Coming to DBW: What Does Author Earnings Say to the Industry?

Ahead of his or her presentation at Digital Book World (#DBW16) on March 9, a look at “Data Guy’s” sales-estimate project, Author Earnings, by Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. Read More

Author Earnings: Springtime for UK indie ebooks

Welcome to the UK, Author Earnings Unlike the US, where collective indie ebook earnings long ago surpassed that of all Big Five authors combined, in the UK indie-published authors and Big Five published authors are still earning neck [and] neck. As we gather this morning (4th December) to open the fifth annual FutureBook Conference here in London, a new Author Earnings report… Read More

How big is self-publishing? Data-Dancing on the platforms

The conga line forms here.  If you’ve been with us in the past few days here at The FutureBook, you’ll know that we’re tripping the estimates fantastic in terms of just how large a market we’re talking about when we say “self-publishing” in the UK and US markets. As the author Hugh Howey has pointed… Read More

The Dreaded Training Debate: What If It Can’t Be Taught?

 “Like toadstools,” one seasoned observer calls it. It’s this sudden proliferation of “author services,” especially the ones there to teach you, instruct you, train you. They’re everywhere, these kitchen-sink companies, and many of them seem to be peddling (or claiming they do) parts of the job we’re not even sure can be taught. Today’s provocation is about… Read More

Is Amazon KU exclusivity a velvet barrier for authors?

It “might be a possibility” at some point that Amazon would consider changing the the Kindle Unlimited (KU) subscription programme’s exclusivity requirement for independent authors, according to Daniel Slater, Amazon Independent Publishing principal. He spoke Thursday (22nd October) on a panel discussion at the 25th anniversary national conference (#ninc14) of Novelists Inc., in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Slater was… Read More

#FutureChat: How can we pay authors what they deserve?

Each Friday, join us for a #FutureChat session, live on Twitter, at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.  As Philip Jones writes in his leader piece, Author yearnings, in The Bookseller today, “That authors are paid too little and that their situation has worsened is indisputable.” Note… Read More

UK author income survey: Another publishing bombshell

The topic of our Friday #FutureChat this week, 11 July, will be the ALCS survey news. Join us live on Twitter at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT. Brace for impact The key survey revelations commissioned by the UK’s Authors’ Licensing & Collection… Read More

Sir Hugh and the Snail

This champion of self-publishing is signing a new contract, a traditional deal, with Random House UK’s Century imprint for SAND as he did for the WOOL trilogy. Guess what: This is not about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. Read More

Do Hugh Howey’s AuthorEarnings Add Up?

By Porter Ander­son | @Porter_Anderson Issues on the Ether: Do Hugh Howey’s AuthorEarnings Add Up?  Do Hugh Howey’s AuthorEarnings Add Up? In Publishing Perspectives’ Issues on the Ehter, Porter Anderson preps an #EtherIssue live debate on Hugh Howey’s new initiative. Read the full post: Google+   Join our Headliners at BEA’s uPublishU AUTHOR… Read More

Hugh Howey's Convention: "Organized Advocacy"

Howey’s new Author Earn­ings report (with more than 150 com­ments so far) went live at about 1 p.m. ET Tues­day and was quickly and admir­ingly clas­si­fied as a “bomb­shell” by the long­time independence-warrior Barry Eisler. Another deeply pedi­greed hair-tearer in the cause, Joe Kon­rath, picked up the large report and posted it for his avid read­ers to help out when Howey’s new site was crashed by eager new­com­ers. They stepped right up, the lead­er­ship did. Notice that? Read More