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10 Trends Driving The Future Of Authorship

Mark Coker | Posted 08.08.2016 | Home
Mark Coker

For writers, the future of book publishing offers opportunity and peril. Here are 10 trends shaping the future for authors.

In the Picture: Prepping Images for Your Ebook

David Kudler | Posted 06.13.2016 | Home
David Kudler

Last month I discussed how to clean up your manuscript to prepare it for ebook conversion. This time I'm going to be looking at how to do the same thi...

6 Ways a Publisher Can Kill Your Success

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home
Penny C. Sansevieri

Recently, we've worked with several authors who have been bogged down by stumbling blocks from their publishers. These stumbling blocks include everything from not having access or control over their eBook, to being forced to buy marketing programs that not only don't move the needle, but can also negatively impact your book.

What Should Authors Expect to Earn?

Brooke Warner | Posted 12.09.2016 | Home
Brooke Warner

Publishing a first book may be a thing on your bucket list, and if that's the case, and you don't want to think too much about the money, then don't. But if you're serious about earnings and have your sights set on becoming a career writer, writing your first book is not unlike standing at the threshold of a new galaxy.

The 4 Cs of Writing a Book

Chuck Boyce | Posted 11.20.2016 | Business
Chuck Boyce

Few things are more daunting than staring at that blank computer screen after you've made the decision to write your first book. But it doesn't have to be so overwhelming. I break the process down into the four Cs.

It Isn't Amazon Publishers Should Fear. It's Bookbub.

Mike Alvear | Posted 10.16.2016 | Business
Mike Alvear

There's a new Sheriff in town for publishers to fear and it isn't Amazon. It's Bookbub, the ebook discount promotion behemoth that sends millions of emails every day to book lovers looking for bargains.

Why Jamie McGuire Returned to Self Publishing

Mark Coker | Posted 05.05.2015 | Home
Mark Coker

Her story mirrors the story of many writers today. Given the freedom to self publish or traditionally publish, a growing number of proven bestsellers, and first-time authors alike, are choosing to self publish.

Book Reviewing is a Giant Scam!

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.24.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

I've positively reviewed Patricia Cornwell in the past, but when I had negative things to say about one of her books, some of her fans accused me of being jealous. OK, I have a confession. It's, like, 100 percent true, since she sells more books than I ever will. You know what else? It's true of all book reviewers.

Video in Enhanced Ebooks: How? Why?

David Kudler | Posted 12.20.2014 | Home
David Kudler

Enhanced ebooks have been a cause of much excitement over the past few years -- and with good reason. One of the things that an ebook can do that a paper-and-ink book can't is to add embedded video and sound.

Can't Upload Your Ebook 'Cause It's 'Encrypted'? Here's Why.

David Kudler | Posted 03.26.2014 | Home
David Kudler

Most ebook sites won't allow you to upload a file with obfuscated fonts. (They just don't tell you that. They say the file's "encrypted." That's helpful!)

2014 Book Publishing Industry Predictions -- Increased Competition Between Traditional Publishers and Indie Authors

Mark Coker | Posted 03.09.2014 | Home
Mark Coker

What does 2014 hold in store for ebook authors, publishers and readers? Today I bring you 14 book publishing industry predictions.

Book Marketing Predictions for 2014

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 02.04.2014 | Home
Penny C. Sansevieri

For those of us who market authors for a living, we know that 2013, more than any other year, saw bigger changes in marketing books. More in fact, tha...

Cult Writer John Green Trashes Indie Authors

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.08.2013 | Home
Lev Raphael

John Green's YA novel The Fault in Our Stars is currently #16 at Amazon and the guy is a promotional genius. So how does he use his fame? To attack independent authors and tilt at windmills.

New Smashwords Research Helps Authors and Publishers Sell More Ebooks

Mark Coker | Posted 07.16.2013 | Home
Mark Coker

Don't let data-driven decision-making cause you to make stupid decisions. If the data shows (and it does) that shorter book titles might give you a slight sales advantage, don't change your title to two words if the absolute best and necessary title is seven words.

Libraries to Become Community Publishing Portals

Mark Coker | Posted 05.28.2013 | Home
Mark Coker

With your help, libraries around the globe have a bright future as the nexus where writers, readers and authors come together to create, celebrate and enjoy books.

Simon & Schuster vs. Barnes & Noble

Terence Clarke | Posted 05.25.2013 | Home
Terence Clarke

The current dispute between the book retailer Barnes & Noble and the publisher Simon & Schuster has caused much handwringing and worry. But the dispute is one that has visited all changing industries fighting a rear-guard action against newer, more visionary competition.

10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author That I Learned the Hard Way

Deborah Plummer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Home
Deborah Plummer

I have been blessed to be a published author both by the traditional process and I have self-published where I managed every aspect of the process. From both processes, here is what I have learned.

5 Steps to Boost eBook Sales - Listening to Readers

Mark Coker | Posted 05.05.2013 | Home
Mark Coker

One benefit of ebook self-publishing is that the author can evolve their book over time. Unlike static print books of yesteryear, your ebook is a dynamic, living creature.

From the Digital Frontier: A Shifting $12 Billion Publishing Market

Tanyella Evans | Posted 03.27.2013 | Home
Tanyella Evans

To compete with free, publishers need to make their content more attractive and essentially, discoverable. Entering the ebook market late will result in lost revenue to piracy.

As E-Books Rise, Publishing Still Waivers

Michael Drew | Posted 03.20.2013 | Home
Michael Drew

There's probably no going back: e-books are going to be the dominant form for publishing pretty soon. Consider that 23 percent of Americans now read...

Why Editing Is the Single Best Marketing Tool

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 02.09.2013 | Home
Penny C. Sansevieri

With all of the options out there to publish, it's pretty tempting to just point and click your way to a completed book. It's hard enough to compete in publishing. Put in the effort and put forth your best book. Does your book deserve anything less?

A More Honest Way Of Selling Ebooks

Robert Martinez | Posted 12.19.2012 | Home
Robert Martinez

We believe that of you simply treat the customer with respect, then they will reciprocate in kind. With the help of Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow among others, we are testing this idea.

INFOGRAPHIC: How Ebooks Are Changing Publishing

Posted 10.05.2012 | Home

Aptaracorp has released its annual survey of ebook production trends, and to mark the event (and to get more publicity) they've come up with a dramati...

Who Needs Publishers & Bookstores? Writers, Readers & Everyone Else

William Petrocelli | Posted 10.18.2012 | Home
William Petrocelli

An idea has taken root in certain quarters that publishers aren't necessary any more. And for that matter, who needs bookstores? It's a seductive idea, but it gnores the fundamental realities of the book business.

The E-Books Are Coming! Run for Your Lives!

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.13.2012 | Home
Lev Raphael

Many reviewers have been complaining for a while about the democratization of publishing and the "flood" of e-books. How are you supposed to weed out the crap?