Are Authors As Much To Blame For Publishing's Current Malaise As Publishers?

This piece originally appeared on the Caffeine Nights Publishing blog on 2/14/09. This may be difficult to read especially if you are an aspiring author, but are authors as much to blame for falling profits, closing bookstores and the current failure of the publishing world to embrace new digital media platforms?

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BelleBooks, Inc.: Ringing Them Bells

This profile of BelleBooks, by Joyce Dixon, originally appeared on the Southern Scribe site in 1999.  Now that BelleBooks is an established and successful independent press, this backward glance provides valuable insight into the beginnings of a winning start-up. Sharing stories of their southern roots was the dream of six veteran authors, and last year […]

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Ebooks: Fear vs. Opportunity

This post, by Noelle Skodzinsky, originally appeared on BookBusinessMag.com on 3/1/09.  Noelle Skodzinsky is the Editor In Chief of BookBusinessMag. People fear the unknown. It’s a simple premise that creeps into our lives more than we realize. Change brings a great amount of uncertainty … and therefore, fear. The changes happening in the book publishing industry […]

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Why I'm Optimistic About The Future Of Books

In which San Francisco-based literary agent Nathan Bransford gives us all a reason to feel a little less gloomy about the future of publishing.

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National Consumer Protection Week during March 1 – 7, 2009

 

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Getting started in self-publishing: a few frequently asked questions

While I’m new to the idea of independent self-publishing in this industry, I’ve done quite a bit of work in the indie roleplaying game industry as an editor and working with folk like the Indie Press Revolution (a bit like lulu.com for game designers).  The market’s quite a bit smaller, but unlike traditional publishing, ‘indie’ in […]

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What About The Readers?

This article, by Hugh McGuire, originally appeared on The Huffington Post on 2/25/09. To get the right answers, you have to ask the right questions. Book publishing has many conundrums to solve in the coming decade, and not a week goes by without a long, thoughtful article in some major magazine about the impending collapse of […]

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Personal [And Author] Branding In The Age of Google

In his blog entry of 2/28/09 , Seth Godin offers the following anecdote:  A friend advertised on Craigslist for a housekeeper. Three interesting resumes came to the top. She googled each person’s name. The first search turned up a MySpace page. There was a picture of the applicant, drinking beer from a funnel. Under hobbies, the first […]

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My First Podcast!

Kael, creator of the always-entertaining, and somewhat unconventional Unpublishednotdead.com, has graciously allowed me to invade his space and do an Unpublishednotdead Podcast! I had a great time recording it, and got in some practice with the recording equipment and audio software. (One thing I realized, I still have a lot to learn!) In the podcast, […]

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Advertise On Publetariat

Publetariat is the premier online news hub and community for indie authors and small imprints.  Publetariat went viral within its first week of launch and has consistently ranked in the top 5% of traffic for all websites worldwide ever since according to websitegrader, which gets its traffic figures from Alexa.  You can verify Publetariat’s current traffic rank […]

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Signing in from Colorado

Hey all, My name is Doyce Testerman and I live near Denver, Colorado.  

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Mainstream Publishers: Some Perspective

April Hamilton posted about mainstream authors defining legitimacy for other writers.   Ignoring for a moment the fact that writing is a very personal endeavor with very personal wants and needs attached to it, that are unique to every writer, I want to talk about what mainstream publishing is to a writer.  

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A book from an author you might not want to support

Bestselling Author JA Konrath Thinks You're Delusional

In a blog post dated 2/25/09, bestselling detective/crime author JA Konrath says, among other things: "Are you confident or delusional? Chances are high the delusional people will believe they’re confident, since self-awareness is in short supply in the writing community.  Here are some questions to ask yourself. Have you been published by an impartial third […]

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IT'S FINALLY PUBLISHED!

BLUE LINE PUBLISHING HOUSE, INC. has done it! THE EXECUTION OF JUSTICE by MICHAEL PHELPS is now available in Hardcover – First Edition for just $27.95! It can be bought at: www.MichaelPhelpsNovels.com www.amazon.com www.barnesandnoble.com www.Target.com And soon at other fine outlets.    

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Self-Publishing And Quality: Mutually Exclusive Terms?

Self-publishing your book, like everything else, has its pros and cons. In my view, the biggest of the pros is that you have complete control over your work; the worst of the cons is that no mainstream reviewer – someone who might really be able to help get your book in front of a lot […]

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