February 27, 2015 by Brad King
Publishing Tales: Stories about Literature from across the Web (Feb 19-25)
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.
- ‘American Sniper’ a Boost for Enhanced E-books: American Sniper’s enhanced e-book sold better than the standard e-book for three full weeks, which is rare since enhanced e-books normally don’t do that well. Enhanced e-books incorporates interactive features that the standard e-books don’t utilize.
- Can movies save enhanced E-books: American Sniper’s enhanced edition has sold very well, but that doesn’t mean that this format will lead to massive profits.
- Average Price Rises on Ebook Best-Seller List, but Few Signs of Agency Pricing: The Ebook Best-Seller List has seen a rise in prices with eight books above $10, in comparison to last week’s four books at that price. Some publishers are setting their own prices, while others aren’t, and some only control the prices of some of their books.
- Phone fiction spells the end of the traditional novelist: Wattpad is an app of stories written for and by its users, and is compared to YouTube, just for fiction. It’s a new publishing platform that may change how professional writers operate.
- Whose digital content is it anyway?: Customers may legally purchase ebooks, music and movies, but these things have locks on them that make still controlled by the retailer. The Electronic Frontier Foundation hopes to change this.
On the Business of Writing
- Authorpreneurship: Authors need to behave like they’re businesspeople in regard to their brand and marketing efforts for both themselves and their work.
- Google and blogs: “Shit.”: Blogs are declining, and Seth Godin’s “Is Google making the web stupid?” claims that Google searches may be the cause. Google is part of the problem, but the key problem is that people are spending less time browsing websites and searching Google. Instead, we are living in an app and social content age.
- Why Writers Need to Know the Publishing Business: Authors, even traditionally published ones, need to understand how the publishing part works. Knowledge is power, and can lead to more success.
- The Two Sides of SEO for Book Publishers: The search engine optimization (SEO) has two sides: on-site elements and off-site content about the site and products. By understanding these elements more, you can better control where you end up in search results.
- Publishers bypass literary agents to discover bestseller talent: Publishers are starting to become more active in the search for new talent which is just one readjustment they’re trying so as to keep up with developments like self-publishing.
- Want to Profit as an Author? Think About Sponsorships: Author Power is a book that shows that self-promotion is a necessity for profiting as an author. This can also lead to an organization wanting to sponsor the novel.
- Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job: Google at one point in time was dedicated to preserving the past, but that’s not very profitable. But there are nonprofits that are dedicated to this preservation, and they need support.
- HOW “STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS” STILL END UP WEAK AND POWERLESS (OR, “DO THEY PASS THE ACTION FIGURE TEST?”): Female characters need to have character agency, or have an ability to affect the story. Their choice to fight is more interesting than how well they fight.
- Those Who Stay: the lives of writers’ companions: Writers affect and are affected by a variety of people. This is an article about some examples of these companions.
- You think writing’s a dream job? It’s more like a horror film: Being an author is a dream for many, but the fact remains that this profession is full of rejection, fear, paranoia, insecurity and loneliness.
- The Last of the Typewriter Man: Paul Schweitzer is one of the last typewriter repairmen in the United States.
The “new” media
- Why print newspapers remain the dominant media power in Britain: There are a number of reasons for why print newspapers are dying, but in Britain they are still popular.
- The new New York Times Magazine: The New York Times Magazine has been redesigned in an effort to make it distinctive, intellectual and enjoyable.
- The New Republic, Then and Now: The New Republic had a major reboot with a new masthead, and over 23 employees departed and were replaced with a more diverse group.
- David Remnick Looks Back On Tough Decisions As ‘The New Yorker’ Turns 90: The New Yorker is celebrating its 90th anniversary through a special edition with nin running covers. Article also includes personal stories from its editor, David Remnick.
- Investigative Reporting Pulitzer entries up 50 percent since magazines were allowed in: The Pulitzer Prizes now allows online and print magazines, and has had an increase of 50 percent in the investigative entries and a 21 percent increase for feature submissions.