Tag: self-publishing

by Jeremy Greenfield

The rise of self-publishing as a viable economic model for authors has started to disrupt the book publishing business — and nobody has benefited more than so-called “hybrid authors.” Allow me to explain. In 2011, self-publishing is thought to have drained roughly $100 million in revenue from the traditional trade publishing business — a drop [...] more »

by Miral Sattar

In addition to the writing and the marketing and promotion of a book, self-published authors even have to get as nitty gritty as pricing the book. A lot of authors come to me asking how they should price their self-published titles to optimize sales. Some self-publishing critics say that the books that do sell well [...] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

The role of the author in today’s ever-shifting digital publishing landscape is a complicated one. The job doesn’t stop when the last chapter is written. For many, that’s actually when the bulk of the work begins. Even if you take the traditional big publisher route, the author is expected to carry a heavy promotional weight. [...] more »

by Guy Kawasaki

In 2011 the publisher of my book, “Enchantment,” could not fill an order for 500 e-book copies. It was a New York Times bestseller. Because of this experience, I self-published my next book, “What the Plus!” and learned first-hand that self-publishing is a complex, confusing and idiosyncratic process. As Steve Jobs said, “There must be [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Will e-books be passed down through generations? (WBUR) – [AUDIO] 2. E-books or cigarettes? How would George Orwell calculate his modern day expenses in the post-paperback age? (Salon) 3. Author Talli Rolland on the benefits and barriers of self-publishing (Guardian) 4. Toronto-based Wattpad launches crowdfunding platform for self-publishers (TechCrunch) 5. 7 starter principles for [...] more »

by Carla King

Today’s short-run printing companies cater to self-publishers by offering easy-to-use book design templates and astoundingly quick service. Here is a review of the companies from which you can get a PDF-formatted proof, approve it, and order 1, 25, or more books. CreateSpace CreateSpace: Amazon’s print-on-demand (POD) branch, will send you 1 copy or 1,000. You [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. E-books drive 3% quarterly gain in adult trade sales (Publisher’s Weekly) 2. PlayStation 4 self-publishing details revealed (Geeky Gadgets) 3. Chinese readers still don’t want to pay for e-books (China.org) 4. E-books rise in Russia, but piracy reigns (Time) 5. When print meets digital in children’s reading: Sparkup Magical Book Reader (Digital Book World) [...] more »

by Carla King

There are many ways to sell your self-published print books and e-books, and the associated fees and royalties vary wildly. The highest margins come when you sell from your own online store. You can employ an e-book aggregator/distributor, or upload the e-books yourself to each online retailer. Don’t forget to get into the new (for [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. CHART: iTunes users spend a lot on apps and music, not so much on e-books (GigaOm) 2. Selling books online with clever metadata (Digital Book World) 3. The on-going story: Twitter and writing (The New Yorker) 4. Apple e-books trial may affect content pricing agreements (Forbes) 5. On becoming multimedia emperors (Indie Reader)  Get our newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.  more »

by Amanda Hirsch

I recently self-published an e-book based on my blog, and I want to share what I learned. This post focuses on the editorial process; in subsequent posts, I’ll share tips on coming up with a design for your e-book cover, choosing a publishing platform (I went with Kindle, for now) and marketing your e-book. A [...] more »