For those who saw the teacup of commotion last week, here is where my author ranking peaked out on Amazon. I topped out at 5,364, which I feel pretty good about. The most interesting thing is I didn’t see that big an uptick in sales, so I wonder if part of the ranking is based [...]
Willem Van Lancker is one of the founders of Oyster, a start-up looking to create a subscription service for ebooks. It’s not the first and it won’t be the last, but Van Lancker elegantly speaks to some curation issues I have had bouncing around in my head.
But as we begin to discard and transfer our [...]
During BEA I was interviewed by Tove Leffler and Lasse WInkler of the Svensk Bokhandel. Here’s a link to the article (an account is needed to read the whole thing):
Recently, the AAP/BISG joint venture Bookstats released its figures on 2011. Overall the publishing industry was flat compared to 2010 (there was a decline, but less than 1%). Trade publishing (including Adult, Juvenile, and Religious) was flat as well. Both Adult and Juvenile saw declines of less than 1%, but these declines were made up [...]
I mentioned a bit ago that I had put the last book I wrote, THE COMMITTEE, up for sale on Amazon’s Kindle platform to understand what authors’ experiences have been. I was surprised at the ease of the process and, once the book is available, how quickly changes can be made. The experience has given [...]
This weekend I have decided to try a little experiment. For a while I have been reading the articles about ebook self-publishing, particularly using the Kindle platform, from authors like J A Konrath, Seth Godin, Amanda Closing, John Locke, and others. As an experiment, I have decided to see what this publishing process is like [...]
An excellent article on book marketing by a man who got a blank book on Amazon’s bestseller chart.
I’ve launched novelty items before, and arguably some have been cleverer or funnier than this book, so why did this book become a global phenomenon?
Reasons the book blew big:
1. A great PR company, which reported stories about the [...]
Back in my home state, publishers are suing Georgia State University over their use of e-reserves. E-reserves are electroinc compilations of materials for courses put together by professors. Previously, professors put together reader packets by xeroxing parts of texts and compiling them together to be sold at the university bookstore. Universities claim this is covered [...]
Yesterday I attended the BISG NEXT Conference where participants tried to delineate what a publishers program would look like in 2020. One of the highpoints was a talk by Brian O’Leary from Magellan Media. One note that resonated in me was that when a book is put into its physical version, the links to the [...]
An excellent conversation between Amanda Hocking and barry Eisler on self publishing and why each has chosen their respective course.
Amanda: I actually didn’t have to do the calculations, because the wonderful Joe Konrath did them a while ago on his blog. He repeatedly broke it down, so I knew going with a legacy publisher, I [...]