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Women In Horror hater outed: It’s Rod Labbe
February 21, 2015 | 12:25 pm

A very short time ago, I posted a piece on Mercedes M. Yardley's response to a certain unnamed individual who had posted a very nasty anti-women in horror rant about ... well, Women In Horror. At the time, I didn't know the identity of the original ranter, or the content of his screed. But I've since found out that that information, and the rant itself, are public knowledge, thanks to April Hawks and others. And he is: Rod Labbe. Labbe has removed his original posting since it started to attract (deserved) criticism. However, it's available courtesy of a great many posters. This is...

Self-Published Measles Book Target of an Amazon Backlash
February 13, 2015 | 12:25 pm

amazon backlashI have been following the measles outbreak with interest because, as a teacher, I work with kids on a daily basis. I am also pro-vaccination because I live with someone who is immune-compromised due to a lifelong health condition and so depends on herd immunity. We've been told that if the measles comes to our school, any unvaccinated children (including our entire Pre-K class, who are all under 4 years old and so have not received the full course) will be sent home for a month! This is a big deal for schools. We are being pushed, hard, to make...

Morning Links: Used eBook sales coming? In defense of self publishing
February 12, 2015 | 9:00 am

used ebook salesSecondhand Downloads: Are Used eBook Sales Coming? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) I know that's not the fiery response some might expect, but after watching the ebook market for the past 5 years I've come to believe that there's little or no market pressure for the resale of digital content. *** Why Publishers Are Obligated to Make Content Available Globally (Digital Book World) And while worldwide distribution is an often misunderstood yet market-changing feature of today’s bookselling world, doing it well is actually far more important than it sometimes needs. *** In Defense of Self-Publishing (Media Shift) There are so many op-eds these days on when or if...

SFWA announces membership qualifications for self-published and small press writers
February 3, 2015 | 9:10 pm

The Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA, has finally come through with its long-promised support for self-published and small press authors. A SFWA press release declares that complete details will be posted to the SFWA’s membership requirements page by March 1, 2015. (I have been informed that SFWA’s members refer to it as SFWA, sometimes pronounced “siff-wah,” rather than the SFWA, so I shall do so within this article.) The press release states that the requirements for Active Membership are having earned at least $3,000 via novel (it’s unclear whether that’s from one or several such novels over...

Self-publishing gets solid with SelfEspress
January 17, 2015 | 12:48 pm

espresso book machineSelf-publishing took one more step into the physical world with the announcement by On Demand Books, "creators of the patented Espresso Book Machine® (“EBM”) technology," of SelfEspress, "ODB’s new online self-publishing platform." This system appears designed to offer an end-to-end self-publishing system for writers - which also incorporates physical on-demand printing of their book. The announcement reads: From writing and design to printing and distribution, SelfEspress provides the self-published author with a user-friendly, do-it-yourself toolset, guiding the creator through every step of the publication process. Now book design, file creation and printing are easier than ever, and authors can also create eBook...

Smashwords shares year end report
January 2, 2015 | 12:25 pm

smashwords growth 2008-2014 Mark Coker of Smashwords has shared a year end review that contains some interesting nuggets for the ebook author and ereader community, in among all the upbeat reporting on his firm's continuing success. Though as it happens, one of the nuggets is the success of Smashwords - and what that says about the state of ebook publishing and self-publishing. For one thing, Smashwords' end-of-year progress graph shows a pretty uninterrupted upward curve in both authors using the service and particularly, titles published. The platform broke the 100,000 mark in number of authors in 2014, with 101,300 reported by Coker, and titles...

Tips of the day for self-publishers: The 10 commandments of typography
December 22, 2014 | 4:25 pm

One design-oriented set of tips that actually might be quite useful for self-publishers and independent publishing houses is the "10 Commandments of Typography" shared by Yardley, PA, logo and graphic design studio Designmantic. Their visual breakdown of Typography 101 (or in this instance, 10.1) could make a great deal of difference to the font choices and internal layout of a self-published book, as well as to the cover design. For instance, the sixth commandment - "stick to two fonts. Only go for three if you must" - could lead to far fewer eye-straining design excesses. And the seventh - "don't mix...

Finding time to write has led to publishing success for author Kathleen Brooks
December 15, 2014 | 12:25 pm

kathleen brooks headshotKathleen Brooks has story ideas constantly floating around in her mind. She tries to grab them all by putting them on paper. So far, a number of those ideas have turned into e-books – very successful e-books. Brooks is a best-selling writer with her works having appeared on the best sellers lists for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. But it wasn’t always that way. Brooks was once a lawyer who worked for a non-profit for animals. Those story ideas were just milling around until she finally took the leap as an indie author. “I think career change...

TIPM Publishing Service Index tracks fall of KDP, rise in CreateSpace, Smashwords
December 12, 2014 | 6:00 am

DEC-INDEXThe Independent Publishing Magazine runs a regular Publishing Service Index to track the popularity and uptake of the various self-publishing support services and platforms available currently to self-published authors. Rather than tracking scammers like Author Solutions and its various offshoots, this index is more about gauging the merits of the real services that writers are likely to use, and their options in getting their work out. And the top ten list of services in the latest iteration, for December 2014, shows that Kindle Direct Publishing is falling in popularity, consistent with the reports elsewhere that KDP and Kindle Unlimited have...

Thoughts on adjusting to Kindle Unlimited as an author
December 2, 2014 | 4:25 pm

kindle unlimitedThis post started its life as a comment to Nate's post on how authors are unhappy with Kindle Unlimited. It quickly grew to a post in its own right. I agree that Kindle Unlimited has not been a good thing for authors. I've seen the impact on my own sales. Before KU was launched,  I was on track to triple my income from last year. Looks like instead I'm going to do a bit better than doubling. Yes, that's disappointing. However, I decided when I started that I was looking at this long term, and I'm still having a way better...

Are indie authors headed for doom and gloom?
November 26, 2014 | 12:25 pm

indie authors doom and gloomI recently posted a portion of Mark Coker’s keynote speech from the Self-Publishing Book Expo. The first half of the speech was about 10 trends in self-publishing, which sparked some interesting conversations. In the second half of the speech, Coker discussed ways authors can succeed, but he started with the idea that self-publishing is getting more difficult for a number of reasons including more quality works being published and an over-supply of books. The Smashwords founder recently posted the second half of that speech on his blog (saving me the trouble of transcribing it). What Coker says is right, there is sobering news...

Smashwords’ Mark Coker deilvers keynote at Self-Publishing Book Expo
November 24, 2014 | 10:25 am

logoSelf-publishing isn’t going anywhere, and Smashwords’ Mark Coker recently took a look at how we got here. The Self-Publishing Book Expo was held in New York City recently with Coker giving the keynote address. Several trends have led to the explosion of self-publishing, and many of those reasons have allowed Smashwords to grow into a leading distributor of e-books. Here were Coker’s 10 trends in the self-publishing marketplace: 1. Rise of ebooks When Smashwords was incorporated in 2007, e-books accounted for one-half of one percent of the market, according to Coker. Amazon brought a lot of attention to the ebook market and it starting...