February 20, 2015 by Brad King
Publishing Tales: Stories about Literature from across the Web (Feb 12-18)
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.
- Writing Truth in Reverse: Brunonia Barry writes a first-person account of her difficulties in writing about a specific, true memory that was part of a very sad event of her life.
- Butt in Chair: A Cautionary Tale: The author is dealing with how all of the writing deadlines she’s dealt with over the years have caused her bodily harm, so she’s taking time away from writing in order to focus on getting better physically.
- On Writing About Suicide and Not Finding Catharsis: The author writes about his reasons for writing about his brother’s suicide, and it wasn’t cathartic. He talks about making the story readable instead of endlessly angst-ridden.
- 5 Ways to Make Your Blogging Easier: Author talks about how wasting time was a big mistake of hers while blogging, and then she talks about five ways to make the experience easier: batching, scheduling, finding efficiency, automate, and planning.
- Writing Your Way to Happiness: Studies have shown that writing and rewriting personal stories can make the authors change certain behaviors and increase their happiness.
The Impact of Technologies
- Will the New Kindle Unlimited Expansion Cause Another Dip in Author Payments?: Kindle Unlimited is expanding into Canada and Mexico, and this could hurt the profits for the authors especially with the previous dips in payments.
- Kindle Unlimited Hits the Rest of North America: Kindle Unlimited is available in the UK, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico. Amazon says it wants to continue to grow while paying authors well, but there are concerns that Kindle Unlimited doesn’t pay its authors well.
- E-books Aren’t Killing Print: The evolution to e-books is slow and differs a lot by genre; e-books are only a fraction of overall sales.
- To Markup or to not Markup: HTML5 isn’t the best way to author ot output e-book content. Markdown is a computer language that can translate well to output formats, and is more than enough for most books.
- Why I’m Practically Giving My Book Away: The author is giving away his book in order to get attention, spread ideas and get people talking:it’s a marketing scheme. He believes that after the exposure some people may want to start paying, perhaps for the rights to the book.
- Reddit isn’t the future of creativity, but it is a vital part of it: The author posted part of his story on Reddit, it gained a lot of attention and he ended up with a screenplay deal. He talks about Reddit is a tool for people to create, inspire, share and grow.
Notes from Self-Publishing
- How to Self-Publish Your Book: There are many ways to self-publish, there are pros and cons for both digital and print publishing, and there are differences in the steps of e-publishing and making a printed edition.
- My Food Journey: How I Self-Published a Cookbook: Carl succeeded at self-publication and in this interview she talks about the pitfalls of self-publishing, what she learned, why she used Kickstarter to fund her publishing costs and gives advice to entrepreneurs.
- 4 Ways to Start Making a Living as a Writer Right Now: Copywriting has the highest potential income, and the most variety of work for writers. There are four ways to start copywriting: write/manage social media campaigns, revise web copy to improve its findability, write online content, and write emails.
- Phone fiction spells the end of the professional novelist: Wattpad is an online community where readers and writers post and read stories written for and by the group. It’s comparable to YouTube in it’s ability to create viral celebrities for writers.
- Self-published sci-fi debut kickstarts on to Kitschies shortlist: Chambers’ self-published novel, funded through Kickstarter, is the first self-published novel to be shortlisted for the Kitschie awards. The shortlists for the Red Tentacle (novel), the Golden Tentacle (Debut), the Inky Tentacle (Cover Art), and the Invisible Tentacle (Natively Digital Fiction) are listed.
- How Amazon and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Created a Golden Age for Self-Published Romance Authors — and Why It May Already Be Over: Romance novels have been a steady area for authors, with readers in this genre reading more books than other genres, and “Fifty Shades of Grey” has opened up this genre to new readers. But the fact is that it’s getting a lot harder for authors to break out in this field, and advances are going down.
- Immersive Storytelling: Moving from Transmission to Transaction: Macklin’s workshop, Immersive Storytelling: Snow Fall – How and Why, is about the evolution of storytelling through innovation.
- Fusion’s New Interactive Project Tells the Story of Unrelenting Street Harassment: Fusion commissioned Fazlalizadeh to take her anti-harassment traveling art series to Mexico City. A multimedia piece, “All the Time, Every Day,” was created through this experience.