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All about book bloggers - for indie authors | Self-Publishing Advice

All about book bloggers - for indie authors | Self-Publishing Advice | Self Publishing Today | Scoop.it
Understanding how book bloggers operate will help you approach them in the right way and increase your chance of gaining traction for your self-published books on their websites. I'm therefore very pleased to interview ...
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Any advice about getting "in" with book bloggers is something to read!

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Amazon's Kindle Store Could Be a Goldmine For New Authors - Wall St. Cheat Sheet

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Amazon's Kindle Store Could Be a Goldmine For New Authors
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This is encouraging for self-publishers: "A new Author Earnings report suggests that self-published books now represent 31 percent of e-book saleson Amazon’s Kindle Store..."



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Big boost to make book publishing as easy as falling off a blog - ArtsHub (subscription)

Big boost to make book publishing as easy as falling off a blog ArtsHub (subscription) Tablo's self-publishing platform connects writers with other authors and readers via any web browser or mobile device to help the authors build a following for...
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Publishing will get easier. But at present, even people who are pretty savvy with technology can still struggle getting their book published...


"‘A lot of people think, because publishing has gone digital, that it’s simple. It’s still incredibly complicated and expensive though, and it’s even harder for an author to have their work discovered.’"

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Authors Guild Dismisses Amazon Offer - Wall Street Journal

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Authors Guild Dismisses Amazon Offer Wall Street Journal Although he warned that the publishing "ecosystem cannot exist while entities within it are committed to the eradication of other entities," his letter also praised Amazon for creating a...
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This is getting complicated...Interesting quotes from the article:


"In his letter, Mr. Russo walked a careful line. Although he warned that the publishing "ecosystem cannot exist while entities within it are committed to the eradication of other entities," his letter also praised Amazon for creating a successful e-book platform that benefits authors and publishers alike. The letter also chided publishers for not paying authors a higher digital royalty.


"It is worth stating that we are not anti-Amazon, or anti-e-book, or anti-indie-publishing," the letter said. "Nor are we taking Hachette's side in the present dispute. Those of us who publish traditionally may love our publishers, but the truth is, they've not treated us fairly with regard to e-book revenues, and they know it. That needs to change.""


and ending the article...


"We're interested in the continued health of the entire publishing system," Mr. Russo said in an interview. "And we want to get Amazon to say they are interested in that too."


He said he believed that a reason that the negotiations turned contentious was that Amazon saw that publishers were making substantial profits on their digital titles, money that wasn't being shared fairly with their authors.

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Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), Hachette Feud Encouraging Authors to Self-Publish ... - Tech Insider

Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), Hachette Feud Encouraging Authors to Self-Publish ...
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The battle between Amazon.com, Inc.

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I love the last sentence in the last paragraph of this article: 


"Both Mohammed and Corker agreed that more number of authors are moving towards self-publishing as going via publisher earns them only about 12% – 15% royalty while self-publishing earns them over 60% which is profitable. At the end of the day, in the eBook business, an author is responsible for publicizing his work."


This is the best reason of all to self-publish...

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10 books with hipster parents (before they were cool) - USA TODAY

10 books with hipster parents (before they were cool) - USA TODAY | Self Publishing Today | Scoop.it
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10 books with hipster parents (before they were cool)
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Now as I write, publish and parent, I thought I'd consider the stories that shaped my view of parenting and creative work. I hope these books might help you in the dark ...
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Are you writing books that really help shape people's lives? When you put the sort of effort in that it takes to changes lives, the books always sell better...

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Change Your Motive for Writing Nonfiction | Kindle Me This

Change Your Motive for Writing Nonfiction | Kindle Me This | Self Publishing Today | Scoop.it
I have read one too many Kindle writing “experts” use money as the main motive for writing nonfiction. While I agree that nonfiction books published on Kindle can earn you a good amount of money, putting money as the main ...
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I believe if you actually enjoy publishing books - for the sake of putting some problem-solving non-fiction information out there - then it is a lot easier to make money. Great article...

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The costs and benefits of publishing your own books - BBC News

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The costs and benefits of publishing your own books
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From Both Sides - sold 250,000 copies in a year and pushed him on to become one of the bestselling self-published authors in the UK.
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There's an interesting table of statistics in this article that you should check out. It's called 'Earnings of a Writer'.


And this quote I pulled which - importantly shows how most authors see about a 40% return on investment. 


From my experience that is about right. Although that 40% ROI is more accurate when you have several books published. On any given book you may lose money...


"A recent survey of writers found that 25% of them had self-published a work, and 86% of them said they would self-publish again.


They suggested a typical return on their investment of 40%, the research for the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society found."

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To NYU Publishing Students: A Shifting Publishing Landscape - Digital Book World

To NYU Publishing Students: A Shifting Publishing Landscape - Digital Book World | Self Publishing Today | Scoop.it
To NYU Publishing Students: A Shifting Publishing Landscape Digital Book World After you leave this room this morning, each and every one of you could publish and distribute a book – your own book, one you've written – to millions of potential...
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Would have been cool to listen in on this lecture. Fortunately, you can read the transcript from the link above....


And one of the really meaningful quotes :


"Digital distribution, ebooks, has democratized the access to large audiences for publishers – and anyone can be a publisher today. In 2012, over 300,000 books were self-published in just the U.S., eclipsing the number of books “professionally published.” While most of those books are read by few if any people, many of them are reaching huge audiences of readers. Some authors are even becoming millionaires from their self-published work."


Kind of inspiring, isn't it?

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How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish?

How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish? | Self Publishing Today | Scoop.it
It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it's great to have so many options, it's also confusing. But when you break these many different ways down, they sort themselves out into j...
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Hey, if you get published in any of the ways mentioned - you're on to something. Success is in the eye of the beholder! 


If you have the opportunity, try publishing in all of these ways!

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