self-published authors

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 [...]

Self-publishing and DCMA abuse: Could you be a target?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Self-published author Becca Mills has just shared details of what appears to be a particularly nasty scam or stalking practice targeting self-published authors: Use of fabricated DCMA claims to force [...]

SFWA announces membership qualifications for self-published and small press writers

By Chris Meadows
February 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA, has finally come through with its long-promised support for self-published and small press authors. A SFWA press release declares that complete [...]

Smashwords shares year end report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mark Coker of Smashwords has shared a year end review that contains some interesting nuggets for the ebook author and ereader community, in among all the upbeat reporting on his firm’s [...]

TIPM Publishing Service Index tracks fall of KDP, rise in CreateSpace, Smashwords

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

The Independent Publishing Magazine runs a regular Publishing Service Index to track the popularity and uptake of the various self-publishing support services and platforms available currently to [...]

The infographic way to decide whether self-publishing is for you

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 21, 2014 // 4 Comments

The Independent Publishing Magazine, which had the good taste to mention me and Chris Meadows in their breakdown of “The 12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following,” has also found a [...]

Molly Crabapple shares some tart, biting rules for creative success

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 6, 2014 // 3 Comments

New York-based artist and writer Molly Crabapple, a columnist for VICE and regular contributor to other publications, as well as a much-traveled visual artist dubbed “equal parts Hieronymus Bosch, [...]

The celebrity self-published author signing is the Next Big Thing? Ingram thinks so

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

I have to confess that even as a supposed savant of self-publishing, I hadn’t heard of Barbara Freethy, though she “is the author of 40 novels ranging from contemporary romance to [...]

RR Haywood fills London’s streets with zombies

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

Horror writer RR Haywood pulled off one of the UK’s more striking self-publishing promo stunts in London recently – but focused on something more serious than just driving sales. [...]

Hugh Howey gets behind self-publishing for literature

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hugh Howey Hugh Howey recently posted a thoughtful piece on the future contribution of self-publishing to literary fiction which seems to have sort of got lost amid all the excitement over his latest [...]

UK Alliance of Independent Authors launches #PublishingOpenUp campaign

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK’s Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) has announced the start of a campaign called #PublishingOpenUp,  “a petition, lobbying of the industry and guidebook,” which [...]

UK Association of Authors Agents president says publishers can charge authors

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

David Gaughran was kind enough to alert me to this piece in The Bookseller, which details some quite extraordinary revelations – and opinions – around a letter from Guy Rose of agency [...]

David Gaughran comments on Random House Writers’ Academy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

I contacted self-publishing savant David Gaughran for his opinion on the recent developments at Random House Writers’ Academy, and its current “Creative Writing for Beginners” [...]

Five rather odd trends in self-publishing for 2014

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

I just came across a rather curious article on MediaShift, which “explains how traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, music and movies are changing with digital [...]

Writers and Self-Promotion: Stop bleating, start writing

By libertyc
August 5, 2013 // 14 Comments

There have been a couple of very public effusions—and counterblasts—recently by and about the writers stepping onto the self-promotion treadmill as part of the new post-Kindle slog of selling [...]

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