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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...

UK Alliance of Independent Authors launches #PublishingOpenUp campaign
March 25, 2014 | 4:25 pm

self-publishersThe UK's Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) has announced the start of a campaign called #PublishingOpenUp,  "a petition, lobbying of the industry and guidebook," which "urges but also aids the book and literary industries to incorporate more self-publishers into their programmes." The petition, up on Change.org, is here, and begins: "Many independent self-publishing authors are producing work of proven value to readers. Literary organisations, events managers, book stores, libraries and reviewers must now find ways to include them." ALLi director Orna Ross, in her post on the topic entitled "Why Self-publishing Is So Good For Literary Culture," points out that: "Half...

Porter Anderson: The authors are revolting
March 25, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Well, perhaps that's a little too strong. But veteran ebook/publishing journalist Porter Anderson, over on Thought Catalog, has penned a very interesting and challenging update to his earlier interview with Hugh Howey on author advocacy. It examines the phenomenon of: "A New Voice in the Book World: The Author." Porter Anderson's argument is simply that digital disruption in the book world has led directly to author empowerment - to authors transitioning from passive media assets - albeit sometimes highly volatile ones that required careful handling - into active agents and even competitors of their erstwhile publishing elders and betters. "Of all...

Nielsen Books & Consumers survey shows UK ebook sales up 20 percent in 2013
March 21, 2014 | 4:38 pm

Research firm Nielsen has just released its Books & Consumers survey for the UK book market in 2013, and the data shows ebooks forging ahead against a marginal decline in overall purchases in Britain last year. According to the survey precis, last year saw "a 20% increase in e-book purchasing, with UK consumers buying an estimated 80 million e-books in 2013, with spending on this format reaching £300 million [$495 million] ... E-books accounted for one in four consumer book purchases in 2013, up from one in five in 2012, with their share of spending rising to 14%. In Adult...

Enders Analysis report reaches questionable conclusions on UK ebook growth
March 19, 2014 | 4:10 pm

A research report "Creative UK: Overview of the digital transformation of the UK creative economy," co-produced by Enders Analysis and Bain & Company, has concluded, in terms that The Bookseller has chosen to highlight, that "in volume terms, we expect e-books to become about 35% of the total market in the next two years, and then continue to rise only very slowly." Unless I'm not reading this report in enough detail, I'm not clear what data this conclusion is based on. The tone of the entire report is very anecdotal, rather than detail-driven, and there's no clear indication whether, for...

Ryk Spoor launches Kickstarter to fund new Oz novel
March 15, 2014 | 5:27 am

polychromeHere’s a worthy-looking Kickstarter project. Ryk Spoor, one of the Baen stable of authors, is looking to self-publish Polychrome, his modern-day pastiche on the public-domain Oz setting. He’s already offered it to multiple publishers, but none of them seems to have been able to figure out quite what to do with it. He hopes to raise at least $5,000 to cover the cost of having the book professionally edited, formatted, and polished up for self-publication. Of course, you can make the argument that he could just self-publish it as-is, for free; if it’s good enough for a zillion other...

Morning Links: Self-publishing is going to get bigger. Using samples for discoverability and more
March 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

self-publishingThe Business Rusch: Samples (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I write a lot of short stories. I love them, which is one reason I write them. I also write short stories as a means to world-build my novels. *** Transformative or just taking? Lawyers struggle to define fair use in wake of Google Books case (GigaOM) The idea of “fair use” provides a critical exception to copyright law for artists, journalists and others. Increasingly, courts are asking if the new use is “transformative” – does this make sense? *** Self-Publishing is Just Going to Get Bigger, Embrace it (Brave New World) Some claim that by 2020 50% of all...

Beware Author Solutions, and never ever pay for publishing
March 9, 2014 | 1:11 pm

Author SolutionsIf this isn’t Rule One of self-publishing, it should be: You should never, ever, ever pay someone to publish your work for you. Full stop. End of sentence. Now, it’s fine to pay for useful services, of course. If you can afford it, it could be a good investment to pay someone to edit your work, or to design your cover art, or even to format your book for you if you don’t feel confident of your own skills in that regard. (Though I’d honestly recommend paying $40 for Scrivener and spending a few days learning...

Why the Term ‘Professional’ Should Matter to Writers
March 8, 2014 | 6:25 pm

writersI have just read Susan's response to Michael Koslowski at GoodeReader, and I would like to offer another perspective for both readers and authors to consider. I will state first off that I have no particular axe to grind with either Michael or Susan; I have worked with Susan a few times during our respective tenures here at Teleread, and I read and enjoy Michael's blog. But I think that Susan's plaintive 'why does it matter?' is a little disingenuous. It does matter. Let me give you an example as to why. We have a family in our school community who...

Self-publishers should call themselves whatever they want
March 8, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Yep, I’m the jerk who clicked on the link because I thought the headline was idiotic. Then, I read the post and still thought everything about it was idiotic. Now, if you have read my previous posts on Teleread, I tend to aim for a balanced approach to things, usually sticking to the news of a story. However, I couldn’t ignore this post on Good E-Reader. The premise: Shockingly (that was sarcasm), Michael Kozlowski at Good E-Reader wrote a post saying that self-publishers should not be called authors. Here’s an excerpt: Just because its easy to upload your written word, so that it can be...

Outskirts launches a self-publishing platform for iBooks
March 6, 2014 | 2:18 pm

Denver-based Outskirts Press, which claims to be "the fastest-growing full-service book publishing and book marketing firm," has just launched a self-publishing platform for authors targeting the iBooks platform, with an iPad/iPhone standard edition package for $299, according to an announcement made via the London Book Fair. How this offering differs from the current "iPad/iPhone Premium Edition with Private Label iBooks Distribution" package available off the Outskirts website for $699 is not clear. The product blurb for the package outlines what it can achieve but not how it works - such as whether Outskirts undertakes to edit a manuscript delivered to it,...

One survey on marketing for self-publishing
March 4, 2014 | 6:25 pm

With the glut of surveys, polls, and studies of all kinds on the mechanics and economics of self-publishing, it's no surprise to see another one released, especially when that one is backed by an entity with a strong interest in the business area surveyed. As recounted by a press release with the modest title "New Survey Reveals Best Practices in eBook Self-Publishing," this report, "based on a survey of over 300 independent authors ... identifies trends and best practices around planning, executing and measuring a successful promotion of an eBook." The survey was conducted by Sellbox, which "specializes in helping...