Friday, June 28, 2013

Is self-publishing going from cool to mainstream? Self-publishing Times 1 3

Self-Publishing Times 1 3
28 June 2013

Dear Readers and Writers

Here are some interesting notes from news and information sources. Is self-publishing coming of age? Maybe it is a bit like rock ‘n roll, or other non-approved activities in their time – cool one day, mainstream the next. Some news briefs illustrate the point: the UK newspaper The Guardian starts a new series on self-publishing; a couple save their home through going the self-publishing route; and a writer regains control through self-publishing. Detractors still exist in large numbers, however, as seen by the assertion that ‘Self-published authors are destroying literature’.  The debate continues.


Introducing our series on self-published authors
Welcome to our new series on self-publishing. For a long time, we have been trying to find a way to cover self-published books. As many of you will remember, we've had a couple of false starts, but now we think we've come up with a way of finding the best self-published works without getting overwhelmed by emails and manuscripts.

Counterpoint: Self-Published Authors Are the Salvation of the Literature Full disclosure: Per yesterday's comments, I wish to state that I am a self-published author and I have two college degrees, including a graduate writing fellowship through the National Writing Project. There will be typos, but they aren't because I ...

Self-Published Authors are Destroying Literature
Self-published authors with their insistent need to spam social media and pump out a copious amount of horrible ebooks are ruining the modern online bookstore. You can’t browse Kobo, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon without running into a maelstrom of poorly written and poorly edited books.

How to Develop a Daily Writing Habit
Learn how to develop a daily writing habit and why it's beneficial to your everyday life to write every single day.

Polly Courtney: 'Now I'm back to self-publishing, I've regained control'
The term "self-publishing" is a misnomer; it doesn't mean that the author takes on all the parts of the publishing process as well as the writing. The author orchestrates the editing, cover design, production, distribution and promotion, but...

Self-Publishing Star Amanda Hocking Sells Next Series to St. Martin's
Amanda Hocking, who sold more than one million copies of her self-published novels before turning to a traditional publisher, has sold another series to St. Martin's Press.>

Children's Book Rises on Self-Published Bestsellers List - GalleyCat
Jocomo by Timothy Cohorst has climbed the Smashwords section of our Self Published Bestsellers List, the only children's book to ever crack our list. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the ...

Self-Published Science Fiction Bestsellers for June 2013 – GalleyCat Novelist A.G. Riddle stayed on our Science Fiction Self-Published Bestsellers list with The Atlantis Gene this month. Our weekly self-published bestsellers list is often dominated by the popular genres of romance and erotica. In an effort to help ...

Self-publishing saves a home
You won’t see this kind of success story out of just any self-publishing writer, but it’s great when you come across it, CBS News reports.

The artistic possibilities of self-publishing
“How I overcame snobbery to self-publish an e-book…”

Writing with your dad…writing with your daughter
When my dad suggested that we write a book together I remember thinking: is he serious? I was in year six at school, and I'd never even written a proper essay. How could I help him write a whole novel?

On Writing With Others
Sometimes I need some guarantee that another human being will actually read this little thing I'm spending far too much of my life creating. The silent covenant that I make with myself before writing anything — namely that I promise not to destroy it ...

Writing collides with digital age
As a schoolboy, Akihiro Matsumura spent hundreds of hours learning the intricate Chinese characters that make up a part of written Japanese. Now, the graduate student can rely on his smartphone, tablet and laptop to remember them for him.

O'Brien Wins Lifetime Achievement Prize for Military Writing...
Tim O'Brien, the author of “The Things They Carried,” among other works, will be awarded $100000 as the winner of the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

We Shouldn't Abuse Orwell's Writing When Discussing the NSA ...
On this day in 1903 Eric Blair, who would come to be better known by his pen-name George Orwell, was born in India. Orwell is perhaps best known for his.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Self-Publishing Times 1 2

Self-Publishing Times 1 2
3 June 2013

Dear Readers and Writers

Here are some interesting notes from news and information sources. Many of the articles focus on the ease of self-publishing as well as the inherent dangers. One of the key points I noted in one article was how self-publishing companies let down their clients (writers). In some cases, clients have paid thousands of dollars or pounds only to have books presented in a less than quality fashion. They let down writers and readers, but happily bank the upfront money people fork out for their services. Nevertheless, self-publishing is here to stay and is only growing, so I hope the articles below help writers and encourage publishers.


Book self-publishing: Authors must not ignore quality control
A good self-publishing company will give their customers excellent quality control services.

Is self publishing immoral?
Self-published authors – the successful ones – remove themselves from this eco system and so, the argument runs, also remove their subsidy from all those deserving writers who struggle to find a readership – the literary, the unfashionable ...

A Conversation With Author Tobias Buckell About Self-Publishing
Well-regarded Tor and self-published author Tobias Buckell just posted a wide-ranging analysis of the hype and letdown attached to much current self-publishing that has been getting considerable airtime on Facebook and elsewhere: ...

CreateSpace: Book self-publishing authors ignore quality control
Book self-publishing is the fastest and the easiest way to get a book published. Even though aspiring authors take advantage of this efficient method of publishing their books, they often ignore one key aspect of book publishing, which is quality control.

The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book
At every writers conference or self-publishing panel the question that almost always inevitably comes up is: “How much will self-publishing really cost me?” At every writers conference or self-publishing panel the question that almost always inevitably comes up is: “How much will self-publishing really cost me?”

PBS MediaShift starts publishing ebooks; first topics: cord-cutting and self-publishing.
MediaShift's first two titles are How to Self-Publish Your Book (80 pages, $3.99) and Your Guide to Cutting the Cord to Cable TV (50 pages, $2.99).

How I Self Published, Sold 60000 Copies, And a Literary Agent Found Me
We had coffee in the (very lovely) Charlotte Street Hotel and talked about books and self publishing and our favourite authors and how much we loved Mary Wesley and I thought "I like this person". But I was still a bit wary of signing away my freedom.

Self-Published Book Is Regional Winner In Commonwealth Book Prize
Self-published Jamaican author Ezekel Alan has been announced as a regional winner in the Commonwealth Book Prize, taking home £2,500 for his novel, Disposable People.

What Upstream Color & Walden Can Teach Us About Self-Publishing
Writers spend too much time arguing about the goldmine potential of self-publishing. When we talk about indie books, why does money dominate the conversation? Instead, we should worry about the artistic freedom that creators like Shane Carruth have.

Book company offers help for self-publishing
To prove the point, the local publisher started Legacy Isle Publishing to help those who want to chronicle their personal, family or business history. The self-publishing imprint offers editing and design services and will print the books, meant as meant as gifts and keepsakes. (Log-in required)

Talking To Jimmy Palmiotti About Religion, Self-Publishing And Breasts.
By Rich Johnston