How Can Publishers Benefit from the Author-Entrepreneur?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats In today’s feature article, Anna Lewis discusses the rise of “author-entrepreneur”: an author who not only writes and publishes their own book but successfully markets it using popular social networking tool.  Anna goes on to say that publishers can benefit from this growing trend: whether that be by authors realizing the invaluable benefit that publishing companies can …

The Rise of the Author-Entrepreneur

In Europe, Resources by Guest Contributor

By Anna Lewis, director, CompletelyNovel.com LONDON: When you think of an author, particularly one who writes fiction, the image that springs to mind is not someone in a suit carrying a briefcase and a Blackberry. Unless it’s a tweed suit. And the Blackberry is actually a piece of fruit. However, some entrepreneurial zeal to complement the creative spirit is becoming …

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 …