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Authors Recalibrate for Tight Book Market

Slow money is better than no money, or so it appears from the 2015 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey. Authors in this year’s sample who self-published their work were more likely to be satisfied than their traditionally published counterparts by more modest earnings. One reason why, writes Dana Beth Weinberg, who...

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Authors Playing the Long Game in a Tough Book Market

In the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey, we noticed low satisfaction scores for sales, marketing and earnings among the authors in our sample, leading us to speculate that there was a gap between authors’ expectations and the realities of the book market, where it is very difficult to sell a large number of books....

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How Authors Balance Risks and Rewards

When authors sign contracts with publishers, exactly what is given and what’s expected in return? What do publishers and indie authors do that makes some of them successful and others less so? The results of the 2015 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey are in, and they lay the groundwork for a...

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Mobile Moves to the Center

How the mobile boom is driving a number of trends in a digital landscape where ebook growth has stalled, a full recap of Digital Book World 2015 conference coverage, Amazon reassures authors on Kindle Unlimited, data on authors' earnings and much more.

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Talking Ebooks with Apple and Amazon

Leaders at the two biggest ebook retailers to take the stage next week at Digital Book World 2015, Smaswords increases output, sizing up supply-and-demand in the digital market, Scribd raises $22 million, what's next for Nook and more.

Lessons and Expectations as the Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey Evolves

This year marks the third year that Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest are surveying authors on their publishing experiences and income. When I came on board last year, I began by revisiting the numbers from the inaugural Author Survey published in early 2013. While Digital Book World’s then–editorial director Jeremy Greenfield had already...

HarperCollins Ebooks Get Airborne

The publisher and airline team up to offer an in-flight ebookstore, Kindle Unlimited rumored to set sights on Brazil, Adobe pushes latest fixed-layout EPUB tools, Kobo eyes self-publishing market in Europe and much more.

Self-Publishing Shifts Focus

An industry insider's take on how the self-publishing world is moving away from earlier concerns to tackle new issues, judge approves Apple ebook settlement, weighing the future of ebook subscriptions and bundling and much more.

Self-Publishing Reaches the Summit

I recently took part in New Generation Publishing’s annual Self-Publishing Summit in London, now in its third year. It is always a good opportunity to stop and consider how the self-publishing sector has evolved. The is no doubt that self-publishing, often derided in its former forms, has made a huge mark in the last three...

Oyster Turns Web Publisher

The subscription ebook service turns web publisher with an online literary magazine, Simon & Schuster widens its library ebook program, BiblioBoard offers library ebooks by indie authors, BitLit bundles Elsevier ebooks and much more.

Nook Returns to Audiobooks

The audiobook market heats up as Nook gets back into a game Scribd just joined, Simon & Schuster launches an online magazine, Open Road eyes Spanish ebook readers, why Penguin Random House should try subscription ebooks and more.

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New Ebooks by Veteran Authors Storm Best-Seller List

This week sees a number of changes on the ebook best-seller list, beginning right at the very top. Stephen King’s new novel Revival knocks John Grisham’s Gray Mountain down a peg to No. 2, after the latter spent two weeks at No. 1. Grisham and King are among the best-known and best-selling authors in the world, and although nearly half of...

Digital Book World Seeks Input from Authors on Publishing Experiences

What do authors want? How are authors faring in the changing publishing ecosystem? Those are questions we’ve asked before, along with a number of others, in two previous Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Surveys. And they’re among the new set of questions about the author community that we’re asking again this year. We invite...

Nook Expands Publishing Services

Nook adds to its slate of offerings for publishing services as that marketplace expands, brushing up on metadata before the holiday shopping season, ebooks by self-published authors comprise a fifth of the best-seller list and much more.

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Self-Published Ebooks Keep Ahead on Best-Seller List

Self-published authors keep up their recent strong showing on this week’s ebook best-seller list, with three of them moving into the top ten. All three titles in Deborah Bladon’s Ruin trilogy appear on this week’s list, a fifth of which consists of self-published titles. The other two include The Arrangement 17 by H.M. Ward, which makes its debut this week, and...

Forget the Book Launch

Why ebook marketing is increasingly about the long-game and relies less on a traditional book launch, Blurb gets competition from Reedsy in curating publishing services, Apple still dominates tablets on several fronts and much more.

Blurb Plays Publishing Matchmaker

The platform offers authors a "Dream Team" of recommended publishing experts, evaluating the changing self-publishing landscape, Amazon Publishing loses top editor to Penguin Press, subscription e-textbooks and much more.

Book Marketing the Old Way Versus the Way That Works Today—Part 3: Ignore the Expensive Launch

Effective book marketing today is a different game than it used to be. This post continues my recent series comparing traditional book marketing methods with newer, more effective strategies. This article (the third installment) focuses on the strategic decision forego a big launch at a book’s introduction into the market. Traditional book publishing once put...

Blurb Links Authors With Vetted Publishing Professionals

There’s no shortage of freelancers, consultants and service providers for authors looking for help with their publishing projects. But evaluating them all is a forbidding undertaking, and Blurb is aiming to fix that. With the launch of its “Dream Team,” the publishing platform offers to connect authors with vetted publishing professionals who come recommended by...

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Grisham Unseats Flynn on Ebook Best-Seller List

John Grisham’s Gray Mountain hits the top of the Ebook Best-Seller List this week, swapping places with Gone Girl, the Gillian Flynn novel that held strong at No 1. for the past six weeks. Two other Gillian Flynn titles remain within the top 25, though: Dark Places and Sharp Objects. And it’s all good news anyway for Penguin Random House,...

Book Marketing the Old Way Versus the Way That Works Today—Part 2: Email Promotions

Selling a book today in either the self-publishing or traditional publishing worlds confronts authors with a marketing dilemma. Older methods no longer have the purchase they once did in the digital age. I’ve written a series of articles on that subject in an effort to compare traditional book marketing with more modern, effective strategies that work. This installment focuses on...

Young Adult Still Driving Trade Growth

Recent sales figures show young adult and children's titles still propelling modest growth for trade publishers, Hachette Livre increases its stake in a Russian publisher, iBooks bulks up its promotional toolkit and much more.

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Self-Published Titles Rally on Ebook Best-Seller List

Recent weeks saw the brief ascent of higher-priced titles from traditional publishers on the Ebook Best-Seller List, a phenomenon that reversed course last week and is replaced this one by the resurgence of less expensive, self-published titles. Penelope Ward’s self-published Stepbrother Dearest remains squarely within the top ten, jumping two places into the No. 4 position this week. And Deborah...