I've heard that Amazon's model isn't to sell 1,000,000 copies of a bestseller, but to sell 1 copy of a million poor sellers. To them, it's all the same. If they could do the same thing with marketing services to the same people, that would make lots of financial sense.
I've decided to turn to religion. No, I don't mean I'm going to pray to God so He'll bestow a million dollar idea upon me -- I've decided to invent a religion.
I'd heard all sorts of horror stories about writers giving away the bulk of their royalties to publishers that gobbled up profits in huge percentages. We indie authors keep most of our sales. Was I doing the right thing, saying yes to a publisher when I'd already done the tough work of going indie?
Tablets are fun, but not functional. They may be great for playing Words With Friends or watching "30 Rock," but not quite ideal for composing long emails or working in Quickbooks.
In this interview Guy talks about the process of self-publishing and what makes it a better option. Guy shares his thoughts on publishing and why he decided to forgo the traditional model and go indie.
The physical book will always remain in some respect, but more as an aesthetic curiosity, and a fine, curated remnant of a prior age. But reading? Whether by candlelight or halogen, that will be done by Kindles, Nooks and iPads.
This is a story about two writers. Writers whose works couldn't be any more different, but whose recent forays into publishing signify a drastic sea change in the way books are acquired and published, both by independent authors and traditional publishers.
What happens when you are fortunate enough to have a book published, but when you get a 500 unit ebook order, your publisher cannot fulfill the order? Seems plausible that it could happen to a no-name author or a self-published author, but not Guy Kawasaki...
The tablet wars are underway over brand new offerings from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Microsoft, Google and Apple.
Humans are really bad at predicting the near future. Our minds have evolved to handle the immediate situation (fight or flight) as well as the long-term trends (winter is coming). Predicting how events will turn out in only a few months can leave us shell-shocked. But I'm going to take a big risk here a make a near term prediction: The mobilization of live streaming media is going to hit in the next six to 12 months, and hit big. By this I mean that consumers who are currently streaming recorded news and entertainment on their TVs and laptops are going to phase-shift to interactive streaming live news and entertainment on their phones and pads. The big live events of 2012 showed that interactive streaming -- sharing up as well as streaming down -- is about to become part of our national consciousness.
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Roman Manziyenko, AU School of International Service Scholar No. The fundamental issue here ...
I need inspiration -- stories that excite my imagination, give me hope for the future and make clear just what we can accomplish when we set our minds to it.
Here are a few things I've learned since my book Plus One: A Year In The Life Of A Hollywood Nobody was published: To be a writer, you need a trust fund, a rich spouse or another source of income if you want to keep a roof over your head.
I expect a check will be coming any day now. Because if you can't trust an anti-trust lawsuit who can you trust?
It was time for schoolbook bargain hunting; and my back ached at the thought of carrying schoolbooks along with notebooks, planners and my MacBook. It was that moment of need that tuned me into the electronic age and unleashed all of the power and benefits the Kindle Fire held.
Fellow fiction writers, Let's be frank: we're not the healthiest-minded bunch. If we were we'd spend our days doing something more pleasant than writing fiction. But lately we seem to have taken a turn for the worse.