self-publishing

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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” [...]

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 [...]

Salon wishes Amazon an unhappy 20th birthday

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2015 // 6 Comments

Amazon is just about to turn 20, and Salon has a hit piece with five reasons to wish Amazon an “unhappy birthday.” Of course, the fact that Salon dislikes Amazon is not exactly a surprise. In [...]

Writer Inc: Month 2

By Joanna Cabot
July 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

It has been an exciting first month for me on the Kindle store. I sold 5 books, and released my latest title just before the weekend. I am learning a lot about the eBook business as I go! Here are a [...]

What Indie Authors Can Learn from Big Retail

By Joanna Cabot
June 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a relative Twitter newbie, I have been burning up my Kindle Unlimited downloads this month on social media guides for authors. How much to tweet? What to say? How to say it? It all felt so [...]

Independent publishing’s ‘Kickstarter moment’

By Chris Meadows
June 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Publishing may finally be having its “Kickstarter moment.” That’s the opinion of writer John Biggs in the piece he posted to TechCrunch today. Biggs discusses how hard it has been for [...]

Author’s Guild Proposing Contract Challenges

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

Now this is a step in the right direction, assuming they follow through on it. The Author’s Guild is proposing an initiative for fair author contracts, and I think they are right on. Authors [...]

The Martian: An accidental self-publishing success story

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2015 // 7 Comments

A new science fiction movie by a well-known director is on the horizon. Matt Damon plays an astronaut, stranded alone on a planet inimical to human life. It also features Jessica Chastain. While you [...]

Morning Links: Reports of iOS Ad Blocking May Be Premature. Fix or Replace?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

iOS 9 content blocking extensions are not a mobile advertising armageddon (Baldur Bjarnason) Over the past couple of days I sat down and did what most tech columnists seem unwilling to do: I actually [...]

Author Inc: My First Royalty Payment

By Joanna Cabot
June 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

Today seemed like a timely day for another update on my Amazon business, for two reasons: my first royalty payment is on the way, and my first original book is out! Don’t get too excited about [...]

E-book-lovers vs. proprietary formats (yes, P is still evil)

By David Rothman
June 6, 2015 // 10 Comments

TeleRead writers traditionally have been strong supporters of e-book standards. No blinking. No hesitation. ePub is the way to go in most cases. The majority of us have just hated proprietary formats [...]

More on the ‘Author Income’ Crisis

By Joanna Cabot
June 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve been thinking some more about the ‘author income’ crisis Paul wrote about earlier this week. I typically find Teleread’s Canadian news first because I am local so I see [...]

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