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Kristine Kathryn Rusch Spins a Traditional Publishing Horror Story
June 20, 2013 | 7:38 pm

Days-of-Rage-ebook-14C5CD8Self-publishing booster Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who has had a great deal of experience both editing and writing under the traditional publishing system, has posted another excellent essay about the business of writing to her blog, The Business Rusch. (See earlier TeleRead coverage of Rusch’s posts.) In this post, she details how mistreatment by the traditional publishing industry killed a novel series and very nearly her love of writing altogether. Rusch wrote the Smokey Dalton books, a hard-boiled detective series featuring a male black character as the first-person protagonist—and encountered surprising amounts of resistance at every turn. It seemed that, judging by...

More reviewers say ‘yes’ to indie authors today, but getting noticed is still an uphill climb
February 26, 2013 | 10:10 pm

More reviewers say 'yes' to indie authors todayAllen Schatz published his first book two years ago. After things didn’t work out with an agent, he went the self-publishing route and knew he had to market on his own, which meant contacting reviewers. Some said yes, many said no. But Schatz noticed a change in the business around this time and self-publishing didn’t seem like a death sentence for his writing career. “By the time my former agent released me, things had changed enough for me to go the self-publishing route,” said Schatz, whose first book was Game 7: Dead Ball. “It really wasn’t hard finding reviewers. There are a number of...

Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Publishers mishandle indie authors, fail to learn from mistakes
April 22, 2012 | 9:18 pm

In her latest “The Business Rusch” column, Kristine Kathryn Rusch calls attention to the fact that this year a reporting Pulitzer went to an online-only publication, the Huffington Post, for the first time ever. Most traditional news outlets have been concentrating on the fact that no fiction Pulitzer was awarded this year, because (Mrs. Rusch posits) the Huffington Post news scared them. Rusch points out that even if the Post is a non-traditional publication, the reporter who penned the story is a 66-year-old seasoned journalist who has worked for many traditional publications in his time—and uses the “traditional...

Amanda Hocking discusses $2 million publishing deal
January 25, 2012 | 10:45 pm

FutureBook’s Philip Jones had the chance to talk with self-publishing star Amanda Hocking, whose move to a $2 million traditional publishing deal with St. Martin’s Press caused some controversy in self-publishing circles last year. In the interview, she confirms that Amazon actually made a higher monetary bid to publish her books, but she was concerned that the company would not be able to convince other bookstores to carry the printed versions. Hocking discusses the reasons for her switch—mainly that she wanted to be able to devote more time to writing rather than to all the fiddly little things that...

Germany’s Amada Hocking, by Atilla Lukacs
January 12, 2012 | 8:37 am

512ETjIMSlL BO2 204 203 200 PIsitb sticker arrow click TopRight 35 76 AA300 SH20 AA278 PIkin4 BottomRight 51 22 AA300 SH20 OU01 Received an update from  Atilla in Hungary: Hi, Paul, Just want to let you know that my book (SLOW BUT GROWING - THE HUNGARIAN EBOOK MARKET) is a KDP Select title from now. I am working on another material (an ebook on ebook and e-publishing stories from around world), hope that is going to do better than Slow But Growing which has sold about a dozen copies so far. I am disappointed about this but I find KDP Select a good initiative from Amazon so I enrolled my title. But let me present you a German ebook author's story who has sold hundreds...

Amazon adds Amanda Hocking, David Baldacci, and Stephenie Meyer to Kindle Million Club
November 10, 2011 | 12:14 am

It’s been a big day for Amazon press releases. I suppose that the company is trying to snag as much publicity as possible in the run up to the launch of the Kindle Fire. But today Amazon announced that it has added three more authors to the “Kindle Million Club”, bringing the total of authors who’ve sold over one million e-books to 14. The three new authors include David Baldacci, Stephenie Meyer, and self-publishing prodigy Amanda Hocking. (It’s a little odd Amazon’s waited this long; Hocking said she’d sold over 1 million e-books in March, but again, timing...

Amazon’s moves into publishing business cause traditional publishers to feel threatened
October 17, 2011 | 12:20 pm

The New York Times is carrying a piece about how Amazon is moving to act as a combined publisher/retailer, cutting out traditional publishers. The company already tried to snag a series by self-publishing prodigy Amanda Hocking, offering the largest advance of any publisher in the auction, but lost out due to fears that competing bookstores might not carry Amazon-published books. But it looks as if those fears are not stopping writers such as actress and director Penny Marshall, who an anonymous source claims has scored an $800,000 advance for an autobiography. And Amazon is reportedly trying to woo established...

Good eReader profiles self-publishing author Gordon Bonnet
May 4, 2011 | 12:25 am

3cbbfb64-a0b2-4f3e-8fc6-8723828ed43e[5]Good eReader has a profile of self-publishing author Gordon Bonnet, a science teacher who writes paranormal fiction in his spare time. Bonnet found that he simply didn’t have enough of that spare time to devote to the process of finding an agent and working with publishers to meet editorial deadlines. So he decided to self-publish (his book Shadowboxing can be found for $2.99 via the Kindle store), but found it could be tricky to stand out from the rest of the self-publishing crowd. Like many other self-publishing authors, Bonnet turned to his friends to help him learn how to...

Michael Stackpole explains why some authors are scared of self-publishing
April 26, 2011 | 12:23 am

Carrying on the electronic self-publishing theme of my posts tonight, Michael Stackpole (whose self-publishing efforts we’ve covered before) has a blog post talking about the reasons some authors fear self-e-publishing. He discusses the perceived illegitimacy of self-published books (a holdover from the pre-Internet days when self-publishing meant “vanity press”), pointing out that the traditional publishers don’t exactly have clean hands in that regard anymore either. Traditional publishing surrendered it’s claim to being gatekeepers every time they let a crap novel get printed. Am I to believe that Snooki is ever going to be short-listed for...

A frontlist first: took part in the Amanda Hocking book auction
April 2, 2011 | 12:59 pm

Crain’s New York Business reports that the multi-publisher auction that resulted in Amanda Hocking signing a two-million-dollar four-book deal with St. Martin’s Press had one unexpected participant— Although Amazon has worked several exclusive deals to publish backlist books or specialty projects (most recently signing the Catherine Cookson estate for a 95-book deal), this is believed to be the first time the company actually competed for the right to publish frontlist titles. If Amazon had won the auction, the print editions of the books would have been published by Houton Mifflin Harcourt, which could theoretically have meant the books...

Author-driven marketing: What is an introvert author to do?
March 30, 2011 | 12:02 am

Salon Magazine’s Laura Miller has an article looking at the recent moves by Barry Eisler away from and Amanda Hocking toward traditional publishing, and how the current author-marketed nature of the publishing industry means that even traditionally-published authors have to be their own publicist to a greater or lesser extent. This is, of course, a problem that has been apparent at least ever since the Internet expanded beyond the ivory towers of government and academia, and publishers started standing back and letting authors do more of their own marketing while they did less. It didn’t spring fully-formed from the...

Amanda Hocking explains the reasoning behind her publishing deal
March 25, 2011 | 11:34 pm

In light of the official announcement of her seven-figure publishing contract, Amanda Hocking wrote a longer blog post going into complete detail about why she wanted the deal. She notes with more than a little irony: [It] is crazy that we live in a time that I have to justify taking a seven-figure a publishing deal with St. Martin's. Ten years ago, nobody would question this. Now everybody is. Her reasons boil down to getting her work out to readers who want to get her works from bookstores, readers have complained about the quality...