Why Giving Away Thousands Of Free Books Is A Good Thing

While on the surface the following may seem to be a KDP Select success story, it’s actually something a little more important than that: a testament to the power of determination, and proof that even the most niche of books can be a self-publishing success story, a book that every agent in the UK said there was no market for. I first met Tony James Slater at a conference almost exactly two years ago. Given that it was quite a, cough, liquid affair, neither of us remember much about the encounter, other than we were both in a similar position: we had a finished book with which were desperately trying (and failing) to elicit interest. And we were both getting knocked Read More…

Time Traveling Through the Past Decade of Publishing

I promised to have a guest post from a writer who is doing well out of KDP Select, to balance out my post explaining why I wouldn’t be participating, and why I was against the program in general. This is the first of two guest posts on KDP Select from writers that are participating, and doing very well out of it. And don’t worry, I’m not slacking off while the guest posters are in the house – I have a new column up at Indie Reader called The Sharks Are Circling. Here’s Marilyn Peake: The past ten years have seen such sweeping changes in the publishing industry, specific technologies have gone from cutting-edge to old-fashioned in what seems nearly the blink Read More…