Some self-published authors, when they publish books, do everything themselves, from writing to editing to cover design to formatting and distribution. Others work with a self-publishing services vendor or hire a team of help around them – editors, designers, etc.
But which way is best?
While the evidence is inconclusive, it seems as if those authors who use some form of help have the best results, according to data from Digital Book World’s latest author report. What isn’t up for debate is that many authors do spend money bringing their work to market, basically functioning like a publisher.
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Building a Company Culture at HMH (DBW)
Like many large media companies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a Frankenstein of sorts – its corporate history is littered with mergers and acquisitions. Until recently, it didn’t really have a cohesive company narrative and its employees sometimes felt more loyal to the previous incarnation of their employer than the current one. So it did what publishers do best: It told a story. More (pictures).
Publishing Industry of the Future (The Shatzkin Files)
Four questions that we don’t know the answers to at this point will determine the size and shape of the publishing industry of the future.
Baker & Taylor Bring Library Ebooks to Canada (DBW)
Through a partnership, Baker & Taylor is bringing its Axis 360 library ebook platform to libraries in Canada.
OverDrive Invades Japan (DBW)
The company has struck a partnership that will allow it to distribute ebooks in Japan.
How a Book Gets Translated (Publishing Trendsetter)
Follow this infographic to see how a book goes from its original form to translated.
Another Discovery Site (DBW)
The Fussy Librarian wants to help you find your next book.
Ten Cheap and Easy Ways to Promote Your Book (DBW)
Hear it straight from the experts. Register now.
Kobo Book Club? (Good E Reader)
A customer survey suggests Kobo may be considering a move into building a social ebook club.
UK Publishing Industry Awards (The Bookseller)
Little, Brown and Pan Macmillan were among the recipients of The Bookseller’s annual honors.
PRH’s Crown Reorganizes (Pub Lunch)
The division of the large publisher is facing a reorg. One notable departure is nine-year Crown veteran, vice president and executive editor Rick Horgan.