These days, not everyone starts off with a book deal. Some do, but that’s a rarity. What is more likely is for the writers of today to self-publish or have their works moderated online by like-minded communities or to write a blog online. Who says that isn’t getting published, though?
Most likely, if you are interested in the publishing industry, you have already read Hugh Howey’s advice to big publishers on how they should run their businesses. If nothing else, it was an entertaining article that, if put into practice, would see much of the glitz and glamour of traditional publishing stripped away and placed… Read more »
Publishing Perspectives contributor Tanja Tuma recently opened up the topic of the average independent publishing or self publisher’s ability (or rather, lack of) to sell in mortar-and-brick bookstores. The topic, found in the ‘Discussion’ section of the website, has garnered amongst the largest amount of user comments of any of the topics available for discussion…. Read more »
Digital Book World recently released some statistics that compares the income of writers depending on their ‘author type’ in the 2013 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey. While some data is unsurprising, I don’t think that the results are a large cause for worry for any categories concerned.
In an interesting (ahem, I mean, immoral and disgusting) turn of events, WHSmith and Kobo have attracted a lot of negative attention in the last week after it was discovered that several erotic self-published titles appeared alongside children’s ebook titles in WHSmith search results for usually innocent words like ‘daddy’. The backlash from this has… Read more »
Traditionally, publishers have always played the role of gatekeeper when it comes to what is presented to readers in the literary world. It’s quite simple: if the publisher reads your work and likes it or sees potential, you get published! Hooray! But what happens in the age of digital and self-publishing?
Former Australian cricketer Steve Waugh has announced that his new book, The Meaning of Luck: Stories of Learning, Leadership and Love will be sold exclusively through Big W and selected Woolworths stores from 15 August.
Although growth in the independent press and self-publishing industries is cause for celebration for readers, it has also led to one particularly tiresome dilemma. How can you find a quality digital book?
Not long after posting my defence of John Green, I came across a potentially incendiary piece on Publishing Perspectives about how vital an editor really is. Don’t worry, John Green hasn’t secretly taken over this place, but the ideas he and, as it turns out, others touched on are worth exploring in more depth.
Publishing industry commentary seems to be on a hair trigger right now. Tweets and blog posts are likely to be fired at someone before they’ve even finished speaking, much less been understood. The trouble with all this volatility is that its usually only the easy targets who get hit: agents, big publishers and anyone standing… Read more »