'No bookshop is an island': ALLi launches #Authors4Bookstores

At IndieReCon: Launching #Authors4Books Standing in this beautiful new Foyles store to launch ALLi’s Authors For Bookstores campaign, for a moment we can fool ourselves that reports of the decline of bricks-and-mortar bookshops are greatly exaggerated. The Alliance of Independent Authors’ (ALLi) Debbie Young (pictured)took to the floor of Friday’s IndieReCon event in London shortly before we… Read More

At PubSense In Charleston: Checking Out Indies’ Ebooks With SELF-e

More Than 17,000 Library Buildings  You’d think — who wouldn’t? — that libraries were the place to find everything bookish. The assumption gains new interest with the news that the Cleveland-based OverDrive, leading distributor of ebooks to libraries, has been bought by Tokyo’s Rakuten, which also owns the Canadian ebook retailer Kobo and its self-publishing platform, Kobo… Read More

Do Personality Traits Have Any Business in Business? Yes, Says One Agent — With Authority

When The Gatekeeper Works For You There are many agents who are absolutely lovely people but who don’t command authority naturally. Why should you, as a writer, care about this? Literary agent Kristin Nelson doesn’t make you wait long for the answer: It’s simple: Authors with strong contracts have more successful careers. And say what… Read More

Oddest Book Title Of The Year: A Mercifully Short List

2014: ‘A Bumper Year For The Peculiar’ Publishing has a tendency to do things in waves. For example, certain conference organizers who shall remain nameless seem to take a reckless delight in scheduling their events much too close to other conferences and trade shows. This ensures that special bleary-vacant stare you see in the eyes… Read More

10 Bounces Of A Moving Target: Publishing Goes Mobile

Can You Hear Me Now? No, it’s not just you. Among our favorite confusing topics in digital publishing these days, mobile really gets around (sorry). And that’s because it’s thought by a great many people to be the coming thing. Maybe the already here thing. Maybe the you are so late thing. Forget plastics. Graduate to mobile.… Read More

#MSWL: Agents And Editors Calling Out Requests — To Authors

‘Play It Again, Sam’ For a long time, most author-agent communications on the front end have gone just that way — author to agent: the query letter. The query letter is so daunting for many writers that there are whole courses offered simply on how to write a good query letter, never mind the damned… Read More

More Terminology In Self-Publishing’s Winter Garden: Are They ‘Royalties?’

Another Day, Another Ill-Used Term In the strictest sense, there really is no such thing as royalties in self-publishing! Mick Rooney is a little kinder than I am, warning you to sit down before you read that line about there being “no such thing as royalties in self-publishing.” Me, I prefer to dump the ice… Read More

In The Hothouse Of Publishing, Our Terminology May Need Pruning

Let’s Give ‘Hybrid’ Back To The Botanists It’s not as if the industry! the industry! doesn’t have enough transition to contend with. Oh, what a lovely disruption we’re having, and at a time of upheaval like this, we’re going to see changing phrases, new jargon, and updated iterations of various terms come and go. Not… Read More

Music For Writers: ‘Self-Publishing’ Cellist Kate Dillingham

Crossings: ‘A Whole CD Of New Music’ It’s a big change that’s happened in both literature and in music. The DIY aspect of it. Do it yourself.The necessary focus that many of us maintain these days on the development of the self-publishing sector in the books world can sometimes cause us to look right past the fact… Read More

Does A ‘Writing Community’ Really Foster Writing? Or Community?

‘Connect With Readers While You Write Your Book’ That’s the brand promise of a site called Tablo. Familiar with it? It’s the work of writer and developer Ashley Davies of Melbourne, Australia. That’s a city we Australian Open tennis viewers feel we know very well after two weeks at the Rod Laver Arena (and two… Read More