Monthly Archives: December 2011

2012 Digital Perspectives

  • The book world is global and as the ebook market explodes, publishers have to rethink territory rights.
  • Publishing is a rights business without a Rights registry, where much of the information about rights remains locked away behind closed doors.
  • Digital publishing now demands greater clarity and transparency on rights and the current ambiguity and lack of information remains digital publishing’s biggest threat and opportunity. Copyright contracts should move to fixed term contracts and ….

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Interview with Kerry Wilkinson

You might not have heard of Kerry Wilkinson (yet). He sold his 100,000th copy of his ebook Locked In on Christmas Eve. Another self publishing success story. I asked him a few questions and he has been extremely open with his answers. Why did you go it alone as an author?

I went alone because I never set out to “become an author”. I have a good job – which I enjoy – and writing Locked In was only ever really a challenge to myself to see if it was something I could do. I enjoyed writing it and had a lot of leftover ideas, hence the sequels.

How did you get to the top of the Kindle chart, any marketing tips?

I didn’t really do much in the way of marketing – but I did plan for success just in case. So, at the back of Locked In was a preview of….  Read more



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Victoria Strauss About Self-Publishing


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Writer and “WriterBeware” advocate Victoria Strauss in an interview about self-publishing:

“It used to be most of the questions I got were about agents,” author Victoria Strauss says. “Now they’re mostly about small presses with horrible contracts, or the owner is running them out of their bedroom… the small press world is a real minefield, a big risk area for these writers.”

“The most important thing for a writer to do is educate themselves ahead of time. In order to make an informed decision, you really need to have an understanding of the publishing industry as a whole.

There’s a whole host of misunderstandings and myths about these publishing options.
There is also a whole range of options, from getting an agent and submitting to a big publisher to going to small publishers where you don’t need an agent to self-publishing.

If you’re going to self-publish, you need to know why you’re doing it, what you want to accomplish, and how you plan to implement that.
You’ll have to do a lot of work to have success! Many people think they’ll get tons of sales just because a book is listed on 500 websites. That’s not the way it works.”



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Writers Retreats


The program continues each year, with 25 one-week residencies available from May through October. We are now accepting applications for the 2012 residencies. The deadline is January 15, 2012 and all applications should be made on-line.


Hopscotch House offers time and space free of charge to selected Kentucky women artists whose art is feminist in nature and promotes positive social change. Hopscotch House is located 13 miles east of downtown Louisville, KY. Residency is free of charge. Residents are responsible for their own food and beverage and personal toiletries. The Summer Residency Program offers stipends of up to $400 per week to selected artists chosen to
participate in the program. The Quarterly program offers need-based stipends of up to $200 for first timers, low income women, women of color, lesbian and bisexual women, and women from rural areas of Kentucky.


The muse is at home in this beautiful, historic Ozark Mountain town. In this setting, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow offers residencies to experienced and emerging writers in all genres and composers/songwriters. Artists applying for and receiving a specific fellowship are granted a free residency, including room and board at WCDH. Travel is the responsibility of the Fellow. Deadlines vary depending on Fellowship.

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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Writers Residency


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Comparison of Vanity Presses

Fine Print of Self-publishing

The owner of, Mark Levine, did a great job in finding out all these perks and fees and published it online and more detailed in an e-book. 

The only thing I am not agreeing with him, is calling those vanity companies, “publishers” – which they are definitely not!!! These companies don’t pay any advances – instead the author has to pay for everything from editing, to cover-image to book layout to formatting or printing if it is a paper book. And on top of that the author has to split the royalties with this vanity company (often a print shop).  If the writer wants to have copies of his own book (that he had paid for production in the first place) he has to buy! them from this vanity printing company…

OK, here it goes:

FORMAT OF BOOKS: Paperback (authors interested in creating ebooks are forwarded to the Kindle section of

GENRES ACCEPTED: CreateSpace, an company (now combined with BookSurge, another previously distinct brand), operates much the same as and is more of a content manager and printer than a publisher. Therefore, it does not discern genres or quality of writing; it only asks that you not use the site to print books that are disturbing
PUBLISHING FEES: CreateSpace offers a variety of services, available for review at There are do-it-yourself publishing packages where it is free to upload your book (, but you need to create your own cover and interior and submit them correctly to CreateSpace. CreateSpace only recommends its do-it-yourself packages for people with design experience….. read more:



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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Publishing, Self-Publishing


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FREE Amazon Kindle Books by J.A. Konrath


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FREE Amazon Kindle Books by J.A. Konrath


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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in e-Books, Marketing


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Publishing Headlines in 2011

Looking back, 2011 will be remembered as the year when publishing was turned on its head.

Self-published authors, once the pariahs of the book business, gained credibility — outselling many established names and giving hope to would-be authors everywhere. Borders, the second-biggest bookstore chain in the country, went under, signaling a shift in priority from print books to e-books.

Headlines in 2011:

Steve Jobs: In 2010, Steve Jobs promised to revolutionize reading with the introduction of Apple’s iPad; in 2011, concurrent with his passing, he became the subject of possibly the bestselling book of the year: Walter Isaacson’s 656-page, $35 biography Steve Jobs. Jobs knew in life — and now in death — how to wow an audience and get people to open their wallets.

Self-publishing: Prior to 2011, the road to becoming an author was arduous, requiring a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck. Self-publishing was seen as the option of last resort. Now, dirt-cheap self-published books are topping bestseller lists at and elsewhere. In 2010, there were 133,036 self-published titles released, and when the numbers come in for this year, that figure is expected to double or triple. It’s said that everyone has at least one book in them, and now we can buy them.

Borders:  In 2001, Borders had more than 2,000 bookstores in the United States, 50 overseas, and earned more than $3 billion in annual revenue. In July this year, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company went bankrupt, shuttering hundreds of stores (including several in Dallas), putting 10,000 people out of work and leaving book lovers everywhere bereft.

Barnes & Noble:  The growing popularity of e-books is credited with killing Borders (note: there was a lot of human error involved as well). Determined not to suffer the same fate, Barnes & Noble aggressively pushed e-books and put its Nook devices front-and-center in their stores. Throughout 2011, they beat arch rival Amazon to market with several innovative devices, including updated touch-screen e-ink devices and color Android tablets. The company, previously seen by many as a villain blamed for the closing of many independent bookstores around the country, became the last, best hope for those who like to browse and buy physical books in real stores.

Amazon: Ask booksellers who the biggest bully is now and they will likely tell you it is our “friends in Seattle,” as Amazon has euphemistically come to be known. The Voldemort of the book business not only controls an estimated 60 percent of e-book sales and a significant chunk of print book sales, it has now become a publisher, establishing imprints for everything from romance novels to children’s picture books and putting out more than 100 books of its own in 2011. It is even competing with the big houses in New York to pay top dollar for authors, as it did when it ponied up $800,000 to acquire a memoir by the film director Penny Marshall.

Amanda Hocking and John Locke: That generous sum falls well short of the reported $2 million paid by St. Martin’s Press to Amanda Hocking, the 27-year-old Minnesota author who became a hot commodity when her series of inexpensive, self-published novels about attractive magical trolls became a phenomenon. She joined thriller writer John Locke as the second self-published scribe to sell more than 1 million e-books on, alongside mega-bestsellers James Patterson, Nora Roberts and Janet Evanovich.

Excerpt from Publishing Perspectives



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