The majority of authors will not benefit from paid book reviews, and should invest their time and money elsewhere. Here’s why.
Literary agent and publishing consultant April Eberhardt discusses effective book promotion, what makes writing exceptional from a publishing perspective, her preference for representing women’s fiction, and more in this 5 On interview.
Shepherding a Self-Published Picture Book to Success: A Conversation with Literary Agent Brenda Bowen
Sangeeta Mehta interviews agent Brenda Bowen about the success of the children’s picture book Sweet Pea & Friends: The SheepOver.
I’m interviewed by Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles.
In conversation with Joanna Penn, I discuss digital publishing trends and what authors need to know as they head into 2016.
No one used to question the value of a publisher, but now everyone’s wondering: What are they good for?
The most important publishing industry headlines and stories that every writer should keep an eye on in 2016.
Do males or females receive higher advances? I look at Publishers Marketplace deals data to find out.
Literary agent Jessica Faust discusses how she helps authors self-publish.
I am thrilled to announce that my 24-lecture series on how to publish your book is now available from The Great Courses.
Are literary journals justified in charging reading fees?
As publishing becomes increasingly digital-driven, how are the business models for authorship changing?
Accessing the library market remains difficult for self-publishing authors, especially those with limited visibility. Here’s what authors need to understand before spending time and energy on library distribution.
The visionary independent publisher discusses how to make money from writing, why books are not culture, and why it isn’t Amazon’s fault.
Bo Sacks, a magazine industry vet, talks about technology, optimism, and what it’s like to put out a daily newsletter for 20 years.
Take a look at 5 charts that reflect current trends in the book publishing industry, and what they mean for authors.
Read my feature article for Writer’s Digest magazine that explores the intersection of literary agents and self-publishing
Allyson Rudolph discusses some of her favorite experimental fiction, the day-to-day life of an associate editor at a publishing house, common problems she sees in fiction and nonfiction, her commitment to increased diversity in media and the arts, and more.
Fair use allows you to use someone’s copyrighted work without permission. However, invoking fair use is not a straightforward matter. Learn the 7 questions to ask to help determine if your use might be considered fair under the law.
A growing number of authors with serious literary cred are finding greater financial success—and a welcoming community—in the romance business.
What authors need to know about the process of getting a book adapted to the big screen.
Asking an editor or agent to sign a non-disclosure agreement is not part of traditional publishing business practice.
SELF-e offers self-published authors a way to distribute ebooks to libraries, but without any pay. The team behind SELF-e addresses the money issue.
Publishers use a P&L (profit & loss) statement to determine whether a book makes financial sense to publish. Here’s how they work—plus an example form.
Journalist and consultant Porter Anderson explains the new SELF-e program from Library Journal for getting self-published ebooks into American libraries.
Chris Kenneally and I discuss the growing field of so-called “hybrid” publishers, and how authors can smartly evaluate them.
Author Carol Bodensteiner answers the seven questions she gets most about working with Amazon Publishing.
Jane discusses building a digital presence, querying 15 years ago vs. now, agents vs. self-publishing, crowdfunding, and the future of publishing.
More than 90% of young people say they want to write a book some day. So why does that inspire such cynicism among adults?
Should literary writers consider self-publishing? How it might affect their long-term careers? Two agents weigh in.
Learn about the likelihood of securing a traditional book deal after self-publishing.
“Hybrid publishers” are services that don’t fit the definition of traditional publisher or self-publishing service. It can be hard to determine their value.
Literary journals have done little to move beyond their gatekeeping function, and cling to a scarcity model that no longer works in the digital age.
Last month, author Harry Bingham and I launched an author survey to explore the experiences and current leanings of traditionally published authors in the English language. The Bookseller in the UK originally reported on the survey here; it can catch you up on what we hoped to accomplish with this effort. So the results are now in. We received 812 responses; you can view […]
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.
A traditionally published children’s author discusses how she’s launched a successful indie publishing effort in less than two years.
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.
[This survey is now closed.] Are you a traditionally published author? Then please keep reading. In partnership with Harry Bingham of Jericho Writers in the UK, we’re launching a survey of traditionally published authors, regardless of whether or not they have also self-published. Our goal is to see how traditionally published authors are feeling about the choices […]
Amazon’s Kids’ Book Creator allows the average Joe to create illustrated children’s books for the Kindle and upload them directly to Amazon.
UK author Harry Bingham describes the four stages of his career, and why he’s decided to self-publish after good experiences with traditional houses.
Nielsen offers specific figures on how ebook sales have affected print sales in adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and juvenile categories.
Amazon says that Kindle Select participation is healthy, and that the Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service is leading to more reading and sales.
Nielsen offers fascinating insights into how the children’s market is driving growth in the overall publishing industry.
Old post alert! This was published in 2014 and some aspects of Kindle Unlimited have changed. If you’re investigating whether KU is right for you, you’ll need to go further than reading this post. Recently, Amazon joined the e-book subscription playing field alongside Oyster and Scribd to offer subscribers unlimited access to more than 700,000 e-books […]
In January, I’m moderating a panel at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, which focuses on information and ideas about the digital publishing landscape. In advance, I’ve answered five questions about digital publishing to help attendees make the most out of the three-day event, and lay the groundwork for conversations that will take place at the conference and […]
Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by Sangeeta Mehta (@sangeeta_editor), a former acquiring editor of children’s books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster, who runs her own editorial services company. With all the changes taking place in the publishing industry, it seems harder than ever for even the best writers to secure a […]
Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is adapted from The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre by Laurie Scheer (@mediagoddess213). So you think your idea for a new vampire novel is a good one? Think again. Nine times out of ten, your idea is really quite mediocre and has been done before, actually a […]
Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by Beate Boeker (@BeateBoeker), whom I met at the International Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy. It was the first writers conference I attended that offered any kind of in-depth information (geared toward authors) about the international and translation market. Find out more about Beate and her novels at […]
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 […]
In the most recent issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, you’ll find my feature article, “The Evolving Agent.” I discuss how literary agents’ business models and services are changing to fit the needs of their clients, who are increasingly self-publishing or choosing hybrid paths. The article covers: the value of agent-assisted self-publishing what happens when agents use […]