Publishing Tales: Stories about Literature from across the Web (March 26 – April 2)
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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- Self-publishing News: Indie Writers Are Doing It for Themselves!: Self-publishing has become both a viable and satisfying option for authors, and has overcome the stigma of self-published books being poorly written or not good enough for traditional publishing.
- Podcasting and Indie Authors: Is Podcasting Right for You?: Podcasting can help authors reach new audiences, but it takes money, time and energy to start a successful podcast. Authors need to consider their target audience, the demographics of their current readers, and the podcast goal before they even choose the podcast’s topic.
- DIY: How to Self-Publish an Audiobook: There are options for self-published authors who want to make audiobooks: Audiobook Creation Exchange, Infinity Publishing, Dog Ear Publishing, BookBaby/CDBaby, eBookIt, or studios. A completed 10-hour audiobook project costs a minimum of $3,000.
- Get in Good With Goodreads: Goodreads is integral in being a successful author because it helps spread the word about your work, but first you need to learn how to use it . Goodreads can be confusing and overwhelming, but the most important tip is to think about the reader’s perspective when developing and using the site.
- How to Reach Millennial Readers: Millennials readers can be hard to reach, but some book marketers can work to engage this audience by partnering with social influencers, listening to the audience, and connecting with established communities.
- It Turns Out, All You Need to do is Write a Great Book: Making your book a success is more than just writing. Authors need to be partners with their agents, editors, publicists, publishers, and everyone else involved in the work for the book’s journey to success.
- Ebooks for Libraries: EbooksAreForever.com is a site that offers libraries a large collection of ebooks that are easy to publish, and has a sustainable purchasing model.
- Authors: end to censored versions of books is ‘victory for the world of dirt’: Clean Reader is an app that can change “offensive” words into acceptable alternatives in ebooks bought in its online store. Authors got mad that their books were being censored without their permission, publishers started pulling their books from the store, and Clean Reader ended up ceasing its sales of books.
- Online book shopping overtakes in-store for first time: 2014 was the first year where there was more online book spending than in-store spending, but in-store spending is still ahead in areas of children’s books, gift market and impulse buys.
- Global Ebook Opportunities Rising: A Pew study found that there’s a large amount of young, affluent, educated, social media savvy Internet users with some English skills in 32 developing countries. This could be good for ebook publishers and retailers who want to reach a worldwide audience.
- Howard Jacobson: when revisiting your own work becomes a perilous business: Older work has the potential to make an author self-reflective and insecure. Howard Jacobson’s book The Very Model of a Man was first published 23 years ago, fell out of print, and now Studio 28 is publishing it as an ebook
- Prices Swoon on Ebook Best-Seller List as New and Familiar Players Mingle: Film adaptations and author-recognition are two things that help ebooks be successful, but word-of-mouth continues to be one of the best contributions to an ebook’s success.
- eBooks Are Forever Wants to Solve the Library eBook Problem: eBooksAreForever is a startup that sells DRM-free ebooks that libraries won’t have to continuously re-license. There are almost 1000 ebooks in the startup’s collection.
- Amazon Launches “Unlimited” Cloud Storage, Kicks Kindle Owners to the Curb: Amazon launched a new unlimited storage tier, no longer offers a free 5GB storage tier, and had to fix their SendToKindle conversion service after it broke. Kindle owners will be able to store SendToKindle personal documents without it counting against Cloud limits, and Amazon will still host all ebooks bought from Amazon.
- Amazon’s dominance ‘damages’ progress: Tim Walker said that Amazon’s ebook dominance is hurting the book trade’s progress, and that while e-lending has the potential to hurt the book trade, publishing has welcomed new technology.
- Goodreads Has Decided That There is No Friendzone for Authors and People: Goodreads added new relationship options to the social network, and claims to have fixed most of the problems this post talks about.
- Atavist revamps its publishing software to push design and readability to the fore: Atavist emphasized simplicity and customization with its web-based platform relaunch so that users can have an easier experience designing content that is both elegant and enjoyable to read. The new software is a tiered system.
- Elmore Leonard’s Rules for Writers: Writers who want to be invisible in the books they write, so that it’s more of a showing than a telling, need to not use the weather for atmosphere at the book’s beginning. They should also avoid prologues, only use “said” for carrying dialogue, never modify “said” with an adverb, limit exclamation point, and avoid detailed character descriptions.
- When Dad’s a Writer: Michael Gordon is the literary agent for Noah Gordon, his 88-year-old father. The entire family has worked with Noah Gordon in some part of his book making process.
- 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Lisa Freeman: Lisa Freeman has learned to not waste time, be ready to write at any time, don’t depend on praise from others to see your success, avoid burnout, prioritize, prepare for inevitable interruptions, find what helps you to write, and find balance between writing and your life.
- We Are What We Write?: Publishers have a class system for writers based on the genre the author writes in, not based on how talented the writer is. Some authors have to use pseudonyms in order to break into a new genre.
- Wielding the pen: US war veterans’ writing programs thrive across country: Words After War and other writing programs work to help veterans articulate their stories in cathartic writing, but civilians are also interested in the stories these men and women tell.
General Bad News
- Missouri Governor Nixon is Putting Libraries in Peril: Jay Nixon is withholding most of the 2015 state funding that was approved for Missouri’s public libraries, and is calling for severe cuts to future budgets.