Publishing Tales: Stories about Literature from across the Web (April 3-9)
Each week, we collect stories about self-publishing and authorship in the digital age. These are some of our favorites. If we’ve missed a good one, leave it in the comments. Or send us a note.
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- The Hugo Awards Were Always Political. But Now They’re Only Political.: The Hugo Awards has become more political because there is a rigging of the rules and now people are taking sides that have their own nominee recommendations. It’s become less of personal voting, and more like partisan voting.
- The Evolution of an Author Website: Websites are continually needing redesigned based on their usefulness and the evolution of the digital world. Now, websites need to be designed with smartphones in mind, and in the future they will need redesigned again because of technological developments.
- I GOTCHER BLOG-WRITIN’ ADVICE RIGHT HERE: The blogger is saying that blogging isn’t worth the effort. He includes advice if the reader decides to blog anyway.
- Writers Old and Young: Staring Across the Moat: Old and young writers are united through temperament, but old writers are aspiring realists. Young writers are blinded to their mortality, which old writers know all too well.
- BuzzFeed Launches Emerging Writers Fellowship: An Interview with Literary Editor Saeed Jones: The Buzzfeed Emerging Writers Fellowship is a four-month-long project that focuses on supporting and mentoring promising writers.
- How the subconscious mind shapes creative writing: Writers’ subconscious influences their plots, whether or not they plan out their writing.
- Why Writers Love to Hate the M.F.A.: There has been an explosion of creative writing M.F.A. applications, and the degree gives writers more opportunities. But it doesn’t guarantee success as a writer.
- Most Novelists Are Bitter Failures, and Other News: Five bullet-points of information pertaining to the new Maya Angelou stamp, music and book trailers, textspeak, distortion of memes, and the bitter failures that are novelists.
- Top Takeaways from ProBlogger Perth Training Event: Content, Blog Design, Social Media, Productivity, and Monetization: Speakers at the main ProBlogger Event talked about sustainable blogging, streamlining workflow, design, and social media.
- How Do You Make a Living, CEO Ghostwriter?: Derek Lewis talks about his path and working relationships as a business book ghostwriter, and about how he wants to be a novelist.
- Self-publishing: The good, the bad and the even worse: Phil Elmore talks about changes in print and e-book markets, and how self-publishing has allowed a lot of really bad books to be published. The readers have to sift through the bad to find the good, where before gatekeepers would do the majority of that work.
- 3 Ways For Self-Publishers to Break Into the Public Library Market: Self-publishers can break into public libraries through Library Journal’s SELF-e discovery platform, Quality Books Inc., and the IBPA Library Marketing Program.
- Isn’t It Time For Self-Publishers To Get Over Self-Publishing?: It may be time to focus of the books themselves, instead of the fact that they’re self-published.
- Porter Anderson Wants Indie Authors to Sit Down And Shut Up: Porter Anderson is a publishing industry pundit who thinks indie authors need to stop being so loud in their promoting of indie publishing, but Anderson isn’t the intended audience and can simply tune it out.
Bookstores + Libraries
- Indie booksellers joining forces for Bookstore Day NYC: Independent Bookstore Day NYC is on May 2, and more than 24 bookstores around NYC have signed on to participate.
- The Case For Libraries: Publishers should partner with libraries because they’re great options for showcasing new books, especially since there are fewer and fewer traditional booksellers.
- Little Free Libraries Take Over the World: There are more than 25,000 registered Little Free Libraries worldwide. Photos of some of these mini-libraries are provided.
- America’s ‘national library’ is lacking in leadership, yet another report finds: The Library of Congress has a lot of trouble with managing its intricate computer systems because managers don’t make digital technology a priority. There’s no one leader, nor is there leadership for IT management.
- The ‘Netflix Of Books’ Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market: Oyster is a subscription e-book service that is going to sell e-books one at a time as well as having a monthly payment model.
- Literary Hub aims to be ‘go-to website for literary culture’: Literary Hub is a website that lets readers discuss authors, books and literary topics with one another. The editorial content will be provided by the website’s partners and will work on a quid pro quo with advertisers: an ad for a feature or excerpt.
- French Publishers Launch #ThatIsNotABook Campaign: France’s Syndicat National de l’Edition made a website in order to show EU commissioners what is a book, and what isn’t a book. The end goal is a change in EU tax law so that taxes for print and e-books are the same.
- What’s the Matter with Ebooks?: Ebook adoption has plateaued in the book market, but this data doesn’t take into account indie and self-published books. Ebooks will become predominant, and the statistics at hand obscure where exactly they truly are in the market.
- E-books Gained, Online Retailers Slipped in 2014: Nielson Books & Consumers conducted a survey that shows book sales in 2014 dropped for online retailers and bookstore chains in comparison to 2013. It also found that new book sales shares for e-books increased some in 2014.
- The Ubiquitous Bookstore, Or Why Amazon is Winning at Publishing: Amazon has a great retail site design, which direct retailers need to have. But overall, Amazon wins because it’s innovative, not reactionary.
- Another major publisher is going to war with Amazon: HarperCollins is refusing to agree to the new contract terms Amazon has proposed. If the contract expires, Amazon won’t be able to sell HarperCollins books on its site.
- Amazon is a More “Modest Beast,” says UK Tech Expert: Charle Arthur says that Amazon isn’t as all-powerful as it was once viewed. It has competitors in multiple areas, which is lessening its power and turning it more “modest.”