Parsing the Amazon Best-Seller Lists

By Joanna Cabot
May 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

Now that my first book  is up at the Kindle store, I have been reading a ton about Amazon rankings, trying to tweak the category listing for my title to give it broader exposure. I knew the book [...]

Morning Links: Vook to relaunch as Pronoun. Change to MacBook Pro

By Joanna Cabot
May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

My Personal List of What Should be Top-of-Mind for Publishers Around Digital Change Today (Mike Shatzkin) To prepare for DBW 2016, we need to decide what publishers need to be thinking about and [...]

Morning Links: Copyediting or proofreading? FCC to start policing broadband caps

By Joanna Cabot
May 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Business Musings: Burning Bridges (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) A freelance writer needs to be an artist and a businessperson. Sometimes those roles conflict. And sometimes we get put into truly [...]

Morning Links: Judy Blume advocates for library. Books which began as blogs

By Joanna Cabot
April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Four Indie Books That Began as Blogs (IndieReader) Check out this handful of great (gorgeous!) indie books that got their start as blogs. *** Is Agency Ebook Pricing Suppressing Sales? Hard to Say [...]

Tolino launches self-publishing platform in Germany

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

One of the leading German digital booksellers has launched a self-publishing platform. Tolino Media is giving indie authors another way to distribute books in Germany, according to Publishing [...]

Author Inc, Part 2: Setting up a Specialty Website Account

By Joanna Cabot
April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

I wrote earlier about my experiences setting myself up as a beginning author on the Kindle store. I found the experience pretty painless, overall. But how does another web store compare? Is it [...]

Morning Links: Freelance Scramble. Blueprint for digital afterlife

By Joanna Cabot
April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Freelance Scramble Part Three: The Unthinkable (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) The freelance scramble happens when the cash doesn’t flow the way that a writer expects it too. Longtime freelancers have [...]

My Experience as a KDP Newbie, Part 2: Becoming a Kindle Author

By Joanna Cabot
April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

I wrote yesterday about my decision to become a Kindle author. I plan to put some of my teaching stuff up down the road, and hope to promote them and make them a side business. But this first book [...]

My Experience as a KDP Newbie, Part 1: The Road to a Kindle eBook

By Joanna Cabot
April 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

I have a book which is up at the Kindle store! As I wrote last month, my desire to publish on the Kindle store was one of the reasons I switched my account over to So, what was my first [...]

French woman says ‘Happy People Read And Drink Coffee’

By Dan Bloom
April 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Agnes Martin-Lugand wrote a novel in Paris, self-published it in December 2013 and when it caught on with a wide readership, her writing career took off. Now her debut novel “Happy People Read [...]

Self-pub star Jasinda Wilder signs traditional book deal

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

A popular indie author is going a bit traditional. USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder has signed a deal with Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Random House, according [...]

Morning Links: How other watches compare to Apple Watch. Final Discworld novel

By Joanna Cabot
April 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

How Other Smartwatches Stack Up to Apple Watch (Re/Code) Smartwatches are quickly evolving from geeky, ugly devices into user-friendly, stylish wrist computers. *** Terry Pratchett’s Final [...]

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 [...]

Weekend Links: Harper Lee’s agent disputes elder abuse claim. Publishers posted solid 2014 gains

By Joanna Cabot
March 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Publishers Posted Solid 2014 Sales Gains (PW) Driven by gains in the children’s/young adult and K–12 instructional materials segments, publishers’ sales hit $15.72 billion in 2014, up 4.9% over [...]

Morning Links: Apple making iPads in classrooms easier. More on Little Free libraries

By Joanna Cabot
March 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

How My Little Free Library Became Self-Sustaining (Book Riot) The reality of running a Little Free Library is often much less bright and cheery. A lot of the books that get put in aren’t anything [...]

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