New York writer Teymour Shahabi wanted to self-publish his novel. But how would he do so without the necessary push, judgment and intimidation that an editor from a traditional publisher might give him?
As Shahabi writes, “Enter YouTube.”
Shahabi, an admitted self-publishing novice, turned to the video-sharing platform and spoke into the camera about his process.
“The words that came out formed a plan that I hadn’t fully thought out in my head,” Shahabi writes. “Every week I would shoot a quick update on my self-publishing adventure, and I would post it on YouTube.
The endeavor changed the way Shahabi looked at his writing, as people began reaching out and following his progress.
“I used to think that perseverance and irrational confidence were everything I needed,” Shahabi writes. “What YouTube gives a writer is someone to write for.”
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Amazon Releases List of Best-Selling UK Kindle Authors (Wired)
Amazon opened its Kindle store in the UK on August 5, 2010, and to mark the date the company released a list of its best-selling authors and ebooks over the last five years. In the UK, E.L. James tops the list, as does her book Fifty Shades of Grey.
ALA Announces New Privacy Guidelines for Ebook Lending (ALA)
In a press release, the American Library Association announced the approval of a new document that “outlines best practices for vendors to follow to protect the privacy of library users.” The new guidelines are “intended to encourage vendors and libraries to work together to develop effective privacy protection policies and procedures for ebook lending and the delivery of digital content to library patrons.”
The State of Self-Publishing in Germany (Publishing Perspectives)
A new study of nearly 1,400 German indie publishers provides some new insight into the burgeoning market. Of the authors surveyed, 64.2 percent have been publishing their books independently during the last year, a figure that has risen each of the past two years. When asked why they choose to self-publish, 65.9 percent of authors cited editorial and marketing freedom. And perhaps in a sign of things to come, 61 percent of authors said they eschew traditional publishing houses and choose to self-publish only, compared to 51.6 percent in 2013.
eCampus.com Wins 5-Year Contract at UW-Milwaukee (PW)
In an agreement that bears, according to Publishers Weekly, “striking similarities” to ones that Amazon made with Purdue and UMass Amherst over the past year, eCampus.com will handle textbook sales virtually for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee starting this fall. The agreement includes a physical presence on campus; construction will begin next month.
Bookmate Brings Social Ereading to Latin America (PR Newswire)
In a press release, the social ebook reading service Bookmate announced that it is launching in Latin America by partnering with Tigo Mobile in Paraguay and Guatemala. Bookmate has secured more than 40,000 Spanish language ebooks from over 400 publishers. The service plans to expand to more Latin American markets later this year.
Harlequin Audiobooks Now Available in Libraries (Library Journal)
Harlequin audiobooks are being made available for libraries for the first time through Harlequin Audio, a new imprint operating in conjunction with HarperAudio. The audiobooks will be available in both physical and digital formats, as well as through select streaming services.