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 confusing to me. Then I had a retail experience yesterday which opened my eyes a little. When I came home [...]

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 independent published works to get attention from the literary establishment. Then he points out that [...]

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 are among our more vulnerable classes of workers. Book authors receive no benefits, no retirement [...]

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 might be experiencing some Interstellar déjà vu, I’m actually talking about Andy Weir’s [...]

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 looked into what an announced API is capable of. Namely, the upcoming iOS 9 Safari content blocking [...]

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 the royalty, though—Teachers Pay Teachers automatically sends out payments via Paypal, on [...]

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 even though companies like Amazon make them hard to avoid. Proprietary formats remind us of the [...]

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 it sooner, but Paul beat me to it this time because I saw it and was still mulling over what to say [...]

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 was not going to be a best-seller. It is a niche category, and I knew that. But it was a book I [...]

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 learning about next March, when the seventh annual DBW will take place. *** Vook to Relaunch as Free [...]

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 (DBW) The latest monthly data from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), for January 2015, [...]

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 Perspectives. Publishing Perspectives says that Tolino has already attracted a few notable German [...]

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 easier, or harder, to set oneself up there? For comparison, here is a recap of my first few days as a [...]

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 learned the dance that I call the freelance scramble, which is mostly about replacing expected [...]

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