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David Gaughran announces Writer’s Digest split with Author Solutions brand
June 23, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Writer's DigestAs readers may remember, in February David Gaughran reported that UK book trade bible The Bookseller had severed its advertising links with Penguin Random House vanity press powerhouse Author Solutions, and would no longer accept advertising from any of its brands. Gaughran has now followed up with dramatic news that U.S. writer support and services platform Writer's Digest is also cutting its ties with Abbott Press, the joint venture it launched with Author Solutions to considerable criticism in TeleRead and elsewhere. As can be verified on the Abbott Press website, the company no longer carries any logo or other information specifically...

Weekend Links: Father’s Day Kindle sale. Evolution of the Sony Reader and more
June 15, 2014 | 10:52 am

kindle saleKindles on Sale for Father's Day (GalleyCat) Amazon is running a Father’s Day sale on Kindle Fire HDX devices and Amazon Fire TV devices. *** The Evolution of the Sony Reader---in Pictures (GoodeReader) There is a long storied history of Sony being involved in the e-Reader sector and they released more models than anyone in the entire industry. *** Four Ways to Rock Goodread's New Ask the Author Feature (Digital Book World) At the 2014 BEA Conference, Patrick Brown, Director of Author Marketing at Goodreads offered some tips for authors to get the most out of this new feature. *** Self-Published eBooks Accounted for Half of the Growth of...

Did you know you can trademark a series title?
June 11, 2014 | 2:26 pm

trademark a series titleI knew you couldn't copyright or trademark a book title, but until recently, I never realized you could trademark a series title. Then I saw a discussion on KBoards that mentioned it. (Sorry, can't find the thread again.) I contacted my local trademark attorney, and we filed the paperwork. It's dead simple. You need to have at least two books in the series published (to establish it as a series), and you need to show the mark in use. I sent him a link to one of my Amazon book pages, which was sufficient. As you can see, it's not on the...

Violinist Lindsey Stirling’s success story is like those of self-publishers
June 11, 2014 | 7:47 am

lindsey-stirling-music-33545711-2560-1440A creative talent is told by the establishment that she’s “unmarketable,” but goes on to leverage social Internet media to become a new rising star. This is the success story of many self-publishing writers, but the phenomenon isn’t unique to writers. I ran across an article about “hip-hop violinist” Lindsey Stirling that put me in mind of just how much her career follows the same formula. Stirling made it to the quarterfinals of “America’s Got Talent,” but washed out, with judges telling her she “wasn’t good enough” for the style of performance she wanted to do. But after that,...

The Guardian names the winner of its first monthly self-published award
June 10, 2014 | 10:25 am

9146LOKgNIL._SL1500_The Guardian announced the first winner of its new monthly self-published book contest. The winner was “Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers,” a debut novel from Tom Moran. On Amazon, the book’s summary reads: “Enter the mind of Walton Cumberfield, an amateur gas and electricity meter-reader who is about to discover a cow that is independent of the space-time continuum. The debut novel by comedian and writer Tom Moran, Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers is like nothing else you'll ever read - beautifully bonkers and bizarrely brilliant. It has to be read to be believed.” But that doesn’t really say a lot about the book....

Can publishers win if they dare?
May 31, 2014 | 12:29 pm

primematrixDare - dare to believe you can survive You hold the future in your hand Dare - dare to keep all of your dreams alive It's time to take a stand And you can win, if you dare —Stan Bush, “Dare” That seems to be the chorus that publisher advocates are singing these days: as publishers fight against the evil market-devouring Amazon much as the Transformers fought the evil world-devouring Unicron, the publishers...

ALLi launches Choosing a Self Publishing Service 2014 guide
May 27, 2014 | 7:28 pm

indie authorsThe UK's Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) has announced the launch of its Choosing A Self Publishing Service 2014 - "a comparison of twenty of the key self-publishing service players" - at this year's Book Expo America (BEA). According to the ALLi press materials, the new guide features "case studies, service analysis and the experiences of author-publishers and ALLi members," and "also shows author-publishers how they can make informed and empowered decisions about their publishing future, offering insight and impartial advice on key comparison points and criteria for selecting a service." Orna Ross, director of ALLI, said of the guide: "Many...

Author Earnings: More indie than Big Five debut authors can earn a living self-publishing
May 26, 2014 | 5:49 pm

indie-old-vs-new-pieHugh Howey’s Author Earnings has come out with that report I mentioned yesterday, on the implications of the data they’ve gathered for new and tenured authors, and boy is it a doozy. It’s overloaded with charts and statistics, and I’m sure I missed the full import of what they’re saying, but there were a few interesting facts to come out of the way they massaged the numbers. If the figures can be believed, Big Five publishers are earning most of their money out of established authors, either in long-tail backlist or new books by well-known writers. Only 37% of...

April Author Earnings report remains consistent with February report
May 25, 2014 | 3:20 pm

dailybestsellersLast week, Hugh Howey came out with another Author Earnings report. He’s got some interesting analysis of the figures, but perhaps the most interesting thing is how consistent the numbers are. The market share values only changed by a couple of percentage points from the February sample to the April sample (and generally did so in favor of indie publishers). Indie-published books represent 30% of overall daily unit sales, up from 27% in February. Big Five sales are down to 37% from 39%. In terms of daily revenue to authors from bestsellers, Big Five has held steady at...

Sneaking books into bookstores is not a good idea
May 25, 2014 | 10:36 am

Here’s another one from the “probably not a good idea” department. Self-published writer Brendan Leonard had a bright idea: he might see if he could get his book more exposure by planting it in a Barnes & Noble store. All that was necessary for it to ring up was to have an ISBN bar code on it, which it did. He then had the idea to use it as an Instagram promotional gimmick: place books in various stores and post their location to Instagram so people could go buy them. Granted that he was giving money away by giving his...

Morning Roundup: Kobo considering social ebook club. Should self-publishers hire services
May 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

social ebook clubKobo is Considering a New Social eBook Club (GoodeReader) A new survey has been dispatched to select Kobo e-reader owners and people who typically buy a ton of eBooks.  It is worded as if the Book Club will be launched and they are asking key questions about the social media aspect. *** Should Self-Publishing Authors Hire Editors, Producers and Cover Designers? Team Publishing vs. DIY (Digital Book World) Self-publishing is something of a misnomer, given the various ways that authors can publish books outside of a traditional publishing relationship. In particular, we might consider two modes of indie publishing, do-it-yourself and team publishing. *** Why Freelance...

Smashwords’ Mark Coker continues to champion with indie author manifesto
April 25, 2014 | 10:25 am

Indie Author Manifesto Yesterday’s roundup by Joanna had an interesting post from Smashwords’ Mark Coker. The site’s founder created an indie author manifesto, empowering and highlighting just how far the world of self-publishing has come. Certainly, the freedom of publishing has allowed many more to find their voices and given them a bigger platform to be heard. Some of the points from Coker’s manifesto include: - I have experienced the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from self-publishing - I have a right to publish - My creative control is important to me. I decide when, where and how my writing graduates to become a published book. The manifesto is...