimited subscription e-book program. He had participated in the program before as part of a trial, but had pulled his books once the trial ended. However, since the change to payment terms, Howey wanted to try it out [...]

Self-published writers vs. snobbery: Problem lingers despite triumphs like ‘The Martian’

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

We all know how it used to be. Self-publishing was vanity publishing. The only operations out there that would do it for you would charge so much that your book would be so expensive only friends and family would buy it. I’ve mentioned someone coming to my high school and lecturing about what a [...]

Publishers behaving badly?

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sarah Hoyt has a post today discussing a sudden reappearance of her Bantam works in bookstores after the rights to them reverted to her, under a contract clause allowing them to sell any left-over copies still in their warehouse after reversion. The odd thing is, Hoyt says she’d been told years [...]

The ethics of web scraping

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 2 Comments

On the Global Investigative Journalism Network, Nael Shiab looks at the question of journalistic ethics in gathering data via web scraping. The article considers the moral aspects of whether and how to identify yourself as a journalist, whether to open-source the code you use for your bot, and so [...]

Will the ‘big dogs’ ever leave the big publishers?

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Most of the the time, The Passive Voice just excerpts and reposts interesting articles, but every so often Passive Guy adds commentary of his own. Recently, he had some interesting things to say about a story on Thought Catalog in which Porter Anderson discusses the pieces by Mike Shatzkin and [...]

Of communities and writing quality

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

On Futurebook, Porter Anderson has been doing a lot of thinking about the writing community lately. In particular, they’re wondering whether “community” is a good or bad thing. “Community” can have a lot of shades of meaning when it comes to writing. For example, there are shared [...]

Doing the math on Kindle Unlimited

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

There has been much grumbling about the Kindle Unlimited payment terms change, though folks like author Hugh Howey have pointed out that it probably didn’t affect the payout by a huge amount in the grand scheme of things. But now that it’s been around for a month or so, there’s been time for [...]

‘How to Publish Ebooks’: The basics from Smashwords founder Mark Coker

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mark Coker of Smashwords has probably forgotten more about self-publishing than many people will ever know. But luckily for us, he has put everything he does remember about self-publishing into a series of four 90-minute presentations he gave at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference in Seattle. [...]

Diane Duane discusses selling e-books, writing and rewriting books in latest TeleRead podcast

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

On the TeleRead podcast today, I had an excellent interview with Diane Duane. We also had good questions from a number of chat participants, one of whom walked away with the 9-book Young Wizards New Millennium Edition collection. (He or she had to leave shortly before the drawing; hopefully they [...]

TeleRead Links: Diane Duane retrospective for podcast today at noon Eastern

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

In honor of my forthcoming live interview with Diane Duane at noon today, I’ve gone back through our coverage of her over the last few years to pull up some of the more interesting stories. (These aren’t all of them; just the ones I thought were worthy of calling out.) Feel free to read some of [...]

What can we learn from a ‘Kindle Gold Rusher’?

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 11 Comments

Here’s a story that’s been getting some play over the last couple of days. There’s a piece on The Hustler from a fellow named Sidd Finch who reportedly makes $150,000 a year by gaming the system on Amazon as a “Kindle Gold Rusher”. (Found via The Passive Voice.) He started out by looking [...]

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