In a rich signal of a maturing self-publishing sector, the author Hugh Howey opens a new dialog on the unthinkable: the importance of quality control — if the readership writers need is to be expanded.
The publishing specialist Jane Friedman asks authors to reconsider a widely popular trend toward self-publishing as a means of attracting a traditional contract. “A serious epidemic of impatience,” she calls it.
From two strong voices in today’s publishing commentary, questions of how books can be accommodated in a digitally-fast age, and whether we’re doing all we can to make them worth the effort.
In an unusual opening to a publishing industry conference, German author and journalist Kathrin Passig speaks of the collaborative imperative — and shortcomings she has observed — in the author-publisher relationship today.
In the run-up to the London Book Fair, Monday’s Publishing for Digital Minds conference at Olympia London is the first of the year’s trade-show-opening publishing conferences.
At Charleston’s PubSense conference for writers, attendees learn about the free SELF-e service from Library Journal. The program, free for authors, has begun curating independently published ebooks for harried librarians both at the state and national level.
In what some authors may find surprising, a leading ‘gatekeeper,’ literary agent Kristin Nelson, says an authoritative personality can be writer’s best friend in negotiation — the best chance you have of seeing the gate to your prosperity well-kept.
As digital publishing accelerates these days, questions around mobile reading and distribution are putting a lot of shimmy into the industry’s progress. Two specialists in the field, Thad McIlroy and Marcello Vena, have some good points to hang onto.
In a publishing season already choked with too many awards competitions, The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Of The Year offers readers a chance to vote for the most peculiar.
From the prescient writings of Marshall McLuhan to a new book from Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler — and the authors’ community at Writer Unboxed — we hear concern about what happens to our perceptive capabilities, our focus, our concentration, in times of digital distraction.