Posts Tagged ‘ebooks’

Update: Cutting Out Middlemen in ebook Sales

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment

There’s been a lot of head scratching on the LinkedIn threads I frequent about  how exactly Konrath’s new deal is doing what he says it is doing – cutting out the middleman between the author and the reader (see my post from yesterday).

He’s signed up with a new service for an unspecified three figure amount, and will be selling through this service.

Since his blog is high traffic, no one is able to figure out how he benefits by not selling to his readers directly (and instead paying someone to sell it). If someone has knowledge about this, I would love to know.

Cutting Out Middlemen in ebook Sales

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

When it comes to ebooks and sales, Joe Konrath is up there with Amanda Hocking and John Locke. Now comes the news that he’s found a new way to cut out the middleman between the author and the reader. Click here for advice from the man himself.

GUEST BLOG: Randy Rawls

September 4, 2011 4 comments
The Mirage of Self-Epublishing
Randy Rawls
We have entered an era when anyone (and I do mean anyone) can publish a book.  Learn the simple technique of epublishing, and viola, you’re an author.  But, are you?
By my minimum definition, an author is one who writes a readable book.  Too many of the epub’d “books” today do not live up to even that simple definition.  That’s not to say there is not a viable plot, or even interesting characters.  It simply means the writing is so amateurish—grammatical errors, typos, poor sentence structure, etc.—that it cannot be read.  I do not have the time to waste on bad writing.
To those considering self-epub’ing, I beg of you, take the time to write it right.  You only have one chance at making a fan.  Don’t blow it with a presentation which is not ready to leave your hard drive.  

For anyone taking on my latest release, THORNS ON ROSES, in either its paper version or its E-version, rest assured it has been scrubbed, edited, re-scrubbed, and re-edited many times.  And, of course, I hope you enjoy. 

Randy Rawls

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Who Owns Digital Rights to Backlists?

Backlist titles – books that were published years ago – are the subject of a new tussle between publishers and authors. These titles can potentially provide guaranteed revenue to publishers without much extra input.

Authors claim they own the rights because their contracts do not explicitly spell out digital rights, but publishers beg to differ.

Click here for an older article in the NY Times which talks about this.

Making Money Off Self-Publishing

A lot of people are making a lot of money from self-publishing. But it is important that you plan things out.  Click here for an account by a self-published author (this is pre-Amazon), who still made a lot of money.

Woman signs 3 book contract for ebooks

You got that right, it is ebooks, not paper books. 66 year old Nancy Kay Schneider signed a three book contract with Desert Breeze Publishing.  Click here for details.

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.