Book publishing faces a very tight printing market at the same time that sales have increased to levels not seen for ten years.
What’s the overriding reason for an author to find an agent and a traditional publishing deal? Is it possible that the reasons may be flawed?
No one used to question the value of a publisher, but now everyone’s wondering: What are they good for?
Today’s guest post is by New York Times bestseller Eileen Goudge (@eileengoudge), whose newest novel, Bones and Roses, releases today. I read Claire Cook’s recent blog post with great interest and a jolt of recognition. OMG. She was telling my story! I wasn’t alone. There were other authors like me who were traditionally published in […]
CJ Lyons (@cjlyonswriter) is an award-winning, critically acclaimed New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She practiced pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine for 17 years before scoring her first big book deal, after which she quit her job and decided to become a full-time author. However, a few weeks before her first book was to be published, it was pulled for reasons […]
The rise of Millennial nostalgia and graphic novels, the decline of political tell-alls and publisher-driven marketing: all of this and more in 2019 trends.
This week, I was a guest on the Create If Writing podcast, discussing traditional and independent publishing.
Learn about the likelihood of securing a traditional book deal after self-publishing.
Working with a small press is an option many authors never consider. It’s the shadowy middle ground between self-pub and a Big Five contract.
Is it possible that all the changes happening in publishing can be encapsulated by a conversation about self-publishing?
Today’s guest post is by Judy L. Mandel, author of the Replacement Child, forthcoming from Seal Press in March 2013. I asked her to tell the story of self-publishing her memoir, which ultimately led to a traditional book deal from Seal. Most authors don’t give any credence to luck, but they lie. Luck has so […]
The horror author shares what scares him, the authors who taught him the most about the genre, crowdfunding, trigger warnings, and more.
It’s hard work and there’s no magic formula to boost sales, but you’ll also find a passionate audience and a strong sense of accomplishment.
As much of the retail world faces crisis, book publishing is positioned to grow in terms of unit sales when compared to 2019. In fact, 2020 may prove to be one of the strongest sales years in recent memory.
In this interview, she discusses writing to trends, the limits of writing what you know, taking the time to discover your identity as an author, and more.
A book publishing–focused newsfeed gathers headlines from across the industry; it is free to all and continuously updated and maintained by Jane Friedman.
Everything authors need to know about the audiobook market, including retailers, distributors, and payments.
The funny thing about being any good as a publishing commentator: it requires talking to many others, learning varied perspectives, and writing about ideas you didn’t come up with.
Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? This infographic will help you determine the best choice for you and your project.
A checklist for repackaging and republishing your own backlist after you get rights reverted from your traditional publisher.
A Q&A on children’s self-publishing with authors Zetta Elliott, who has released several books under her own imprint, including picture books; Brent Hartinger, who self-published a young adult series and a new adult series; Cheryl Klein, the author of a self-published a work of nonfiction; and Stephen Mooser, who released a middle grade book on his own.
For every new venture, there is a learning curve. When it comes to self-publishing your book, however, that curve can be steep.
Broadly, traditional print book sales continue to grow at about 2 to 3 percent per year, but growth is driven by nonfiction, backlist titles, and children’s/YA. Fiction sales have been flat for several years now, with frontlist fiction down 5 percent due to a lack of big titles.
Issues touched on: Barnes & Noble woes, the maturity of the self-publishing market, Wattpad profits, traditional publishing’s problem launching blockbusters, and the growth of the Amazon ebook sales/borrows
Print sales for traditional publishers are increasing this year—up by 2.6% compared to the first half of 2016. Ebook sales are continuing their decline.
A self-published author breaks down her expenses and resulting sales after promoting on social media and email, paying for reviews, advertising, and more.
Tapas, a new digital publishing platform, has led to meaningful earnings and readership for independent artists and writers in less than two months.
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been working with The Authors Guild on the creation and release of their new resource guide on e-publishing.
A round-up of important 2016 publishing news and trends that will affect authors in the years to come.
Before you buy another pen-and-pencil set for that writer in your life, consider some gift options that take their digital lives into consideration.
Watch my 30-minute talk on how to bring together the art and business sides of your career in a way that doesn’t feel like a bad marriage.
Traditional publishers are experiencing a slump, and the decline of Barnes & Noble isn’t helping. A look at news and trends in book publishing in 2016.
Should you self-publish? There is no single right answer to this question—it’s always situational. It depends on you, your book, and your career goals. This post outlines the key questions you should ask.
Get links to my latest interviews and Q&A sessions where I discuss the publishing industry as well as marketing and promotion.
What authors need to know about current marketing practices and emerging business trends in the book publishing industry.
Andrea Dunlop, a former Doubleday publicist, discusses how to approach a book launch from a publicist’s point of view.
In conversation with Joanna Penn, I discuss digital publishing trends and what authors need to know as they head into 2016.
This printable and interactive checklist guides your self-publishing project to completion, to ensure you don’t miss any important steps and to help you hit your target pub date.
Author and editor Chuck Sambuchino discusses promoting books, the talent writers need, and good writing advice.
The visionary independent publisher discusses how to make money from writing, why books are not culture, and why it isn’t Amazon’s fault.
Read my feature article for Writer’s Digest magazine that explores the intersection of literary agents and self-publishing
How an indie author turned a story concept into a full-fledged multimedia universe, including a live blog, illustrated journal, merchandise, and podcast.
This summer, I’m proud to be speaking at one of the academies at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. My academy is a 3-hour session on how to get your book published, in partnership with literary agent David Fugate. Attendees of the World Domination Summit can register for $29, but non-attendees can also join us […]
Author Carol Bodensteiner answers the seven questions she gets most about working with Amazon Publishing.
Should literary writers consider self-publishing? How it might affect their long-term careers? Two agents weigh in.
What is crowdfunded publishing? Learn about the two types of models now prevalent, plus the major services you can choose from.
Two literary agents offer their thoughts on the self-publishing of children’s books and what the future of the picture book might look like.
Whether you’ve finished your manuscript or just have the seeds of a book idea, Publishing 101 shows you how to approach editors and agents with your work, while avoiding the common pitfalls of first-time authorship.Experienced editor and publisher Jane Friedman offers insights from more than 15 years of working on both sides of the desk, and offers […]
This week I’m speaking at the International Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, which is slanted this year toward digital publishing and the future of authorship, particularly indie models. On Friday morning, Bella Andre gave a talk on her path to success, from a traditionally published author with 7 titles in 2010, to self-published phenom with […]
Welcome to the weekly The Smart Set, where I curate new smart reads about the publishing and media industry. I also point to issues and questions raised, and welcome you to respond or ask your own questions in the comments. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams How Much Money the Biggest Publishers Actually […]