The Profit-Sharing Translation Model – First Title Released Publishing

First of all, an apology. After my move to London last month, it took longer than expected to get settled. I’m finally back online, working off a dodgy mobile connection – but at least it’s something. While I’ve been wrestling with estate agents, recruitment agents, and insurance agents over last six weeks (what is it with agents?), a lot has been going on. I’ve been selling quite a few paperbacks – both online and offline (direct to indie bookstores) – editing my next novel for release in July, working on a dystopian novella, and sketching out notes for the rest of the books I want to release this year. I’ll cover all those topics over the next couple of weeks, Read More…

2011: The Self-Publishing Year In Review

This has been a year of massive changes. Some of the older hands say that the business has always been this way. However, I don’t think we are simply seeing another year of flux. Instead, we are witnessing a process unfold which will revolutionize publishing forever (or at the very least, the foreseeable future). But hey, I could be wrong, and we might all be back querying – and fawning in the comments of agents’ blogs – by March. January The year opened with a booming e-book market as millions of Americans went on a binge buying spree to fill up their new e-readers – most of which were Kindles. That led to a handful of self-publishers posting truly eye-catching numbers, some Read More…

Share The Wealth: A Radical Solution To Translation Costs

The opening of Amazon Spain on Wednesday and a planned Kindle Store for later this year, as well as widely rumored expansions into France, Italy, and India, has many writers thinking about international markets. In my blog post on Friday, I discussed the opportunities that present themselves in Spain for self-publishers who aren’t hamstrung by territorial restrictions and whose competition will be high-priced books from local publishers, which Amazon are legally prevented from discounting by more than 5% for the first two years of publication. Several commenters pointed out that for most writers the cost of a professional translation is prohibitive (running to several thousand dollars per book). And you really need a professional to do the job – automated software Read More…

Crowdsourcing Book Promotion: Scott Nicholson's Social Experiment With $$$

I heard what Scott Nicholson had planned for September a couple of weeks ago, and I was intrigued. Ok, I wasn’t just intrigued, I was jealous. It’s a superb idea and I think it’s going to work very well for him. Scott is very clever, always looking for an angle, and we are fortunate to be able to stand on the sidelines and watch and learn. Without further ado (can you tell I’m in the middle of writing a wedding speech), here’s Scott. *** Indie authors have the same tools—content creation, formatting, editing, graphic design, and distribution—as publishers when it comes to developing ebooks, whether the indie author tackles the job alone or outsources some of the tasks.

Crowdsourcing Book Promotion: Scott Nicholson’s Social Experiment With $$$

I heard what Scott Nicholson had planned for September a couple of weeks ago, and I was intrigued. Ok, I wasn’t just intrigued, I was jealous. It’s a superb idea and I think it’s going to work very well for him. Scott is very clever, always looking for an angle, and we are fortunate to be able to stand on the sidelines and watch and learn. Without further ado (can you tell I’m in the middle of writing a wedding speech), here’s Scott. *** Indie authors have the same tools—content creation, formatting, editing, graphic design, and distribution—as publishers when it comes to developing ebooks, whether the indie author tackles the job alone or outsources some of the tasks.

Indie Author Scott Nicholson Signs Two-Book Deal With Amazon

Scott Nicholson has been picked up by Amazon’s increasingly busy imprint Thomas & Mercer. He signed a two-book deal which will include his self-published title, Liquid Fear, and the forthcoming sequel, Chronic Fear. Both will be released by Amazon on December 20 this year. Summer is traditionally a slow period in publishing. Not for Thomas & Mercer, who have also snapped up Michael Wallace and J Carson Black in the last ten days, adding them to their earlier batch of summer signings JA Konrath, Barry Eisler, and Blake Crouch. Along with some of the popular backlist titles of Ed McBain, Thomas & Mercer have an extremely strong line-up heading into the holiday season and beyond.

Smart Promo Idea (And For A Good Cause Too): The Summer Book Club

Just a short post today. A group of top-selling indie writers have come up with a rather clever idea that I wanted to highlight (which also happens to help a worthy cause). The Summer Book Club contains titles from top indie authors J Carson Black, Saffina Desforges, Mark Edwards & Louise Voss, Sibel Hodge, Victorine Lieske, HP Mallory, Scott Nicholson, and Cheryl Shireman. You can read Mark Edwards’ blog post about the background the idea here. They have set up a Facebook Page to promote the book club, and tonight they will be holding a chat with Mark Edwards himself.