indie authors

Smashwords adds “assetless” pre-orders

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Smashwords is changing the way it allows pre-orders on its site for authors. Previously, the entire manuscript needed to be uploaded in order to take advantage of pre-orders, but that is no longer the case. Smashwords founder Mark Coker announced on the company’s blog that preorders are going [...]

Should authors respond to positive reviews?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

There have been plenty of stories over the years of authors who have gone a bit off the deep end when reacting to negative reviews. However, what should authors do when a good review comes along? Some have thanked the reviewer for their opinion, while others say nothing. Being thankful or silence. [...]

Finding time to write has led to publishing success for author Kathleen Brooks

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kathleen Brooks has story ideas constantly floating around in her mind. She tries to grab them all by putting them on paper. So far, a number of those ideas have turned into e-books – very successful e-books. Brooks is a best-selling writer with her works having appeared on the best sellers lists [...]

Are indie authors headed for doom and gloom?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
November 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

I recently posted a portion of Mark Coker’s keynote speech from the Self-Publishing Book Expo. The first half of the speech was about 10 trends in self-publishing, which sparked some interesting conversations. In the second half of the speech, Coker discussed ways authors can succeed, but he [...]

Morning Roundup: Hachette playing dirty tricks in Amazon dispute? History of book vending machines

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 19, 2014 // 4 Comments

Is Hachette Playing Dirty Tricks in Their Contract Dispute With Amazon? (The Passive Voice) PG says if Hachette wanted to take advantage of Amazon Derangement Syndrome to score PR points in a pricing dispute with Amazon, it could hardly find a more credulous audience for a phony story than The New [...]

Who is more relevant now: BookExpo America or GenCon?

By Chris Meadows
March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Earlier today, Susan wrote about Book Expo America adding a celebrity author convention this year. I find this interesting, but I wonder what they’re trying to prove here. Not many of those celebs are known for being writers; they’re celebs who are also writers. (Martin Short? Angelica [...]

Smashwords reviews the past year while predicting publishing trends for 2014

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smashwords’ CEO Mark Coker takes a look at the past year and what is planned ahead. Smashwords Year In Review Smashwords continued to see growth in 2013. The site began in 2008 with just a handful of books to give writers (including him) an outlet beyond traditional publishing. Every year, the [...]

Smashwords Announces New Self-Interview Tool for Authors

By libertyc
August 21, 2013 // 3 Comments

After reading a book from a new author or one I didn’t previously know much about, I tend to want to know more about that person. What other books have they written? Where did they get the idea for this particular story? What’s their writing process like? These are just a few of the basic [...]

From Retailer to Distributor: An interview with Smashwords CEO Mark Coker on the indie book site's growth

By libertyc
July 30, 2013 // 3 Comments

Smashwords rolled out preorders for its e-books this week, giving authors a new tool to work within its distribution network. You can read more about that here from Teleread’s Joanna Cabot. When Smashwords was first created, it was a place writers could sell their e-books. But the site quickly [...]

Morning Roundup: Indie publishing on Kickstarter; hackers attacking universities; and more

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

How Book Covers Have to Evolve in the Digital Age (Good e-Reader) As publishing adapts to changes in the technology of books, one area that still remains to adapt is the all-important cover art. Two unrelated articles today highlighted the serious considerations that authors and publishers need to [...]

Hugh Howey discusses movie deal and indie success

By libertyc
March 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

By now, the success of indie author Hugh Howey has been widely publicized, including here on TeleRead. Howey wrote Wool, a book split into five novellas set in a dystopian future. Read Joanna Cabot’s review of the Wool Omnibus here. Howey recently did a radio interview with Orla Barry of The [...]

More reviewers say 'yes' to indie authors today, but getting noticed is still an uphill climb

By libertyc
February 26, 2013 // 3 Comments

Allen Schatz published his first book two years ago. After things didn’t work out with an agent, he went the self-publishing route and knew he had to market on his own, which meant contacting reviewers. Some said yes, many said no. But Schatz noticed a change in the business around this time and [...]

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