Inkshares introduces Inkshares Credits to publishing crowdfunding system

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

I previously covered Inkshares, which purports to be “both a book publisher and crowdfunding platform,” acting as  sort of bridge between the Smashwords style of self-publishing platform and the crowdfunding publication approaches that you see on Indiegogo and elsewhere. Now the [...]

Stacey Dash and the incredible non-existent publishing scandal

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Stacey who? Sorry, maybe this is my Brit-ness coming out. But, who? I mean, funky-sounding monicker that could have been built for headlines, but all the same … who? Well, maybe that’s part of the problem. Adweek, and after them, Publishing Talk Daily, apparently thought there was [...]

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. [...]

Penguin caught out cheating readers on Zoella book launch?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 12, 2014 // 3 Comments

Showing the kind of ethics you would expect from the owners of Author Solutions, Penguin Random House has apparently been caught out in a lie over the launch of the bestseller Girl Online from social media celebrity Zoella (a.k.a. Zoe Sugg) previously covered in Teleread. Because, as reported in The Bookseller, Zoella was a.k.a. not-the-author, and the ghostwriter who actually penned most of the words, Siobhan Curham, received no credit. And the resulting shitstorm has been enough to drive Zoella herself off the medium that made her - the internet - at least temporarily. And now, The Guardian and many other sources are simply and directly asking: "How much of Girl Online did she really write?" [...]

Will new Facebook user news feed policies restrict authors?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

A Wall Street Journal article entitled “New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs” on new Facebook restrictions on user news feeds apparently due to come into force in January has already caused a stir in some self-publishing and independent publishing circles, including The Passive [...]

Scotland’s winter wonderland showcased in stunning freebie

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yes, this is a shameless puff on behalf of my beloved homeland – but it’s also a chance to pick up a beautiful and useful travel guide for zero cash, and to enjoy some superb state-of-the-art digital destination marketing. For VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism [...]

Writers, here’s how to time your social media self-promotion blitz

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

For those of you writer folks out there who have defied the wrath of Jonathan Franzen and opted for social media self-promotion as a valid way to publicize your latest epic (self-published or otherwise), here’s a useful infographic that details the all-important question of when to Tweet or [...]

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. [...]

Laura Fredericks on the future of publishing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

Laura Fredericks, founder and CEO of the writing community Describli, has put up a very interesting guest post on the future of publishing at the Independent Publishing Magazine – the same platform that had the good taste to commend me and Chris Meadows as shakers in the evolution of the [...]

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