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Will new Facebook user news feed policies restrict authors?
December 3, 2014 | 10:25 am

Facebook fingerA Wall Street Journal article entitled "New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs" on new Facebook restrictions on user news feeds apparently due to come into force in January has already caused a stir in some self-publishing and independent publishing circles, including The Passive Voice. The concern is that the restrictions on how on how much can be promoted or advertised via user news feeds will cut self-published authors and small presses off from a highly important promotional platform. The many kinds of small businesses covered in the WSJ article don't include authors or small publishers, but it's hard to see any...

Laura Fredericks on the future of publishing
October 12, 2014 | 3:30 pm

Laura Fredericks, founder and CEO of the writing community Describli, has put up a very interesting guest post on the future of publishing at the Independent Publishing Magazine - the same platform that had the good taste to commend me and Chris Meadows as shakers in the evolution of the industry. And she is not exactly recommending the status quo ante disruption. In fact, her call - and warning - for both publishers and writers is: connect (or be damned). Fredericks's take is that although "the future of publishing remains uncertain," the "even more direct connection between writers, readers, publishers, and publicity"...

Social media self-promotion for writers Lesson One: Do not beat up on your readers
September 8, 2014 | 10:25 am

Chelsea CainBest-selling crime author Chelsea Cain appears to have gone into social media meltdown in a really bad case of Author Meets Facebook. In a series of posts, she managed to diss on her readers for their asinine behavior and intrusive questions. She then managed to compound the damage. Her initial posts were taken down pretty promptly, apparently at the behest of her publisher. So the following is not first hand. But it is based on direct copies of the original posts like those you can see in this article, which have been widely corroborated. Cain wrote: I am not your personal customer service...

AuthorOffer.com: Another scam on indie authors?
April 9, 2014 | 10:37 am

AuthorOfferAnother scam targeting self-publishing and has apparently surfaced alongside the Penguin Random House-backed Author Solutions crowd: AuthorOffer.com, which apparently is soliciting payments from authors to "offer your Kindle Books to our 635,148 hungry readers , and get up to 24,350+ free downloads or 3390+ purchases for your book." Exactly how it's supposed to be doing this is not clear, because it seems from the site that all AuthorOffer.com does is to duplicate Amazon's updates of free and cut-price titles available on Kindle, and email that information out to its subscriber base. "Once you set your reading preferences, you’ll get a...

Anti-lessons in promotion for writers, the Colin Wilson way
December 12, 2013 | 10:25 am

colin wilsonIn the aftermath of the death of noted English writer, mystic, and eternal outsider Colin Wilson, when, as Nick Mamatas remarked, the dearth of good death notices showed that the newspapers didn't have canned obits ready to go for the inevitable day, The Independent has run a handy guide on to how to achieve literary obscurity, Wilson style. For all self-publishing, self-promoting and otherwise fame-hungry writers out there, it's a useful shortlist - but perhaps one that one can take issue with. Which is what I'm going to do, right now. So here is Terence Blacker's list, with qualifiers and exceptions...

Livrada Now Offering E-Book Cards for Authors
February 11, 2013 | 4:58 pm

Livrada e-book cards for authorsAfter closing a $1 million seed funding round led by ICG Ventures, Livrada just went live with e-book cards authors can sell at events, such as conferences, trade shows, books signings and the like. E-book-only authors (like myself) run into problems trying to sell their books at events. What do you do? Have a laptop or tablet set up so people can sign-in to their Amazon account and buy your books? Just think though the logistical nightmare of that for a minute. (I tried to do it last month at a conference. Didn't work.) But selling cards like this? Great idea. It allows authors...