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Morning Roundup: Distee, new ebook distributor. Why publishers should care about wearables and more
April 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

disteeThe Ten Worst Things You Can Say to a Writer During a Book Launch (Huffington Post) For anyone who knows a writer launching a book, therefore, I have compiled a list of things not to say if you want to avoid provoking a tearful outburst: *** New eBook Dstributor Distee Launches Flat-fee Model (The Digital Reader) Distee, a new distributor which launching this week, takes a different approach. This firm is offering to distribute an author’s ebooks to major ebookstores in exchange for a flat monthly fee. *** Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week (GalleyCat) Oxford University Press is making its...

Six reasons to use a pen name
April 6, 2014 | 12:08 pm

mynameispenname When an author publishes a book, they need to make a decision before the book hits the market. Do they want to use a pen name? Here are six reasons why a writer may want to use a pen name. 1. You write erotica: There is nothing wrong with writing in the genre, but writers may want to choose a pen name because they don’t want close friends or relatives to know. They may want to hide that book from dear old dad. 2. You write under different genres: If an author writes under several genres, they may want to use a different name...

I just got my first royalty statement. Evah.
March 29, 2014 | 10:25 am

royalty statementIn some kind of testament to the enduring power of intellectual property and copyright, the UK's Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) finally caught up with me last year, with a bunch of royalties owed me from way back. Then after a further delay, payment at last arrived, and now, a summary statement of the whole transaction. Only, I have no idea what it's for. This royalty statement could apply to over 20 years' worth of cumulative royalties. Unfortunately, without a clear breakdown of what titles it's for, it's a guessing game as to what I'm getting paid for (or perhaps...

Morning Roundup: JK Rowling can do what she wants, eBook subscriptions to change publishing?
March 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

ebook subscriptionsJK Rowling Can do Whatever the F--- She Wants (Book Riot) Here’s the thing about writing a response piece. You don’t want the opinion your response is directed toward to be completely idiotic and insane. *** Make Your Website Do the Work: The 6 Site MUST-Haves to Sell More Books, Improve Your Credibility and Grow Your Following (Author U) Simply put, your website is the hub and heart of everything you do online. This is your chance to completely express who you are, what you do and the value you can add to others. *** eBook Subscription, Part 1: Will it Change Publishing? (Brave New...

How to reward great authors when reading them through (legal) free means
February 12, 2014 | 12:53 pm

reward great authorsI have just finished my first five-star read of the year---which I know is not saying much given that it's only February, but it's been a long time since I've read a book which really knocks my socks off. The book---[easyazon-link asin="B008QXVDJ0" locale="us"]The Golem and the Jinni[/easyazon-link] by Helene Wecker---is set in turn-of-the-century New York City (and is rich in historical details of this period) and finds the two titular mythical creatures washed up randomly upon its shore. The Jinni, a creature of fire, finds water-logged New York City unsettling, and hooks up with a mentor (a Syrian tinsmith) who tries...

Morning Roundup: Lines between publisher and platform blur, Does your author website measure up and more
February 10, 2014 | 8:55 am

author websiteRequired College Content Continuing to Move From Textbooks to Digital Materials (Digital Book World) More students are reporting that required course content for college courses is steadily moving away from formal textbooks and toward digital materials, according to the latest Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education study from the Book Industry Study Group. *** As the Line Between Platform and Publisher Continues to Blur, Who Wins? (GigaOM) The term “platishers” is a terrible one, but Jonathan Glick of Sulia has a point about the increasingly blurred lines between platforms and publishers. The real question is what the duties of those platforms are towards...

The creative writing conspiracy outed
January 25, 2014 | 12:36 pm

Science fiction writer Rahul Kanakia, already featured previously in TeleRead, has penned an acid-etched portrait of the U.S. creative writing establishment that should be required reading for any new or aspirant writers, so that you know what you're getting into - or struggling against.  You can get the tone from the title: "Why you should hate the creative writing establishment (…as if you needed any more reasons)" Not only does Kanakia draw attention to the class divide between the kind of fellow writers he has met in the Master of Fine Arts program and the Clarion Writers' Workshop at UC San Diego,...

Deconstructing ‘Author Satisfaction.’
January 17, 2014 | 2:28 pm

author satisfactionAn article at Digital Book World reports on a study they did with Writer's Digest magazine, polling "over 9,000 aspiring, self-published, traditionally published and 'hybrid” authors.' They concluded that authors, on the whole, are 'not satisfied.' But how true is that? I looked more closely at some of their numbers, and the conclusions they reached about author satisfaction made perfect sense to me. There were areas where each author community did show 'dissatisfaction.' But those areas strongly correlated to areas in which that particular author group had to to either work harder or cede more control to others. I'm not...

Jack Matthews: Author Died Earlier This Month At Age 88
December 20, 2013 | 1:34 pm

Jack MatthewsThis crossed my desk a few days ago, and since Jack Matthews has been written about on TeleRead in the past, I thought I'd note his recent passing. I read the old article, and I thought it was interesting how a (then) living author with 20+ books had been so ignored by the Internet. No books on Kindle. No Wikipedia entry. No reviews of book that were available on Amazon. (I checked, and they aren't now.) Those of us who write about publishing talk about how the Internet now means that books will be available forever and how that's a good thing....

Why do writers publish? What do they make? Social science findings from DBW
December 10, 2013 | 4:10 pm

Digital Book World has released the first three excerpts from some extremely detailed social science research into the practices and performance of writers, based on a joint survey with Writer's Digest under the direction of  Dana Beth Weinberg, Harvard University alumnus and Professor of Sociology at Queens College at CUNY, where she directs the MA Program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research. "Over 9,000 authors participated in the survey and the results are nothing short of astounding," reads DBW's preamble. Whether astounding is the right qualifier or not, they are certainly fascinating, and Weinberg's detailed breakdowns of why writers...

Want to be a writer? Call your career advisor NOW!
November 29, 2013 | 4:42 pm

Oops, did I mess up big time?! And you think you might want to be a writer too? Well, our chosen profession and vocation just happen to come out low and rock bottom in terms of career choices. At least according to, via the Wall Street Journal. Their poll of the  Best and Worst Jobs of 2013, listing the top - and bottom - 200 professions, ranked "Author" as No. 156 and "Newspaper Reporter" as No. 200. Bummer, eh? If I'd turned right instead of left along that critical career path, I could have aspired to the heights of...

Morning Roundup: Authors Don’t Exist?, Fantasy Authors Band Together more
October 24, 2013 | 8:59 am

authorsAuthors Don't Exist in the Digital Age (Digital Book World) Consider these riddles: If a tree falls in the forest but no one hears, does it make a sound? If someone writes a book but no one buys it, does it make that person an author? *** Kobo Arc 7 HD Review (GoodeReader) There are lots of new tablets hitting the market right now to take advantage of the holiday season, how does this stack up against the competition? *** Conde Nast Discontinuing Internship Program (WWD) Condé Nast has decided to discontinue its internship program starting in 2014, WWD has learned. The end of the program comes...