Archive for the ‘e-Publishing’ Category

ePublishing Houses Rated

Posted: May 1, 2012 in e-Publishing

Confused by the number of e-publishing houses that are out there?  Epublishabook has rated several on their site you might want to check out.

Have you used any of these?  Do you agree with their ratings?

Grid for ratings

B = Service offered

C = Terms and Conditions

D = Credibility

E = Social Media

Click on the name of the ePublishing house to get to a more in-depth information page about it. Publishing Houses in depth pages are added one at a time on a daily basis during weekdays. If the name does appear as linked, it means it has not been added yet. The name of Publishing houses on this list are added at the beginning of the week with the list of those that will be reviewed during the week.

via ePublishing Houses Ratings List | ePublish a Book.

There are almost as many people creating companies that offer resources to writers as there are writers jumping into the self publishing frenzy.  There are a lot of hungry fish out there and everyone seems to be chasing those dollar-sign shaped fish hooks.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but you have to be careful to pick a company that can be counted on to deliver some bang for your bucks.  Personally, I have no intention of paying anyone to either publish my writing or to promote it.  I don’t even enter contests if they have an entry fee.

There are lots of these companies, however, that offer free advice or tools that I am perfectly willing to take advantage of and pass on here.  I found the site below when doing some research on freelance rates that has several free offerings you might want to check out.  I’m sure they are hoping you will like their generosity enough to inquire into their paid services, but please know that I am not advocating for them.  If you are interested in what they have to offer, go for it.  Or just take the freebies and go on your way.  Your choice.

We hope you find these FREE writing resources useful for the writing you do. Check back with us often to see what other writing freebies we’ve come up with lately.

via Writing Freebies | No 2 Pen Writing and Communications.

The letter Scott Turow, President of the Author’s Guild posted in early March is really about a potential lawsuit against Apple and five publishers.  But his mention of how Amazon practices make the Apple decision an inevitable one results in the majority of the following comments focusing on Amazon and whether or not what they’re doing is good for writers and publishing. Depending on which argument I am reading at the moment, I feel like a fan at a tennis match not sure which player I want to win.

Yesterday’s report that the Justice Department may be near filing an antitrust lawsuit against five large trade book publishers and Apple is grim news for everyone who cherishes a rich literary culture.

The Justice Department has been investigating whether those publishers colluded in adopting a new model, pioneered by Apple for its sale of iTunes and apps, for selling e-books. Under that model, Apple simply acts as the publisher’s sales agent, with no authority to discount prices.

via Letter from Scott Turow: Grim News | The Authors Guild Blog.

This looks like a great site to bookmark if you are a self published author.  The article linked below on how to use categories to call attention to your book is only one of the good pieces of advice I found.

The “category path” is how Amazon determines the rankings. The main ranking that we are used to seeing is the “Paid in Kindle Store.” This ranking includes everything from newspapers to games and even Kindle accessories. You can see how important it is to categorize optimally.

via Helping you become a #1 Bestselling Author | Indies Unlimited.

Everybody’s Doing It

Posted: October 20, 2011 in e-Publishing

Authonomy is a site where people post chapters or sometimes whole books.  In return they get read, rated and critiqued by fellow writers.  Those who rate well through this process rise to the top and make it to the Editor’s Desk which means they get read by editors at Harper Collins publishers.  The idea is to catch the editor’s eye and get a book deal with them, although most seem to only get an indepth, helpful review of their work from said editor.

Now it seems Authonomy is also getting into the e-publishing business.  No advance for the author but no mention of a cost to them either.  Instead, the author receives a share in royalties.  There is also the possibility that some titles could earn hard copy production as well.

Wannabe authors post their works to Authonomy, the writing community site launched by HarperCollins in 2008, in the hopes of being discovered and getting published. They’re a step closer to their goal with Authonomy’s launch of a digital imprint, which will “hand pick” the best writers on the site and publish their work as e-originals. Chosen authors won’t receive advances; rather, the imprint is operating on a profit-sharing model. The titles that sell well as e-books will also be released in print.

via HarperCollins’ Writing Community Site Authonomy Adds E-Book Imprint | paidContent:UK.

Ask Authors Questions on Kindle

Posted: September 1, 2011 in e-Publishing

How many times have you wanted to ask an author a question about something they’ve written?  Kindle is adding a new feature that will allow you to do just that.  Right now there are just a few authors participating in their beta test, but if successful, this could be moved out to more.

There is no word in the article about whether this will work for the Kindle app, or only on the Kindle device, but the way it works is you highlight the passage you have a question about, type @author and your question, and Amazon will tweet the author and post it on their Amazon Author Page.  If the author answers, you’ll receive an email, but even if they don’t answer, other readers might from the Author’s page.

Questions arise when you’re reading a book. Many readers–if the author were near–would likely seek additional clarification on key plot points or characters. And non-fiction readers might pepper the writer with questions pertaining to the book’s thesis, or to correct a factual error.

via New Kindle Feature Lets You Ask Authors Questions | PCWorld.

Out With the Old

Posted: August 31, 2011 in e-Publishing, Small Presses

If you find yourself lamenting about how the new generation doesn’t read anymore, think about it this way:

People are reading more than ever.

Everywhere you go, people are reading, reading, reading. They may not be reading traditional paperback books or magazines. They’re more likely to be reading Facebook pages or Twitter streams or their emails or blogs or ebooks or what have you. They are reading, though. This suggests that publishers need to radically rethink their offerings (can the first Twitter novel be far away?). It’s vitally necessary to adapt to the new reading dispensation. The old model isn’t broken – just consider the success of, say, Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy – but it isn’t sufficient any more.

via Brown: “The old model isn’t broken, but it isn’t sufficient any more.” « 40kBooks.

Lawsuits are a growing  byproduct of the not so subtle panic the publishing world seems to be engaged in.  The basket has been upended, people, and everyone is scrambling to recover the contents.

Some may call this an era of evolution in book publishing, but it also could be called the Era of Major Lawsuits taking on golliaths, such as Google … and now Apple and five major publishers: HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group Inc. and Simon & Schuster Inc.

The issue at the center of the lawsuit against Apple and the five publishers is one that has plagued virtually every crevice of the industry: e-book pricing.

via Does Agency Pricing Lawsuit Against Apple and Book Publishers Have Merit? : Book Business.

My sister is the one who warned me about Amazon’s change to the way you download books using Kindle apps.  She has an iPhone.  I was thinking the Android might not be affected by the change, but when my phone recently updated, I see that the Kindle app updated as well, and seems to be directing me to the Amazon website when I want to buy/download new books, so I guess Android was not immune.  But here’s a new twist.

A few weeks ago, after Apple began enforcing the new iOS terms, one eBook reader, Kobo, came out and said that they would work on a web app to bypass the restrictions. But again, others like Amazon and Barnes & Noble remained mum, and changed their apps to remove links to their stores. Turns out, Amazon was quietly doing the same thing. And now it’s ready to go. And it’s very good.

via Amazon’s Answer To Apple’s Terms: A Web-Based Kindle Cloud Reader — Brilliant On PC, Better On iPad | TechCrunch.