Writing on the Ether: Where Publishing Surveys Cannot Go

Writing on the Ether: Where Publishing Surveys Cannot Go

If we want to count all the self-publishing authors, then we need to survey and count every hapless no-income-from-writing would-be traditionally published author who gets nowhere and ends up at the bar next to me discussing the superb color that Milan puts into Campari. Our surveys are counting the self-publishing losers. Our surveys are counting only traditional publishers’ winners.
Writing on the Ether: Kobo's Feast of Burden

Writing on the Ether: Kobo’s Feast of Burden

Michael Tamblyn of Kobo was The FutureBook's Most Inspiring Digital Dude of the Day and, I'm sure, of many days to come. In a finely arranged conference full of important and edifying detail and personality, Tamblyn seized that room's collective intelligence with gratifying honesty, pink lightning on a bare stage.
Writing on the Ether: Self-Publishing's Parallel Disruptions

Writing on the Ether: Self-Publishing’s Parallel Disruptions

It comes as news to no one in the industry! the industry! that self-publishing is controversial. We may tend, however, to think of it as controversial for that industry, while not looking at what it can mean for writers and writing. It is, in fact, a development full of argument not only for publishers but also for literature.
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The Importance of Your Book Cover: Achieving the Right Fit

Note from Jane: The following post is the first in a series that will offer tips and advice from successful
Writing on the Ether: Here Come the Buffet Readers -- Subscription Book Services

Writing on the Ether: Here Come the Buffet Readers — Subscription Book Services

As a hand-wringer here, I'm one of the "but not all" skeptics Coker mentions, unpersuaded, and how good that he's careful to note that we're not all mollified. For me it's not the compensation issue, actually. I'm more concerned about how literature of all genres (don't get sidetracked here, I mean all books) fare on the buffet.
Writing on the Ether: The Haunting of NaNoWriMo

Writing on the Ether: The Haunting of NaNoWriMo

The digital dynamic, which makes it possible for people to publish books with or without traditional publishing support, also seems to be revving many folks into a shared assumption that faster is better.
Writing on the Ether: Reaching for the "New Book"

Writing on the Ether: Reaching for the “New Book”

Are we impatient for the "new books"? We are. Do we have to have them tomorrow? We don't. Will they be better "new books" if we take a little time to make sure everyone is accounted for, considered, even consulted and heard before we declare digital tools our icons and traditional publishing our new parking lot? They will.
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Self-Publishing: Is It the Most Important Conversation for Traditional Publishers?

Is it possible that all the changes happening in publishing can be encapsulated by a conversation about self-publishing?
Best Business Advice for Writers: September 2013

Best Business Advice for Writers: September 2013

Best Business Advice for Writers (Sept 2013): a monthly link round-up where I share the best online articles focused on the business of writing and publishing.
Kindle Matchbook

Amazon MatchBook: How Publishers and Authors Can Work Together to Sell More

Bestselling author Michael J. Sullivan proposes that publishers give authors permission to send free ebooks to readers who have purchased print editions.
WRITING ON THE ETHER: But Wait. Do We Even Like Bundling?

WRITING ON THE ETHER: But Wait. Do We Even Like Bundling?

As has happened in the past, Amazon seems to have some folks in the publishing world feeling that they didn’t get a chance to discuss things. “But…but…but…” If only we’d known the Amazonians’ Kindle MatchBook deal was coming, right?
WRITING ON THE ETHER: Is Social Reading the End of an Intimacy?

WRITING ON THE ETHER: Is Social Reading the End of an Intimacy?

In social reading, "How much of the author-reader intimacy are we talking about trading away?" Porter Anderson in Writing on the Ether at JaneFriedman.com
WRITING ON THE ETHER: Which Has More Impact? The Chicken or Self-Publishing?

WRITING ON THE ETHER: Which Has More Impact? The Chicken or Self-Publishing?

Porter Anderson's Writing on the Ether at JaneFriedman.com looks at two mutually influential market forces about which we have incomplete data: ebooks and self-publishing.
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: Time for Literary Fiction To Come Out of the Cloisters?

In Writing on the Ether at Jane Friedman.com, Porter Anderson looks on the comparative dynamics of literary fiction in the marketplace, amid discussions of Twitter's effectiveness for authors.
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: Should Authors Stop Linking to Amazon To Support Bookstores?

Table of Contents Should Authors Stop Linking to Amazon? Timing, and Interdependence Chewing Each Other's Legs Off Mr. Smith Goes
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: The Indies are Coming! to BEA

Porter Anderson looks at how six of the most prominently successful self-publishing authors are taking their own booth (#966) at BookExpo America (#BEA13), staking their claim to a new, unified presence at the industry's big trade show.
Understanding the 5 Key Book Publishing Paths by Jane Friedman

Infographic: 5 Key Book Publishing Paths

This infographic breaks down the key 5 publishing paths, their value to authors, the potential pitfalls, and examples of each.
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: Are Your Books’ Covers Sexist?

Writing on the Ether provides selected news and perspectives on publishing. It is written by journalist and critic Porter Anderson for Jane Friedman and it appears at JaneFriedman.com each Thursday. Sponsorship opportunities are available and offer generous promotion. Ether for Authors—another gas—runs on Mondays at Ed Nawotka's and Frankfurt Book Fair's Publishing Perspectives. London on the Ether, a new UK-related edition of the column, has recently had its debut at TheBookseller.com
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: Agents and Authors at the Coalface

Writing on the Ether provides selected news and perspectives on publishing. It is written by journalist and critic Porter Anderson for Jane Friedman and it appears at JaneFriedman.com each Thursday. Sponsorship opportunities are available and offer generous promotion. Ether for Authors—another gas—runs on Mondays at Ed Nawotka's and Frankfurt Book Fair's Publishing Perspectives. London on the Ether, a new UK-related edition of the column, has recently had its debut at TheBookseller.com
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How Much Attention Should You Pay to Book Design? A Q&A With Joel Friedlander

I'm very grateful to Joel Friedlander (@JFBookman) for taking time to answer a few questions about book design, especially as
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: ‘They’re Letting the Authors In!’

Writing on the Ether provides selected news and perspectives on publishing. It is written by journalist and critic Porter Anderson for Jane Friedman and it appears at JaneFriedman.com each Thursday. Sponsorship opportunities are available and offer generous promotion. Join us on Mondays at Ed Nawotka's and Frankfurt Book Fair's Publishing Perspectives for the new Ether for Authors column.
Commodity Publishing and The Future of Fiction

Commodity Publishing, Self-Publishing, and The Future of Fiction

Many years ago, when I started working for Writer’s Digest, I was put on the self-publishing beat. I started by
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Do Publishers Need to Offer More Value to Authors?

Last month, I gave a 15-minute presentation in Berlin, Germany, called The Future of the Author-Publisher Relationship, as part of
Rejection

Tips for Dealing With Rejection + Other Success Strategies

Earlier this week, I was the featured interviewee over at Andrea Hurst's Authornomics series. I answer questions such as: What's
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10 Questions to Ask Before Committing to Any E-Publishing Service

Last updated in January 2019 With new services continually appearing on the market that promise to help writers self-publish or distribute their
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E-Book Statistics For Authors to Watch

This weekend, I'll be speaking at the Writer's Digest Conference about e-publishing. I'm in the process of updating my slides
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A Model for Crowdsourced Publishing

Today's guest post is by Scott Vankirk (@mightyscoo). As much as we (aspiring authors) tend to get joy and satisfaction
How Should You Spend Your Book Marketing Budget?

How Should You Spend Your Book Marketing Budget?

Author Brad Swift asks the following: I have a number of fiction and nonfiction books now available through Amazon as
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When’s the Right Time to Leave Your Big Six Publisher?

I received the following question from published author Lisa Earle McLeod—who I remember first meeting at a Foothills Writers Guild
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How to Sell Low-Cost Subscriptions to Short Stories

I received the following question from Gail McConnon: Re: Question on Serializing a Short Story Collection through a Paid Subscription