Simon & Schuster launches social media initiative with Milq … who?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

In a news item that made it all the way to the top slot on Publishing Talk Daily, Simon & Schuster has just demonstrated how totally well it gets this social media stuff by announcing an exclusive book publisher partnership with Milq. That’s right: Milq. Yes, you heard it: Milq. In case [...]

Scottish literature after the referendum

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

The referendum on Scottish independence gave Scottish literature, and Scottish culture, greater prominence as a separate force in the English-speaking world than at any time in recent decades. Arguably, that’s no less than the post-war generations of writers that have numbered Iain Banks, [...]

Facebook reveals the top 100 books that have stayed with users

By Susan Lulgjuraj
September 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

If you logged onto Facebook recently, you may have noticed some of your friends talking about 10 books that stayed with them in some way. They then tagged someone in turn – maybe you – to continue the list. Facebook has brought all the data together from these status updates to show what books [...]

Twitter’s potential changes could affect author promotion

By Susan Lulgjuraj
September 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

So Twitter wants to change things. According to multiple reports (you can find here, here, and here), Twitter is more than considering changing the way users see their feeds. Exactly how is not entirely clear yet as many have looked at smaller changes such as bringing back out tweets from users you [...]

Morning Roundup: Amazon expands Same Day Delivery. Nook Glowlight now in UK

By Joanna Cabot
August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Barnes & Noble Launches Nook Glowlight in UK (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble has just launched their Nook Glowlight e-Reader in the UK for £89. It will be available this week at Argos, Currys/PC World, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and bookshop chain Foyles. *** More than 20,000 People Are [...]

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 [...]

Beware the First of April!

By Chris Meadows
March 31, 2014 // 3 Comments

The dark time is upon us once again. Tomorrow marks April Fool’s Day. (In fact, in some parts of the world it’s April 1 already.) Remember to be careful believing and sharing what you read for the next few days until the joke posts age off the pages. If it seems too good (or too terrible) to be [...]

Web IM aggregator decides to stop supporting other IM services

By Chris Meadows
March 2, 2014 // 6 Comments

Well, that’s remarkably stupid. I just received an email today from, an instant message web/mobile app that I’ve used on my desktop computer, my iOS devices, and my Android devices. The point of the service was to aggregate multiple accounts—AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo, Facebook, [...]

Facebook: authors need to rethink strategy in light of latest changes

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 23, 2014 // 7 Comments

Authors will have to re-think how they use Facebook. The social media company announced its changing the way updates from brand Pages will appear in Facebook feeds. Many authors have fan pages instead of profiles and will need to adjust based on the new algorithms, according to a post from [...]

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