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New Amazon Policy Could Hurt Authors and Publishers

The Independent Book Publishers Association sent an FYI to their members yesterday, and we wanted to pass it along to you. Anyone who shops at Amazon is familiar with the “Add to Cart” button on every product page. In the past, options to buy used versions of the product were listed below the buy button. And […]

New Website for Wisdom House Books

If you’ve been to an NCWN conference in the past few years, you’ve likely seen North Carolina-based Wisdom House Books in the exhibit hall. Wisdom House is a “publishing hybrid boutique” whose mission is to “produce quality books that make a positive difference in the world.” They offer a full slate of publishing services, including […]

Introducing Kazabo

The publishing industry has undergone substantive change over the past decade-plus. Traditional publishers have had to adjust their business models to keep up with the demand for e-books and fight piracy (not to mention Amazon’s price-slashing approach to bookselling). But sometimes, from chaos comes innovation. Kazabo is a “new” kind of start-up publisher. They ask […]

Thirteen Steps to Landing an Agent

The Book Doctors send out a semi-regular e-newsletter. Earlier this month, David Henry Sterry offered a “baker’s dozen” pointers to finding a literary agent. To subscribe to their e-mail list, which we recommend, click here. Now, without further ado: 1. Research. “There is a fine line between research and stalking.” Read books similar to yours. […]

So Who’s Making Money with This Thing?

“Self-publishing has revolutionized the publishing industry.” How many times have you heard that in the past five years? And it’s true that it’s easier now than ever before for authors to publish and to put their writing in front of potential readers—cheaper too. And yet. Even before the invention of the e-reader, very few writers […]

Self-Publish? Don’t Even Think About It

A cottage industry—or really not so “cottage-y” anymore—has been built around dispensing advice to would-be authors on how to self-publish their book(s). How-to-guides, blogs and website services, and weekend-long conferences are devoted to eschewing the traditional method of publishing and teaching folks to do it themselves. What you’ll rarely hear at one of those publishing […]

How Do You Publish?

How do you publish? Have you been published by a traditional publishing house, or are you a self-published author? If self-published, are you distributing your book yourself or through a distributor? Jane Friedman, the web editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, walks authors through five different publishing models in her recent blog post here. Don’t […]

Ten Cool Apps for Writers

Your smartphone helps you keep in touch with friends, tells you what song is playing on the radio, and navigates your car around town. But can it also help you write better—or even get you published? Sandra Beckwith, a “recovering publicist with more than 25 years of award-winning publicity experience,” recently listed “10 Best Apps for […]

Looking to Publish Your Book? Try This Resource

A new website has been demanding our attention recently: www.MyPerfectPitch.com. Run by author Brian Grove (The Treasure Hunter’s Handbook, Little Brown), My Perfect Pitch “contains an unrivaled database of traditional book publishers who are currently accepting submissions from authors.” More than just a long, rambling list of publishers, each link leads directly to the particular […]

Seeking the Work-Promotion Balance

Whether we’re an indy author or we’ve been published through the traditional route, we’re expected to play some part in the promotion of our book. More than likely, we’re playing a large part. But one day, we feel our eyes glaze over from scouring Amazon.com for potential reviewers. We might find ourselves wondering, “Is this the best use of […]