Interview With Indie Romance & Erotica Writer Harris Channing

I like to mix things up now and then on this blog so that it’s not all publishing news all the time. Today, I am posting an interview with romance and erotica writer Harris Channing. Some of the topics we touch on are writing in different genres, secret identities, and the huge popularity of erotica e-books.

Interview With Indie Romance & Erotica Writer Harris Channing

I like to mix things up now and then on this blog so that it’s not all publishing news all the time. Today, I am posting an interview with romance and erotica writer Harris Channing. Some of the topics we touch on are writing in different genres, secret identities, and the huge popularity of erotica e-books.

Major US Agency Moves Into Publishing. Or Do They?

It seems like the big news stories are coming every day now. That’s what happens when you combine the disruptive power of the internet with a revolutionary change like digital self-publishing. In an announcement that is sure to cause some surprise, Dystel & Goderich – agents for Barack Obama, Judge Judy, John Locke, Joy Bauer, David Morell, and Richard Dreyfuss – have announced a move into publishing. Or have they? I have made my feelings about agents moving into publishing quite clear on a number of occasions, and have always attempted to highlight the egregious practices that are becoming more common. However, before we grab the pitchforks and march on 5th Avenue, I’m going to ask for a moment to Read More…

Are Big Publishers Losing The Battle For The Big Backlists?

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., the company which manages the literary estate of the deceased James Bond creator and thus controls not only all pre-existing James Bond works, but all future ones too, have been in the news this morning It has been announced that Simon Trewin from United Agents is no longer representing the company, which has been snapped up by Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown (UK). The reasons for the move are unknown, but will be speculated upon. The timeline is interesting here, and I can’t help but wonder if this is something to do with the James Bond backlist. These titles should be especially lucrative given that Bond has shifted over 100m copies in print. Some are available Read More…

JK Rowling Really Is Self-Publishing: A Closer Look

Now that the dust has settled a little, I would like to take some time today to examine aspects of JK Rowling’s move into self-publishing. As soon as the announcement was made, various people were tying themselves into knots to describe this as anything other than self-publishing. “Although some are likely to see Rowling’s decision to be her own publisher for her e-books as a significant one for the industry at large, Potter is a unique franchise.” That was from Publisher’s Weekly. Aside from the ludicrous suggestion that any writer couldn’t set up a website and sell their own work direct to the public, note they use “decision to be her own publisher” instead of the dreaded words “self-publishing”. Some Read More…

Print Continues Its Death Spiral

JK Rowling’s announcement that she is self-publishing the Harry Potter e-books pretty much drowned everything else out yesterday, but there was some other news that should be highlighted. The American Association of Publishers (AAP) released figures for April 2011. Adult Hardback was in first position again this month, with $111.4m in sales (a sharp drop of over 20% from $142.9m in April 2010). Adult trade paperback was in second position again this month with $95.9m (down from $128.2m or a drop of 25%). Ebooks held steady in third position with $72.8m (an increase of 165% on last year’s $27.4m).

JK Rowling To Self-Publish Harry Potter E-Books

In April, I predicted that a major international bestseller – a household name – would self-publish by the end of the summer. It looks like we won’t have to wait that long. JK Rowling announced the launch of Pottermore.com – which will be the exclusive vendor for the Harry Potter series in digital and audio formats. The e-books (and audiobooks) will be available – for the first time – from October, in a selection of languages. In addition, on YouTube, Rowling said the website would be host to “an interactive reading experience” which is separate from the e-books. The website will be “free-to-use”.

Interview with Digital Poet & Fantasy Novelist Stephen R. Drennon

One of the many things that fascinate me about digital publishing are the new possibilities afforded to writers. Traditionally, publishing has been wary of all sorts of stuff – short novels, short stories, longer novels,  novellas, and poetry. In fact, for a first time author, an agent would rarely look at an adult novel unless it fell exactly between 80,000 to 100,000 words. They had all sorts of good reasons for this, the main being that this was the sweet spot, the intersection between printing costs and buyer habits. However, the rise of digital publishing combined with the ability of the author to go direct to retailers such as Amazon (or even sell direct to the reader) has opened up Read More…

Interview with Digital Poet & Fantasy Novelist Stephen R. Drennon

One of the many things that fascinate me about digital publishing are the new possibilities afforded to writers. Traditionally, publishing has been wary of all sorts of stuff – short novels, short stories, longer novels,  novellas, and poetry. In fact, for a first time author, an agent would rarely look at an adult novel unless it fell exactly between 80,000 to 100,000 words. They had all sorts of good reasons for this, the main being that this was the sweet spot, the intersection between printing costs and buyer habits. However, the rise of digital publishing combined with the ability of the author to go direct to retailers such as Amazon (or even sell direct to the reader) has opened up Read More…

John Locke Sells A Million Books, Then Tells The World How He Did It

John Locke made history (again) yesterday when he was announced as the first indie writer to sell 1 million Kindle Books. In case you are wondering about Amanda Hocking – who broke a million a while back – that was for e-books in all formats through all retailers. On the same day, John Locke released his how-to book, How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months! which broke into the Top 100 items in the Kindle Store at some point yesterday evening. It’s now at #54. Pretty impressive for a self-published non-fiction book, and pretty impressive for a self-help book, or for any book on writing/publishing/marketing.

You Never Know When Your Promo Seeds Will Blossom

I am in a wistful mood this morning. Perhaps it’s the soft summer rain. Maybe its the Joe Dassin tune on my record player. Most likely it’s last tentacles of the wine I drank last night still wrapped lovingly around my frontal lobe. Whatever the cause, I’m going to take advantage of this faux-nostalgia and peer back through the mists of time, all the way to April 2011. If you keep with me until the end, there may even be a moral to the story. At the start of April, the only people who had read my writing were a handful of friends and a group of overworked literary agents’ interns. The only person who had been subjected to my Read More…

Self-Publishing Myth #1: You Will Never Make Any Money

There are a lot of myths surrounding self-publishing, and part of the mission of this blog is to try and dispel them. One of the most common myths is that if you self-publish you will never make any money. The usual reasoning is that most self-published work is crap and readers know it is crap, and they avoid it like the plague. Self-published work is poorly formatted, has a terrible cover, no editing, and – worst of all – it’s not ready for public consumption. And, even if you manage to avoid all of these pitfalls and you have written a good story, readers will never be able to find it in the sea of crap that’s out there, and Read More…

A Journey of a Million Steps – Guest Post by Margo Lerwill, Author of “Dis”

Today we have an extra-special guest post from blogger extraordinaire Margo Lerwill – one of the brains behind Wicked & Tricksy, and author of the feisty, Norse-themed urban fantasy short Dis. While she’s here, I’ll be over there. Take it away Margo… *** All writers, regardless of genre, fiction or non-fiction, planning for self-publication or seeking a traditional contract, will smack up against the same questions sooner or later: Am I ready? There are a lot of answers out there, a lot of opinions on how to gauge where we are in our development as writers or where our manuscripts are on the readiness scale.  One popular rule of thumb is the 10,000 hour rule that says it takes about Read More…

A Journey of a Million Steps – Guest Post by Margo Lerwill, Author of "Dis"

Today we have an extra-special guest post from blogger extraordinaire Margo Lerwill – one of the brains behind Wicked & Tricksy, and author of the feisty, Norse-themed urban fantasy short Dis. While she’s here, I’ll be over there. Take it away Margo… *** All writers, regardless of genre, fiction or non-fiction, planning for self-publication or seeking a traditional contract, will smack up against the same questions sooner or later: Am I ready? There are a lot of answers out there, a lot of opinions on how to gauge where we are in our development as writers or where our manuscripts are on the readiness scale.  One popular rule of thumb is the 10,000 hour rule that says it takes about Read More…

Indie Writers Making History In The UK

Indie authors Mark Edwards and Louise Voss are making history in the UK. Their second book Catch Your Death has been at the top of the Kindle charts (for all books) for over a week. To top it all off, their first novel Killing Cupid – which has been slowly creeping up behind – is now at #3! Congratulations to Mark and Louise on a stunning achievement. For those unaware of their background, neither of them have a history in trade publishing (like many indie authors, they couldn’t crack the system). They only self-published for the first time in February, and Catch Your Death was released in April. Overall, they have now sold 20,000 e-books, 17,500 of those in the month Read More…