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Tell A Thousand Lies: Unleashed!

March 14, 2012 4 comments

My book, Tell A Thousand Lies, is officially out in the world! Print book to follow in a month or less. One line description: A politician bribes an oracle to declare the teen he’s targeted is a Goddess descended from the heavens to endorse him in the elections.

Since I refused a mainstream publishing offer, this is a huge step for me.

For indie authors, word of mouth, as well as reviews on Amazon etc, are absolutely crucial to survival. Should you wish to help, check out the Spread The Word tab above.

Click on the book cover (on your left) to buy the book.

Penguin Moves Into ‘Self’ Publishing?

November 21, 2011 3 comments

Pardon me if this confused me.

According to this blog:

“Costing between $99 and $549, depending on whether the writer wants to format their ebook themselves or plump for a “professional print and ebook” option, Book Country, the self-publishing arm of Penguin,  will give writers 70% of the sale price of a book priced above $2.99, and 30% of a book priced between 99c and $2.95.”

First of all, when someone publishes your book for you, it is NOT self publishing. When you upload your book to Amazon (or B&N etc) you self-publish. The price is, well, pricy.

If you upload the book yourself, it is free. If you get a formatter from smashword.com’s list, someone can do it for as little as $25. And, if you go for the “professional print and e-book option”, you can go the CreateSpace route with $39 for expanded distribution.

My question is, what is the writer getting for those prices? Will they get on Penguin’s catalogs? Nope. This arm of theirs is a subsidy/vanity press (you have the money, you can publish a book).

And, if Book Country is going give writers 70% of the sale price if the book is priced above $2.99, Amazon’s already doing that. Without the extra you’d be shelling out for Penguin.

Not worth the price, imho.

Self Publishing Is The Future

Couple articles on self publishing.

The first one talks about inexpensive ways to self-publish. Check out their recommendations. The Nitro Reader helps you create pfds. e-junkie helps you with setting up shopping carts if you already have an influential website and have no desire to pay the middle man. Click here for details.

The next article talks about finding success via self-publishing. Click here for details.

E-book Sales Triple From Last Year

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

It is official. E-books are now outselling their counterparts in print by a margin of 3 to 1. Click here for details.

This is good news for authors whose back-list books haven’t done particularly well. They have another shot at getting their books out there, this time in e-book format.

Writer’s Digest Award for the Self-Pubbed

Sorry, if you were looking for new posts these last couple days. Was caught up in the excitement of the cricket World Cup finals! And what a match it was! 🙂

Anyway, if you are a self published author, here’s an award for you – the Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards. One of the very few out there for the self-published.

Click here for details.

Amazon Is So Yesterday!

 

Despite the fact that author Megan Lisa Jones’ new novel, Captive, is available on Amazon for $9.99, the tech savvy author has decided to tap into BitTorrent’s 100 million users. She is running a 2 week promotion where you can download the book for free.

Click here to get the scoop.

 

 

Self Publishing Is Lucrative

March 29, 2011 Leave a comment

By now everyone in the know has to know that Amanda Hocking, who made at least a million dollars by self publishing her book, has been shopping around for a mainstream publisher.

Now comes the startling news that NYT bestselling author Barry Eisler has turned down an offer of $500,000 from St. Martin’s Press because he would rather self publish!

Click here for the story.