Let's Get Digital is Free on Amazon Publishing Resources

Let’s Get Digital is free on Amazon. If you haven’t already grabbed a copy, now would be a good time. It will likely only be free for a few days, and this might well be the only free run this book goes on, so don’t miss out. If you prefer paper-based thrills, the print edition is now available from Amazon (print formatting again by the wonderful Heather Adkins). It should appear very shortly on The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble, as well as in some physical bookstores. Let’s Get Digital is only free on Amazon US, but I don’t want anyone to miss out. If you own a device other than a Kindle, download a copy from Amazon anyway, then email Read More…

Let’s Get Digital is Free on Amazon Publishing Resources

Let’s Get Digital is free on Amazon. If you haven’t already grabbed a copy, now would be a good time. It will likely only be free for a few days, and this might well be the only free run this book goes on, so don’t miss out. If you prefer paper-based thrills, the print edition is now available from Amazon (print formatting again by the wonderful Heather Adkins). It should appear very shortly on The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble, as well as in some physical bookstores. Let’s Get Digital is only free on Amazon US, but I don’t want anyone to miss out. If you own a device other than a Kindle, download a copy from Amazon anyway, then email Read More…

Print Editions, Mailing Lists, Special Offers, Donations & Ad Spots

A number of questions have been popping up by email and in the comments – topics I’ve alluded to here but haven’t gone into much detail. I’m going to run through them quickly today: print editions, mailing lists/newsletters, running a sale, PayPal donations, and ad spots on reader sites and book blogs. Let’s Get Physical As you might have guessed by the above pic, my first print edition has been foisted onto the world. If any of you are interested in purchasing A Storm Hits Valparaiso in paperback, North American readers can get it from Amazon (those in the US can also purchase from Barnes & Noble), and international readers are advised to buy from The Book Depository (who are excellent), Read More…

Print Editions, Mailing Lists, Special Offers, Donations & Ad Spots

A number of questions have been popping up by email and in the comments – topics I’ve alluded to here but haven’t gone into much detail. I’m going to run through them quickly today: print editions, mailing lists/newsletters, running a sale, PayPal donations, and ad spots on reader sites and book blogs. Let’s Get Physical As you might have guessed by the above pic, my first print edition has been foisted onto the world. If any of you are interested in purchasing A Storm Hits Valparaiso in paperback, North American readers can get it from Amazon (those in the US can also purchase from Barnes & Noble), and international readers are advised to buy from The Book Depository (who are excellent), Read More…

AAP Figures Released: E-Books Keep on Truckin’ But Print Isn’t Dead Yet

The American Association of Publishers (AAP) have released their figures for March. The headline figures were that e-books grew 145.7% year-on-year from March 2010 (in revenue terms), and print bounced back after a terrible start to the year, with two categories showing gains. Adult Hardcover was up 6% year-on-year and Adult Mass Market Paperback grew 1.2%. Adult Trade Paperback fell 7.7%. Despite that drop, Adult Trade Paperback was the #1 selling format at $115.9m, followed by Adult Hardback at $96.6m, e-books at $69m, and Adult Mass Market Paperback at $55.2m.

Stop Fighting It, E-book Dominance Is Inevitable

I have a confession to make. I’ve never really liked hardbacks. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like looking at them. I like touching them. I like holding them. I think they are beautiful objects. I just don’t like reading from them, they are cumbersome, heavy, uncomfortable to read when lying down, and difficult to lug from place to place. And they are expensive. The cloth cover, acid-free paper, and pristine dust-jacket all cost money. When the publisher factors in storage, delivery, and returns, as well as all those free copies for reviewers and promotions, there are a lot of costs they have to pass on to the reader.

The Future Has Happened Already: E-books Overtake Paperback Sales in the U.S.

E-books are now the #1 selling format in the U.S.  And that’s not just in terms of volume, but in dollars too. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) yesterday released sales figures for the month of February, and I was blown away.  E-book sales (year on year) grew over 200%.  They now comprise 29.5% of the market.  And this is only e-book data from 16 of the biggest publishers reporting versus 84 publishers reporting print data, the real number could be higher. But the headline news was this: e-books are the top-selling format across all trade categories. More than paperback!

Money's Too Tight To Mention

So far we have talked about some of the challenges facing the publishing industry, not least those poised by the digital revolution.  This time I want to talk about money: royalty rates and advances. Royalty Rates. People often ask how much money a writer makes, per copy sold.  The short answer is, not much (and as you will see below, it’s the wrong question).  I think it would be useful to show how the money you hand over for your books is divvied up.

Money’s Too Tight To Mention

So far we have talked about some of the challenges facing the publishing industry, not least those poised by the digital revolution.  This time I want to talk about money: royalty rates and advances. Royalty Rates. People often ask how much money a writer makes, per copy sold.  The short answer is, not much (and as you will see below, it’s the wrong question).  I think it would be useful to show how the money you hand over for your books is divvied up.