The Self-Published Writer’s Hubris

I understand… Sometimes we should just raise shoulders, and move on. But sometimes it is just a tough one. One aspect of self-publishing that really ruffles me up—and it does so because it hurts all independent authors—is the oddball writer who has quite a peculiar vision of what entails publishing, being read, and the care and sweat […]

Are you an Amazon KDP Select Advocate?

I recently saw and commented an article (linked below) from Derek Haines on KDP Select (publishing only and exclusively on Amazon) as THE way to go for self-publishing authors. From the article: “Unlike myself, my old friend Derek Haines (and a few other writers I know) constantly hop in and out of bed with whichever […]


TO SUCCEED these days, authors must be more businesslike than ever The mystery is worth a book in itself. How could a hitherto unknown novel by Harper Lee, writer of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, remain hidden for 60 years, and why was it not published before? For all the swirling questions, there is one certainty. The book […]

Independent Publishing: On Its Way and Here To Stay!

Shake, Rattle, and Roll! If you’re like me, you’re a little tired of slams you hear against self-publishing and independent presses. They call it a substandard industry, a vanity pursuit, a joke. But you know it isn’t. It takes a lot of work to write a book and bring it to market, and if you independently publish […]

How Much Do Authors Really Earn?

“It doesn’t help authors to say that 70% of the book market is in print if only a small fraction of that money ends up in authors’ pockets.  What we want to see is the combined effect of royalty rate, sales volume, and sale price.  These three factors combine to give us a true picture […]

A Year in the Making …

Today marks a milestone for me as a person and as a writer. Today I’ll open my heart to you, I’ll show you my doubts, my frustrations, and my dreams, too. An author, a writer, a person, a husband, a father. How many hats do we wear every day? Ah, yes, also a professional, a […]

Every drunken man’s dream is a book

Guest post by Anna Castle Every month or so we get another outcry against self-published fiction. Some are aimed at the Beast of Amazon, destroyer of standards and scourge of literature, like George Packer’s bitter lament in The New Yorker (“Cheap words,” February 17, 2014) or Thad McIlroy’s anxious number-crunching on his blog (“How amazon destroyed the […]

First self-publishing MA offers DIY education

University of Central Lancashire will coach students to make the most of their manuscripts Alison Flood, Wednesday 5 February 2014 11.38 GMT The University of Central Lancashire has announced the launch of what it describes as the world’s first degree in self-publishing. The MA will begin in September, and course leader Debbie Williams believes […]

Most writers earn less than £600 a year, survey reveals – from

Most writers earn less than £600 a year, survey reveals Figures show the vast majority of authors, both traditionally and self-published, are struggling to make a living from their work – Alison Flood, Friday 17 January 2014 The publishing industry has never been so sharply divided. In the week when the erotica writer Sylvia […]

Still Conflicted about Amazon – Rachelle Gardner

Posted on Nov 19th, 2013 | by Rachelle Gardner I’ve just finished reading Brad Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. I’m still processing what I learned, and checking other sources for differing perspectives, but my initial reaction is that this is an eye-opening, clarifying, sobering yet illuminating resource for anyone […]

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