UK Paper The Guardian Launches Monthly Self-Publishing Award

[Press Release] The Guardian and Legend Times launch ground-breaking self-publishing award The Guardian and Legend Times have announced a new monthly writing prize, highlighting the best self-published novels. The winning novel will be selected by a panel of industry judges …

3 Steps to Choosing The Perfect Freelance Editor

Digital publishing allows writers everywhere to become authors. One of the most important steps in getting your work polished for self-publishing is to hire a freelance editor for conceptual feedback and line edits. You can find many freelance editors with …

4 Questions To Ask Before Self Publishing

Self-publishing opens up a world of opportunities for novelists. But as in independent author, how do you know your book is ready for prime time? Use this quick checklist of questions to see if your fictional story is ready for …

Why Are T-Shirts More Valuable Than Ebooks?

My brothers-in-law recently started a T-shirt sales website. Grizz Riley.com sells comfy, cool T-shirts for $25. I fully support their entrepreneurial launch. But I couldn’t help thinking about it in comparison to publishers, selling ebooks for a just couple of bucks. …

Lessons Publishers Can Learn From Harlequin’s Annual Results

Harlequin announced their annual results last week and it was another disappointing year for the world’s leading romance book publisher. Harlequin is an interesting case study review about how the disruption of digital has affected traditional publishing. Harlequin has sold direct …

Who Is Really an Author?

Debating who can lay claim to the term, a closer look at Hugh Howey’s self-publishing advocacy, making pricing decisions, analyzing Amazon’s ebook dominance and more.

BookBaby Launches Direct-to-Consumer Book Retail Platform for Authors

Related: Author Satisfaction With Traditional Publishers Vs. Self-Publishing  [Press Release] BookShop Brings Authors Direct To Fans: BookBaby Changes the Game in Independent Publishing BookBaby, the publishing arm of CD Baby, the world’s largest distributor of independent music, is ready to …

BookBaby Bulks Up on Marketing

BookBaby beefs up its promotional offerings with two partnerships, Hugh Howey and the author “revolution,” BEA’s overtures to the indie community, codeMantra’s new owners and much more.

Self-Publishing Platforms Pool Marketing Resources

The ebook publisher and distributor BookBaby announced expansions to its promotional package BookPromo with tools to help authors promote their work through Goodreads and NoiseTrade Books. Titles published through BookBaby now be included in the Goodreads database. NoiseTrade, originally a music marketing …

Setting the Record Straight on Author Data

Reevaluating Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings claims based on the data, self-publishing and the state of the ebook market, a subscription service for kids’ audio books, forecasting the rise in ereading and much more.

Self-Publishing Platform Screwpulp Secures Seed Funding

[Press Release] SCREWPULP RAISES $330,000 TO START NEW CHAPTER IN PUBLISHING Self-publishing startup helps authors publish and readers connect Screwpulp, an ebook publishing platform that enables authors and readers to connect, has secured a seed investment of $330,000. Led by …

Self-Published Titles Take Top Ten Spots on Kindle Germany List

Self-publishing is blooming around the world. One indicator is that the ten best-selling books in Amazon’s Germany store are self-published, according to one blogger (in German). In the U.S., self-published authors have had some success cracking the ebook best-seller list. …

Webcast: Creating Next Generation Content in Habitat

Join us Tuesday, February 4 at 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT / 5:00 PM GMT for a free webcast covering the tools and skills you need to create professional-grade content in Inkling’s Habitat publishing platform. Habitat is Inkling’s …

A Fresh Perspective on Digital Publishing

A sweepstakes winner’s take on her first DBW, Wal-Mart’s two-year plan to give Amazon a run for its money, Amazon’s new Christian imprint, bridging the publisher and indie author communities and much more.

6 Degrees of Agent Evolution

This fall I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with dozens of agents and author management firms–and dozens of the authors they represent–to get a sense of what large- and small-scale adjustments are happening behind the scenes of the author representation …