Today I’m pleased to have an interview with Andy Weissberg of R. R. Bowker. Bowker is a central player in the entire book industry due to the company’s status as the U.S. Agency of the International Standard Book Numbering Convention, as approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISBN was created in the early […]
There are more and more reasons for authors to consider blogging and the many advantages it might give to their writing career.
This is a blog post about blog posts, but it’s about a lot more than that, too. Blogs are known as brawny content management systems. Categories create distinct collections of content based on similar subject areas. Category pages can be created dynamically. For instance, just clicking on one of the Topics in the right sidebar […]
This is the last in the series of What Does Self-Publishing Cost posts. After a preview, we looked at two other models of self-publishing, each representing a range of choices that self-publishers can make when they start planning their publication. Here are the links to the rest of the series: What Does Self-Publishing Cost: A […]
I’m on a campaign to bring some of the accumulated wisdom of copywriters and internet business to the world of author blogs. If you think about it, a nonfiction author with a book to sell is a perfect candidate for online business. If you can sell your book as both a printed book and a […]
Audiobooks are mostly the province of large traditional publishers with the resources to produce them for their top-selling authors. But the tools of production are now within the reach of self-publishers as well.
Back when I started this blog I really didn’t know what information would prove to be most useful to today’s self-publishers, or what would be the most popular. A couple of months in, once I had paused long enough to figure out Google’s Analytics program and dig into the numbers a bit, I was pretty […]
Automatic leading is about as satisfying as a robot dog. Increase or decrease leading to make your document look more professional.
The secret is this: when you publish your own book, you get to decide what winning looks like, how success feels. You’ve taken back control of your writing destiny. You know winning comes in many ways, in many small moments, and you can finally relax and savor them.
Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine had a brief and cheery write up by Virginia Heffernan in a section called The Medium. Heffernan uses the release of last year’s numbers of books published to contrast the self-publishers of old, disrespected by the marketplace for their odd, not “booky” books, with the situation today. I also covered […]