Labor Day (U.S.) has come and gone and it now seems like a sprint to November. But in the world of indie publishing, disruption is routine. This week we’ve got reports about ethics, seasonal selling, Scrivener, the incursion of big publishers into self-publishing, and just how people make money on Amazon. Dive in.
Mick Rooney (@MickRooney7777)on The Independent Publishing Magazine
The Self-Publishing Honeypot
“The success of many independent and self-published authors … is teaching publishers a thing or two about the importance of author brands and the value of connecting with readers through social communities—whatever way the content is packaged and delivered. But the rise of self-publishing has also taught publishers a great deal more.”
Nick Thacker (@nickthacker) on Live Hacked
Scrivener: The Ultimate Guide to Exporting Ebooks (Kindle, ePub, etc.)
“What I hope to do in this post is provide you with a super-simple method of going from what you’ve written and edited to a format that works on every format, for every device. A tall order, to be sure, but it can be done: the key is simplicity.”
Judith Briles (@AuthorU)on AuthorU
Calling All Authors … It’s Seasonal Book Selling Time AGAIN!
“This is the time that a visual calendar—as in seeing several months at a time works well—get it out, create some timelines and set some goals. Book promoting is YOU!”
Joe Konrath (@JAKonrath)on A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
“The world doesn’t know, or care, about the problems in the publishing industry. The average reader doesn’t care about the DOJ suit, or the AAR and Authors Guild selling us out, or Harlequin screwing writers, or authors behaving badly. They simply want good books to read.”
John Kremer (@JohnKremer) on Ask John Kremer
How does anyone make any money by selling their book on Amazon?
“The key, wherever you sell your book, is to get traffic, build fans, capture eyeballs, draw visitors, sign up subscribers – and then create a tribe of avid partisans who will help you sell your books (as well as buy your books themselves).”