Tag: self-publishing

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 »

by Miral Sattar

At every writers conference or self-publishing panel the question that almost always inevitably comes up is: “How much will self-publishing really cost me?” Because the book publishing industry is one of the last industries to go digital, it’s going through a quick transition. As a result of this shift, authors no longer need to go [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Amazon Publishing promises authors faster royalty payments (PaidContent.org) 2. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is even worse than you think (Slate) 3. Self-publishers: The new generation of cool kids (IndieReader) 4. Book email marketing site BookBub reaches 1 million subscribers (Digital Book World) 5. “My Amazon bestseller made me nothing” (Salon) Subscribe to the [...] more »

by Carla King

The San Francisco Writers Conference has always been strong on self-publishing, and this year the conference fully embraced the topic by inviting Guy Kawasaki to keynote. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist and former chief evangelist of Apple has written a new book: “APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish Your Book.” This new how-to guide came [...] more »

by Anna Lewis

If you are self-publishing, then proofreading your manuscript is a really challenging task — and you’ll kick yourself if you find a mistake after you’ve told everyone about the book. No matter how many times you’ve read through your work, it’s amazing how often errors can sneak through to the final stages. The problem: You’re [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

We are back with the Mediatwits podcast, revamped in a roundtable format with “regulars” and occasional special guests. This week we have Mark Glaser moderating, along with the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox, Seattle Times’ Mónica Guzmán, Reuters’ Felix Salmon, and USC’s Andrew Lih. Special guest Guy Kawasaki will be joining us as well. Our topics [...] more »