Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Kindness of Strangers – Guest Post by Cheryl Shireman

One of the first things a writer notices when they join the self-publishing community is that it really is a community. We all pitch in to help each other. We share tips on editors, formatters, and cover designers. We recommend … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding A Novel – Turning A Profit Before You Publish

Regular readers will know that I always stress the importance of a professional package. This means only publishing your best work and having a great cover, neat formatting, proper editing, and an enticing blurb. Some of that stuff you can … Continue reading

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Guest post by David Wright – Serialization: A Timely Return for the Digital Age?

One of the most exciting aspects of the indie revolution is seeing writers moving beyond straitjacketed definitions of what a story or book should be. We have seen a resurgence in short stories, a rebirth of the novella, and, as … Continue reading

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Using “Free” On Standalone Books – Guest Post by Indie Author Hollister Ann Grant

I think we all know at this stage that “free” can be a powerful promotional tool. Usually, when writers go through the somewhat convoluted process of making a book free on Amazon, the aim is to introduce a new pool … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Amazon Signs Indie Author Lia Fairchild

Amazon’s newer imprints have been getting all the press lately, but today, AmazonEncore has announced the signing of indie author Lia Fairchild. Her debut novel In Search of Lucy will be re-released next Spring in both paper and digital formats with a … Continue reading

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Literary Agency Sells 520 Books In One Deal, Raising Questions

Last week, Curtis Brown (UK) signed a deal for 520 of their authors’ backlist titles to be published by Pan Macmillan’s new imprint Macmillan Bello. 120 titles will be released between November and the end of the year, with 400 … Continue reading

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July AAP Figures Show Continuing E-book Explosion

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has released its figures for the month of July. Aside from a bump in hardcover numbers, the same trends we have seen all year are visible: print down and e-books surging. As always, the AAP … Continue reading

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Kobo Partners With Major European Booksellers As Global English E-book Sales Surge

On Monday, we took a look at the European e-book market, on foot of the opening of Amazon Spain in September, last week’s new French Kindle Store, and widespread rumors that dedicated Kindle Stores will open in Spain and Italy … Continue reading

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The European Market: What’s Slowing Growth & What’s Driving It?

With the opening of Amazon Spain last month, the French Kindle Store last week, and strong rumors of more to follow, I thought it was a good time for an overview of the European e-book market. While most of the … Continue reading

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Indie Author Traci Hohenstein Signs Four-Book Deal With Amazon

Traci Hohenstein has signed on with Amazon’s increasingly acquisitive imprint, Thomas & Mercer, on a four-book deal, comprised of her indie smash hit Burn Out and three subsequent novels, as yet unpublished. This is somewhat new ground for Thomas & Mercer … Continue reading

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