Guest Post: My Write App

The following is a guest post by Paul E. Cooley. For an author, e-books can be their own special kind of hell. They’re inexpensive to produce, should be inexpensive for the reader, and allow writers to include all sorts of contextual information that is impossible to duplicate in their paper brethren. However, who wants to…

Smashwords, LSI, and CS News

Just a few links to actual posts, seeing as how this is obviously not a real post. Smashwords to Start Accepting More eBook Formats in 2012 EXCERPT: Starting in 2012, Smashwords is going to allow everyone to submit other eBook files instead of the DOC file that is used as the source for Meatgrinder. This…

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…

European Writing Retreat!

Today I’m off to Europe for seven week, hopefully to get a novel written. The podcasts will post as normal on Fridays, but the rest may be a bit more sporadic. Do bear with me. I’ll still have internet access, of course, and if there is a topic on which you’d like me to write,…

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…

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…

New York Big Boys (Podcast)

Listen to the realities of going with a New York Big Boy publisher for your book, both the pros and cons. Learn how to get a New York Publisher and how long it is likely to take. Understand royalties and advances, and see how the industry is changing. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 2, New…

Choosing a Publishing Path

There are more publishing choices available to authors now than ever before. NY. Traditional. eBook. CreateSpace. POD. Self-Publish. Vanity. Etc. This is both wonderful and rather overwhelming. For me, when there are too many choices, I have a harder time making a decision. Perhaps that’s because I have a higher chance of making the wrong…

#Hashtags on Twitter

Twitter is a strange bird, indeed. If you’re new to Twitter and you don’t understand what you’re seeing, it can be rather intimidating, but used correctly, Twitter is a powerful marketing and community building tool. I dedicate a rather large section of my book Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author to Twitter because…