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Who is more relevant now: BookExpo America or GenCon?
March 28, 2014 | 7:29 pm

avenue-close-up Earlier today, Susan wrote about Book Expo America adding a celebrity author convention this year. I find this interesting, but I wonder what they're trying to prove here. Not many of those celebs are known for being writers; they're celebs who are also writers. (Martin Short? Angelica Huston? Really?) And even the ones who are writers, like Grisham and Stan Lee (who didn’t even write for a book publisher to begin with), became so famous for their writing that now they’re more famous for being famous. Why don’t they just drop all pretense and get Snooki in...

Smashwords reviews the past year while predicting publishing trends for 2014
January 2, 2014 | 12:20 pm

Smashwords’ CEO Mark Coker takes a look at the past year and what is planned ahead. Smashwords Year In Review Smashwords continued to see growth in 2013. The site began in 2008 with just a handful of books to give writers (including him) an outlet beyond traditional publishing. Every year, the site has gotten bigger and bigger, becoming one of the most influential distribution outlets in the e-book market. In 2013, 25,000 new authors joined Smashwords bringing the total to more than 83,000 on the site. In addition, it added more than 85,000 book titles. Smashwords authors found success as well. Record revenue - Our...

Smashwords Announces New Self-Interview Tool for Authors
August 21, 2013 | 8:20 pm

After reading a book from a new author or one I didn’t previously know much about, I tend to want to know more about that person. What other books have they written? Where did they get the idea for this particular story? What's their writing process like? These are just a few of the basic questions I tend to ask myself, and yet when it’s a self-published author I'm interested in, I don't often find the answers. Google can only do so much. Smashwords, however, has developed a new tool—it's called Smashwords Interviews—that allows the authors on its site to give readers that...

From Retailer to Distributor: An interview with Smashwords CEO Mark Coker on the indie book site’s growth
July 30, 2013 | 8:24 pm

SmashwordsSmashwords rolled out preorders for its e-books this week, giving authors a new tool to work within its distribution network. You can read more about that here from Teleread’s Joanna Cabot. When Smashwords was first created, it was a place writers could sell their e-books. But the site quickly changed from retailer to distributor, getting books onto Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Apple iBooks among a number of other outlets. TeleRead had a chance to interview Smashwords CEO Mark Coker about the company's distribution network, and the changing publishing landscape. TeleRead: When did it seem that Smashwords was becoming more of a...

Morning Roundup: Indie publishing on Kickstarter; hackers attacking universities; and more
July 18, 2013 | 8:48 am

KickstarterHow Book Covers Have to Evolve in the Digital Age (Good e-Reader) As publishing adapts to changes in the technology of books, one area that still remains to adapt is the all-important cover art. Two unrelated articles today highlighted the serious considerations that authors and publishers need to make when designing the face that will ultimately help or hinder consumer purchases. * * * Ripping Off Indie Authors? Let Us Count the Ways (Indie Reader) Three years ago, when no one took self-publishing seriously, indie authors only had to worry about being ripped off by a vanity press, and that’s only if they were...

Hugh Howey discusses movie deal and indie success
March 5, 2013 | 2:51 pm

Hugh HoweyBy now, the success of indie author Hugh Howey has been widely publicized, including here on TeleRead. Howey wrote Wool, a book split into five novellas set in a dystopian future. Read Joanna Cabot’s review of the Wool Omnibus here. Howey recently did a radio interview with Orla Barry of The Green Room on Newstalk, during which he discussed his deal with movie director Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Black Hawk Down), who bought the movie rights to the book. Howey also discusses the rise in popularity of Wool. Howey didn’t expect Wool to take off the way it did, gaining steam without much marketing on...

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...