The most important publishing industry headlines and stories that every writer should keep an eye on in 2016.
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.
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.
Eddie Wright discusses artistic collaboration, why he adapted his novella into a graphic novel, marketing straight fiction vs. marketing comics, and more.
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
How an indie author turned a story concept into a full-fledged multimedia universe, including a live blog, illustrated journal, merchandise, and podcast.
Indie author Teymour Shahabi explains how to find an editor for the draft of your self-published book and what to look for in a good editing relationship.
Editor Jessi Rita Hoffman explains how to craft professional and compelling back-cover copy for your book.
A growing number of authors with serious literary cred are finding greater financial success—and a welcoming community—in the romance business.
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.
Journalist and consultant Porter Anderson explains the new SELF-e program from Library Journal for getting self-published ebooks into American libraries.
Author and writing coach Hannah R. Goodman shares her experiences in self-publishing and marketing YA fiction.
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.
Should literary writers consider self-publishing? How it might affect their long-term careers? Two agents weigh in.
Last month, author Harry Bingham and I launched an author survey to explore the experiences and current leanings of traditionally published authors in the
Robert Kroese reveals the process that allows him to write up to three books per year, and how authors can increase their sales potential.
Learn how to improve the description of your book, and improve its metadata, when using Amazon KDP.
What is crowdfunded publishing? Learn about the two types of models now prevalent, plus the major services you can choose from.
A group of literary authors have launched a limited edition box set of novels. How did they make the collaboration work?
A traditionally published children's author discusses how she's launched a successful indie publishing effort in less than two years.
You can find marketing inspiration in what others have done, but also know that the less advertised “strategies” might actually be the ones worth pursuing.
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.
Full-time author and speaker Scott Berkun discusses his book marketing experiences as both a traditionally published author and self-published author.
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.
Giving away your work isn't a problem if you've developed a strategy around it, and know how to turn new readers into fans.
Amazon says that Kindle Select participation is healthy, and that the Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service is leading to more reading and sales.
In a 30-minute video interview, I discuss the basics of author platform.
Old post alert! This was published in 2014 and some aspects of Kindle Unlimited have changed. If you're investigating whether
In January, I'm moderating a panel at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, which focuses on information and ideas about the digital
Note from Jane: Today's guest post is by Sangeeta Mehta (@sangeeta_editor), a former acquiring editor of children's books at Little,
If you don't like the terms offered by Amazon's ACX for selling your audiobook, you do have an alternative. Author Lee Stephen explains the path he took.
Note from Jane: Today's guest post is from Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn), and is based on her new book, Business for Authors:
Welcome to The Smart Set, a weekly series where I curate a selection of articles from the past week related to the publishing/media
While lots of authors are fond of saying that readers don’t care whether something is traditionally published or self-published, many of them also want to tell you there’s this marching army of indie-only reading author. So which is it going to be?—they’ll read anything? or they’ll read only free-range indie books?
Shanna Swendson, author of the Enchanted Inc. series of books, is working what some authors might consider near-magic in a transition from traditional publishing to self-publishing. And she's getting savvier about it fast.
My latest column at Writer Unboxed tackles serial fiction—and how it's changing writing, reading, and publishing. Here's a little snippet:
Much shorter and quicker to go over than the initial report, this edition takes into account information interpreted from approximately 11,000 titles in genre fiction; 900 in literary fiction; 30,000 in non-fiction; and some 10,000 in children's (not YA) fiction. Hugh Howey has, since the first report, adopted a more frequent use of the term "spider" for the software his still-unnamed associate is deploying.
You may be looking at the best chance ever encountered for authors—of all stripes, Ms. Rowling, as Hugh Howey tells us—to at last come together, to make common cause, and to speak as one with a force this industry has never known.
Table of Contents “To Call for Change Within the Publishing Community” “To Stand Up for Each Other” “A New Era
Table of Contents Lit Smart Rebecca Hugh and Cry Combat in the Community If You See Us Running… Lit Follow
Table of Contents Read It and Tweet No Anti-Social Scientists, Please “A Two-for-One Special” Our “Bifurcating Future” Read It and
DBW’s producers at F+W Media may take their mission even more seriously than usual: this DBW takes place in a winter without a Tools of Change (TOC) conference from O’Reilly Media.
Micro-published books are short, tight, and swift. A meaningful discussion of micro-publishing has been pushed aside during the ongoing tug-of-war between traditional publishing and independent publishing (self-publishing). But we are well beyond “everyone is a writer” at this point. We have progressed into “everyone is a publisher,” if they wish to be—and we have been living in this realm for some time already. Fortunately, micro-publishing benefits the industry as a whole by bringing some much-needed simplicity and directness into a publishing equation that is often weighted down by its own complexity and contracts. And it also benefits you, the writer.
Is it possible to successfully publish and sell your e-books—without a platform—as long as you choose the right genre?
Table of Contents They Three Queens of Orient Were Hope and Fear #1: Visibility Hope and Fear #2: Literary Fiction