Emerging Author Spotlight: Ian Fydell

(The following is a guest post by Emerging Author Ian Fydell) How many of you have ever looked up at the stars and wondered what’s out there? I bet many of you have. When I was seven years old my parents took me to see a movie some of you may know. It was a…

Kindle Indie Bookstore

A few months ago, Amazon announced the Kindle Indie Bookstore, a place where emerging authors and their books are showcased by Amazon, giving them higher visibility for potential readers. Awesome, if you’re chosen. Currently, there is no submission process, and Amazon chooses these showcased authors by “a combination of automated techniques and editorial activities to…

Kindle Singles

As I predicted over two years ago, eBooks will bring readers a resurgence of short fiction. It’s now more accessible. eZines and eReaders have given authors more markets for their short stories, and with the too-busy lifestyle in this culture, short stories provide a quick lunchtime reading escape. It’s a match made in cyberspace. Amazon,…

Amazon Payments

Last week when I was setting up O. M. Grey’s kickstarter program, I learned about Amazon Payments. Seeing as how I’m such a huge supporter of Amazon.com and everything they do, I was quite surprised I hadn’t heard of Amazon Payments before. PayPal has been my online method of choice for fifteen years. I’ve been…

LSI & Amazon: Bad Breakup

In my book Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author, I discuss at the length the benefits of Lightning Source for the Emerging Author. We’ve been with LSI for 3 years, and we love them. Although it seems that things are changing. Thanks to a comment by a reader, this article was brought to…

Independent Spirit of Emerging Authors

Today is Independence Day. It’s a time to celebrate the independent spirit within each of us. Many of our cultures most famous authors started through self-publishing their works. Names like Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Beatrice Potter, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf, to name a few from history. For more contemporary examples, both the NYT bestseller The…

Emerging Author Spotlight: T. S. Tate

I know I haven’t done an Emerging Author Spotlight in awhile, and I’m still not really doing one today. This amazing woman, while an emerging author as well, is a fine freelance editor. I can personally (& highly) recommend her, as she edited my book Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author. From her…

70% of Nothing…

Last week I read a post called “70% of Nothing is Nothing,” and it rather got my goat. Although the article went onto talk about the importance of quality in self-published works, something I emphasize in my blog and my book, the bulk of it carried the tone of discouraging authors to self-publish based on…

Amazon Joins Big Publishing

Big news in New York Big Boy (NYBB) publishing. Whereas up until recently they’ve been known as the “Big 6,” they are now the “Big 7.” Amazon joins the traditional publishing world in a big way, with new imprints and an aggressive move to acquire new and established, best-selling authors. They are the new player…

Questionable eBook Royalties

And the fun keeps on coming. Thanks to Scott White, husband and manager of author Skyler White, who linked me to this post by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, I have something very important to discuss today. As I mention in my book, New York publishers are working on a century-old business model, and it’s starting to…