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Self-publishing trailblazer Amanda Hocking shifts gears

March 30, 2011

Tags: self-publishing, Amanda Hocking, social media


Young Amanda Hocking's digitally self-published young-adult paranormal novels have sold a million copies online, making her rich at $2.99 and 99 cents a copy (some of which Amazon.com collects). So why is she about to sign a deal with St. Martin's Press?

"Hocking credits her success to aggressive self-promotion on her blog, Facebook and Twitter, word of mouth and writing in a popular (more…)

Can negative book reviews help sales?

March 24, 2011

Tags: publicity, book sales


The effect of negative reviews on books by well-known authors is a 15% decrease in sales, writes Nathan Ihara Is All Publicity Good Publicity? (MobyLives 3-16-11), reporting on a new study by the journal Marketing Science (PDF). “For books by relatively unknown (new) authors, however, (more…)

NYC judge rejects Google book settlement

March 22, 2011

Tags: Google Book Settlement

After prolonged discussions of various positions (pro and con) on the Google book settlement, we have a decision. From his New York court, Judge Denny Chin has rejected the settlement, as going too far. The court concluded that the $125 million deal would allow Google (already a virtual monopoly) to "exploit" books without the permission (more…)

It's a great time to become a personal historian

March 22, 2011

Tags: personal history, memoir, memoir coach, family history, Association of Personal Historians

For twenty years I've been helping people and organizations tell their life stories. If you're nosy, love to do interviews, like shaping them into a compelling narrative, and either know how to produce and independently publish a book or are willing to learn and/or subcontract some stages of the process, (more…)

Librarians feel gobsmacked by HarperCollins restriction on e-book loans

March 15, 2011

Tags: libraries, e-books

HarperCollins' policy to restrict e-book use in libraries (to 26 loans per e-book) has many librarians set to boycott HarperCollins e-books, reports the NY Times As Library E-Books Live Long, Publisher Sets Expiration Date (Julie Bosman, 3-14-11). Some librarians welcome the (more…)

Will the e-book revolution have the same effect the paperback revolution did?

March 14, 2011

Tags: book publishing, e-books

I was fascinated by Mike Shatzkin's March 13 blog post on The Shatzkin Files, Ebooks are making me recall the history of mass-market publishing, a history of how the mass-market paperback revolution changed book publishing, comparing (more…)

Nathan Bransford explains the e-book price wars

March 11, 2011

Tags: e-books, book publishing, price wars

In his piece on Why Some E-Books Cost More Than the Hardcover, former agent Nathan Bransford provides an excellent history and explanation of the price wars publishers are fighting with the online gorilla, Amazon, to preserve the value of e-books and level the playing field, so that brick and (more…)

Should I work for free?

March 9, 2011

Tags: freelance, solvency

Still smiling about designer Jessica Hische's amusing and all-too-realistic pieces of graphic humor:
Should I work for free?
Invoice for ruining my day
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Margaret Atwood on The Publishing Pie

March 5, 2011

Tags: O'Reilly, digital publishing

If you catch nothing else from the fascinating O'Reilly Tools of Change conference 2011, listen to this keynote address: Margaret Atwood on The Publishing Pie: An Author's View (on YouTube). This annual conferences explores emerging trends in digital (more…)