Is It Still “Self-Publishing” When Relying on Lulu and Amazon?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Angela K. Durden describes self-publishing in the terms of a cottage industry. She is particularly appreciative of the independence it gives her. Self-publishing implies independence, but is that description still accurate when a self-publisher relies on large corporations like Lulu.com to produce their books and Ingram and Amazon to distribute them? Doesn’t “cottage …

The Death of “Submit-Wait-Pray”: Self Publishing as a Cottage Industry

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Angela K. Durden ATLANTA: As late as the start of the twentieth century, cottage industries supported many families. When automation arrived, “cottage industry” became an undeserved term for substandard work. But the cottage industry has made a comeback. I know, because I am one. So are my co-authors — Marla Brown, Eleanor Morgan, and Peggy Parks. After meeting through …

Bookrix Self-pub Site Goes Mobile

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary BookRix.de — a free social media community of authors, readers and publishers that allows authors to self-publish their work online — has now launched a mobile site (mobile.bookrix.de) featuring more than 25,000 e-books available for free download. The books are available in EPUB format, searchable by keyword and broken down into 55 categories, ranging from novels to …

Amazon’s Jon Fine on Self-Publishing, Plans to Publish in Translation, and More

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox On Monday, May 24th, Book Expo America hosted the DIY Authors Conference and Marketplace in association with Writer Magazine and The Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Jon Fine, Director of Author & Publisher Relations for Amazon.com, was one of the speakers with a talk entitled “Advance Your Career with DIY Publishing.” Publishing Perspectives was able to speak with …

Digital Case Study: Can Goodreads Ads Help Unknown Authors Find an Audience?

In English Language by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt Goodreads.com, where authors use social networking to connect with fans and attract new readers, has quietly been building a program that lets writers and publishers pay to kickstart interest in their titles among the site’s 3.4 million book-loving members. Appearing under the label, “Sponsored Books,” the pay-per-click ads typically include a brief description of a title and …

It’s Official: Everyone is an Author…or at Least One Million Americans Are

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’ll it’s confirmed: Yes, everyone really is an author. According to Publishers Weekly’s report on the annual publishing stats compiled by R.R. Bowker, 2009 saw a whopping 764,448 titles were produced in 2009 by “self-publishers and micro-niche publishers.” PW says the “number of ‘nontraditional’ titles dwarfed that of traditional books whose output slipped to 288,355 last year …

Has Digital and Self Publishing Devalued Authorship?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, we discuss publishing’s place at SXSW interactive festival in Austin this past weekend. One of the things that emerged in various discussions was that the very definition of “author” is changing. It is no longer merely used to describe a solitary writer working away in a room for hours on end. Today, it …

Apple is Up to Something Publishers May Not Like

In Editorial & Opinion by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka Earlier on Publishing Perspectives (“CES is not a Book Fair and Steve Jobs is no Joe Gutenberg“) I warned that the launch of Apple’s internet tablet would “likely be a revolution in computing, not a revolution in reading.” I take that back: iPad isn’t even a revolution in computing, it’s merely an incremental upgrade. That said, …

Should Famous Authors Bother with Traditional Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Hannah Johnson As mentioned in today’s lead article, author Timothy Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, gave a presentation at LeWeb about how his personal marketing efforts with online tools and social media put his book onto national bestseller lists, while his publisher’s efforts with traditional media were less effective. Yesterday, Seth Godin released a free e-book online, and …