IndieReCon – Free Online Conference Starts Next Week Marketing Publishing Resources Writing

There’s a free, online self-publishing conference taking place next week. It’s the second year of IndieReCon, and they have an action-packed schedule filled with all sorts of great stuff – a mixture of posts, vlogs, webinars, as well as the opportunity to drill deeper into the various topics with a series of online and Twitter chats. The fun kicks off next Tuesday, Feb 25 at 10:00 (EST) and runs until Thursday, Feb 27 at 22:00 (EST). I have all the details below from one of the co-founders, SR (Shelli) Johannes, which I’m happy to share. Be sure to drop in, there’s some cool stuff planned, and it’s all FREE (make sure to register to gain access). Here’s Shelli with more: 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…

Exclusive: Amazon Signs Indie Author Lia Fairchild

Amazon’s newer imprints have been getting all the press lately, but today, AmazonEncore has announced the signing of indie author Lia Fairchild. Her debut novel In Search of Lucy will be re-released next Spring in both paper and digital formats with a spiffy new cover, and – most importantly – that much-coveted marketing push. AmazonEncore was the company’s first foray into publishing in 2009, albeit on a smaller scale than we are seeing with the new imprints. Their mission has been to “unearth exceptional books and emerging authors” and over the past two years, they have published work from authors such as Christopher Herz, Stephen Leather, Joe Konrath, and Karen McQuestion. Here’s the official announcement:

Bob Mayer On Traditional Publishing, The Future, And Selling Direct To Readers

Bob Mayer has been on the New York Times Bestseller list twice. His Atlantis series alone sold over a million copies for his publisher. But now he has the rights back and is self-publishing everything, making more than he ever did before. When we talk about indie success stories, the same three names are always mentioned: Hocking, Konrath, and Locke. While they all deserve that billing, there are others who deserve to be mentioned in the same breath. One of those is Bob Mayer. A lot of self-publishers were complaining last month that things were slow. With the combination of good weather, kids off from school, people being online less, and various large publisher sales on Amazon, many indies saw a dip. Bob Read More…