Agents And Publishing: A Roadmap For Writers

I haven’t spoken much about the news this week that more agents are moving into publishing. I have already made my feelings clear here and in my book. In any event, there has been excellent coverage elsewhere, by Passive Guy, and Courtney Milan. Also, one of the agencies in question (there was another later in the week), BookEnds, has indicated that they will be providing more comprehensive information next week, so I think it’s fair to allow them time to do that before dealing with their particular proposed venture. Instead, I would like to suggest a potential roadmap for writers to make sense of all these different variations of agents getting involved in publishing. I’m not going to tell you what to think. Read More…

E-reader War Heats Up. How Can You Profit?

The big players are already jockeying for position in advance of what promises to be a bumper holiday season for e-reader, tablet, and e-book sales. All the major manufacturers are expected to release new e-readers and tablets including Sony, Apple, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. In addition, there are expected to be a range of devices from a selection of manufacturers tied to the Google platform. While users of one device aren’t necessarily chained to the retailer’s e-bookstore, customers will tend to do most of their shopping there because it’s just easier. The one major exception to that trend was Apple.

What Do You Want?

Trying to get writers to agree on something is like herding cats. We are all passionate people. We have a tendency to flare up over minor disputes (especially online). And we can usually pen a tight argument for pretty much any position. But I also think a lot of disagreements spring from the fact that we are all very different people, with different dreams, goals, and ambitions. As such, what might be good advice for one writer could be bad advice for another. Especially if you are aiming for different targets. So, what do you want? It would be nice to sell a million books. It would be flattering to have every agent and publisher in New York clamoring for your signature. Read More…

Amazon Rakes In More Cash, And Spends It Wisely

Amazon announced its Q2 results yesterday, and the growth was stunning – net sales were up 51% on 2010, topping out at $9.91bn for the three month period ending June 30. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said that “low prices, expanding selection, fast delivery and innovation are driving the fastest growth we’ve seen in over a decade.” He also noted that the Kindle 3G with Special Offers (priced at $139) quickly became their bestselling Kindle. As usual, no exact numbers were given. Those deep pockets just keep getting deeper. But what are they doing with the money? Despite this staggering growth, profits are down 8% on the same period last year. Why? Some of the details from Amazon’s press release Read More…

Indie Author J Carson Black Agrees Publishing Deal With Amazon

J Carson Black has agreed a three book deal with Thomas & Mercer, Amazon’s new thriller and mystery imprint. The deal will include her bestselling thriller The Shop, as well as two yet-to-be-released titles. This is very interesting news. For those who don’t know J Carson Black, she is the author of seven titles, and first self-published in June 2010. She didn’t see significant sales for months, and only really took off in April this year. And take off she did. She is closing in on 250,000 e-books sold – most of those in the last few months, and many of those at $2.99 or higher. Now she has been picked up by Amazon, joining authors such as Joe Konrath, Barry Read More…

The Relentless March of E-books

The AAP released their monthly figures (for May) on Thursday, and the same trends that we have seen all year have continued. Print is in freefall. Adult hardback dropped 38.2% year-on-year, adult trade paperback fell 14.3%, and adult mass-market paperback plunged 39.4%. By contrast, e-books grew 146.9% year-on-year. Children’s YA paperback bucked the trend by growing in May 2011 by 4.7% year-on-year. However, when we look at how all categories are performing in the first five months of 2011, these kind of spikes tend to flatten out. Print is being hammered. Adult hardback is down 23.4% from the same period in 2010. Adult trade paperback is down 17.9%. Adult mass-market paperback is down 30.1%. Children’s/YA hardback is down 6.3%. Children’s YA/Paperback Read More…

Guest Post by Moses Siregar III: Using “Free” to Generate Pre-Release Buzz

One of the criticisms that self-publishers face is that they rush their work out. Sometimes it’s bad covers, or poor editing, but sometimes the book just wasn’t ready to be published. Today’s guest poster, Moses Siregar III, understands the importance of making sure your book is the best you can possibly make it before you sent it out into the world. Rather than be frustrated by seeing other indie writers dive in and rack up sales, Moses never rushed his work, instead taking the time to assiduously build his platform in a number of interesting ways, all building up towards the release of his novel at the start of August. He has agreed to do a before-and-after guest post, so Read More…

Let's Get Digital: First Day Results (Normal Service Resumed Tomorrow)

That was exciting, wasn’t it? First of all, an apology. Sorry to anyone who ran into yesterday’s wall-to-wall promo for Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. We made an almighty noise. Normal service will resume tomorrow with a superb guest post from indie author Moses Siregar III author of the fantasy novella Black God’s War (which you can grab for free). I don’t want to give too much away, but Moses is one of the authors I originally wanted to include in Let’s Get Digital, (but it didn’t work out for a couple of reasons), and you will learn a lot about how to carefully and patiently build a platform, how to use “free” as a Read More…

Let’s Get Digital: First Day Results (Normal Service Resumed Tomorrow)

That was exciting, wasn’t it? First of all, an apology. Sorry to anyone who ran into yesterday’s wall-to-wall promo for Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. We made an almighty noise. Normal service will resume tomorrow with a superb guest post from indie author Moses Siregar III author of the fantasy novella Black God’s War (which you can grab for free). I don’t want to give too much away, but Moses is one of the authors I originally wanted to include in Let’s Get Digital, (but it didn’t work out for a couple of reasons), and you will learn a lot about how to carefully and patiently build a platform, how to use “free” as a Read More…

Let’s Get Digital Released Today!

It is with great pleasure, and no small amount of pride, that I can tell you that Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should has been officially launched. It’s been three hard months to get to this point, but it has all been worth it. I’m very proud of this book, and I think people will get a lot out of it. As regular readers will know, I’m trying an experiment with this book. The PDF Version is free – here – for anyone to copy, download, share, print, or email. You can also purchase an e-reader compatible version for $2.99 from Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, or Smashwords. If you notice a funny price on Amazon Read More…

Let's Get Digital Released Today!

It is with great pleasure, and no small amount of pride, that I can tell you that Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should has been officially launched. It’s been three hard months to get to this point, but it has all been worth it. I’m very proud of this book, and I think people will get a lot out of it. As regular readers will know, I’m trying an experiment with this book. The PDF Version is free – here – for anyone to copy, download, share, print, or email. You can also purchase an e-reader compatible version for $2.99 from Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, or Smashwords. If you notice a funny price on Amazon Read More…

Let's Get Digital: Launches Tomorrow

Tomorrow sees the launch of Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. It will be priced at $2.99 on Amazon US, £1.71 on Amazon UK, EUR 2.99 on Amazon DE, and $2.99 on Smashwords for international customers who are affected by the Amazon Surcharge. It will also be available as a free PDF download, right here. Tomorrow, the link to the free download will go live (if you want to be first to hear when it does, please subscribe to the blog or my newsletter). You will see a PayPal Donate button on that page. There will be a note asking anyone who found the free PDF useful to consider leaving a donation of their choice, or Read More…

Let’s Get Digital: Launches Tomorrow

Tomorrow sees the launch of Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. It will be priced at $2.99 on Amazon US, £1.71 on Amazon UK, EUR 2.99 on Amazon DE, and $2.99 on Smashwords for international customers who are affected by the Amazon Surcharge. It will also be available as a free PDF download, right here. Tomorrow, the link to the free download will go live (if you want to be first to hear when it does, please subscribe to the blog or my newsletter). You will see a PayPal Donate button on that page. There will be a note asking anyone who found the free PDF useful to consider leaving a donation of their choice, or Read More…

Borders Inches Closer to Liquidation. What Happens Next?

The deadline to save Borders passed yesterday, meaning that they will now proceed to a bankruptcy-court auction tomorrow. It’s not quite over for America’s second-largest bookstore chain, and a bidder could still emerge in the next day-and-a-half to save the company – which employs nearly 11,000 people – from being liquidated. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported today that Books-A-Million were in talks late last night about a deal. However, it seems clear that even if this move comes off, which is doubtful, it will only rescue part of the company, and a large amount of (further) store closures and layoffs is unavoidable. It seems likely now that the bones of Borders will be picked apart, and the remaining Read More…

Weekend Reading, Live Chat With J Carson Black & More

A quick round-up today, then it’s back to getting Let’s Get Digital: How To (And Why You Should) Self-Publish ready for upload. If I get it up on Sunday or Monday, it should be live on Wednesday or Thursday. As soon as it goes live on Amazon, the free PDF version will go live, right here. If you want to read a copy a few days ahead of anyone else, I have 10 0 left to give away. All I ask in return is that you read it quickly and try and post a review on Amazon on release day (or as soon as possible after). If you are interested, please leave a note in the comments (or email me at david dot Read More…