February 6, 2015 by Brad King
Publishing Tales: Stories about Literature from across the Web (Feb 2-6)
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.
Things about Amazon
- Reminder: In Publishing, There is no Debate: There is no traditional versus self-publishing side or debate, these are just two options authors have for publishing their work. Publishing shouldn’t be treated as a monogamous relationship: there are many options for publishing today, and the choice of publishing form should depend on the book and what form fits it best.
- Amazon, the greedy giant with small publishers in its grip: While authors, independent presses, and self-published authors may not mind Amazon, the company’s battle with the publishing industry continues. This is a dollar-by-dollar breakdown of why publishers dislike Amazon’s fulfillment terms.
- Behind The Scenes In My Writing Life Featuring The Swiss Ball And My Brompton Bicycle: Amazon went and filmed Joanna Penn for a day as she showed them places she likes to write and socialize. This article includes video of the experiences.
From the Self-Publishing Vault
- Why Authors Walk Away from Big 5 Publishers: The new paradigm for creating an audience and selling books doesn’t fit the traditional business model. Authors may need more control over how their books are sold.
- I set out to write, edit, and publish a book in three months. I kept stats along the way. Here’s how it went down.: Reddit really is fun. The author of this post set out to write a book in three months. He planned to write 1,000 words a day for two months.
- Making a Living as a Published Author: To be an author, you need to write…and publish…often.
- Get Your First 10 Pages Critiqued by an Agent — Next Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts Feb. 20, 2015: The Writer’s Digest is putting together a seminar for writers in the early stages of their manuscript.
- Self-Publishing 101: What Writers Need to Know to Succeed at Self-Publishing – Free Webinar: Self-publishing has a lot of opportunities for writers, but it also involves risk. The webinar was on February 2 and talked about readying manuscripts, benefits of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, the right option and expectations for sales.
Ebooks and other Books
- Forget digital: children are still into books and board games: The myth of the digital native is two folds: that young people know more about complex digital technologies than older people, and that they use those technologies constantly. Neither may actually be true.
- The ebook is dead. Long live the ebook: Reports of the death of the ebook may have been exaggerated.