How is Self-Publishing Affecting the Publishing Industry?

The following is a guest post by Vanessa Lang. Disclaimer, I’m not a fan of Lulu.com for reasons I’ll outline in a future blog. One of the main ones is that CreateSpace does the same thing, does it better, and offers more for the emerging author. —- The growing popularity if self-publishing has people wondering…

Apple & the eBook Revolution

Later this month, sources claim that Apple won’t be talking about the latest techno-gadget they made before everyone else. They’re known for their cutting-edge technology, quality products, and elitist pricing, but this month’s Apple event won’t focus on any of that. This month, they’re talking eBooks and eBook Publishing through their iBook platform. Yay! See…

Killing Themselves Over eBooks

I’ve said it before myself. NY Big Boy Publishers are only hurting themselves (well, along with their readers and their authors, I suppose) with their stance on eBooks. Here is an interesting blog post on the subject of DRM by author Charlie Stross: “Cutting Their Own Throats” Excerpt: The corporate drive for DRM is motivated…

Amazon’s KDP Select

Early last month, Amazon introduced their KDP Select Program for Kindle authors. This is a way to earn added royalties, use added promotional tools for your title, and get prime visibility on Amazon.com. Through KDP Select, Amazon Prime members can read any KDP Select Kindle eBook for free through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. From…

Amazon Bypasses Publishers

Thanks to Twitter, where I get all my news, I found this little piece on Slashdot: “David Streitfeld reports that Amazon is aggressively wooing top authors, gnawing away at the services publishers, critics and agents used to provide. ‘Everyone’s afraid of Amazon,’ says Richard Curtis, a longtime agent who is also an e-book publisher. ‘The…

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…

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…

Beware: Agents as Publishers

Dean Wesley Smith has written several posts over the past week on a very disturbing trend rippling through NY publishing. Authors need to know the truth behind this trend so that they can protect themselves. Basically, agents, like the rest of us, are trying to find ways to professionally survive this huge paradigm shift in…