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…

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…

Top 5 Things Emerging Authors Can Do to Sell More Books

As is the struggle for every author, you must find your audience. Last week we discussed “The Right Followers,” and this week we’re going to talk about how to find the right readers. Although it’s never easy to find your readers, they’re out there. And with the internet and social networks, it’s easier than ever…

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…

Should You Wait for New York?

The discussion on whether to wait for New York or to self-publish is as vibrant as ever on social networks. I saw someone tweet “If you self-publish, you’re an idiot” the other day. Interesting. Severely judgmental, but interesting. It speaks to the lack of respect some people (many people) have for self-publishing. However, there are…

Percentage of eReaders vs. Print

Publisher’s Weekly reports that while those who read only print books remains at around 40%, 26% percent of those say they will most likely buy an eReader sometime this year. Certainly print books are not going to disappear, certainly not in our lifetime. I have always found that fear particularly irrational, but I do love…

PubIt!: Barnes & Noble Plays Catch-up with Amazon’s KDP

At the DFW Writer’s Conference in February 2011, I attended a presentation on Barnes & Noble’s relatively new PubIt! system. PubIt! (yes, the exclamation point is necessary) is Barnes & Noble’s answer to Amazon’s Kindle Digital Publishing (KDP) system, an interface that allows authors and small publishers to publish eBook directly to Amazon.com for the…