Mark Coker of Smashwords gives us an interesting thought about the book(s) you write.
I like Jody’s topic because I think every writer feels this way, whether we are working with a traditional publishing house or doing it ourselves – more and more marketing and promotion is being put on the writer.
Again – my advise to all who publish: persistence, persistence, persistence, in marketing, in events, in finding connections, in helping other writers, in reading and, of course, in writing.
According to The New York Times:
In the United States and Britain, sales of e-books represent between a quarter and a third of the consumer book market and, by 2018, will edge out printed and audio books as the most lucrative segment, according to projections by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
As Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader points out though, the “perennial ebook optimists” at PricewaterhouseCoopers have now moved that goalpost back two years running. In 2012 they predicted that eBook sales would outpace print by 2016. In 2013, they said it’d happen in 2017. Now… it’s 2018.
One thing is certain, though: for many years to come, authors in the United Sates and Britian will need to make their books available in both print and digital editions in order to reach the most readers.
It’s also interesting to see how much less a share of the marketplace eBooks hold in many European countries. It’s exciting to see the growth opportunity for digital books in that region, but also a great chance for authors to continue selling print books to the millions of English-speakers in countries like Germany, Sweden, Norway, etc.
From Chris Robley of bookbaby
Abigail Carter – of Writer.ly – has shared some very helpful information for publishing with IngramSpark/LighteningSource.
I have published through createspace/Amazon, have had my books published with a brick and mortar printer in my area and plan on using Ingram/LighteningSource (same company) to get on their distribution list. I wonder if she started with Lightening Sources if it would have been any easier. I think I remember reading that somewhere but I’m not sure about that.
Abigail shares some insights that will make the process easier. Ingram has a long way to go to make the process as easy as Amazon does.
When I try it and if I find out any other helpful tips, I’ll let you-all know!
This is an interesting view of publishing by Matthew Yglesias.
Do you agree? I’m not sure I do. Are they becoming less relevant? – yes. Will they go away completely? – not if they are able to adapt, and they will have to keep adapting because the book world is changing very quickly.
Here’s some inside poop on Nancy Drew, for all you Nancy fans!
If you haven’t read about the Amazon vs Hachette (a Book Publisher) dispute, you should take a look at the Mark Coker’s post below.
It seems to me that the agency model of publishing is on it’s way out, but only time will tell what will replace it. We (authors, indie-publishers) do work in a ever-changing field, and that’s going to be the status quo for some time, I’m sure of it.
I’m all about education and reading. I donate a share of each book that I sell to an organization that helps impoverished children go to school. so when I saw this, I had to share it.
I gave a presentation recently at the Wisconsin Writers Association Author’s Showcase in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. It was on “The Basics of Book Covers.” I told the participants that I’d share the powerpoint with them so I am sharing it with them and with you, because I like you all so much. Really, I do!
So if you want to learn the basics of what makes a good or not-so-good book cover, click this The Basics of a Book Cover and take a look.
If you are a Wisconsin author, I’d encourage you to join the WWA at their fall conference Oct 3-5. This is the first conference I went to and I met many wonderful authors who were all willing to share and support each other in the work we all love.
(Full disclosure here, and to give those who know more than I do about cover art their due, I gleaned some of my information from my brother, Earl Keleny, who is a professional illustrator and from Dave Bricker of the website: theworldsgreatestbook.com. Earl has worked on 4 of my 5 book covers and always does a wonderful job.)