Even as booksellers cheer added revenue from this year’s popularity of adult coloring books, many confuse their success with a rosy message about a “print surge” in books.
There are plenty of writers who have had the option of going down the more traditional path, only to opt for self-publishing. The internet leveled the playing field for writers across the board.
In a recent column, publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin questions whether big publishers’ Agency pricing may be working against them. And he listens for the growl of a major author jumping to the indie side.
Authors, and particularly self-publishing writers, are asking better questions — and getting straighter answers. As the markets reach pivotal moments, it’s good to slow down, listen, and think clearly.
An independent digital publisher of new and backlisted titles, Diversion Books, launches a new app for one-stop mobile shopping in the romance sector: EverAfter — the latest attempt to mine an avid genre readership.
Author Barbara Freethy is the best-of-the-bestselling indie authors in Amazon’s KDP program. She has sold 4.8 million ebooks. But until now she hasn’t been able to break the “bookstore barrier.” Now, her books are going into bookshops and other print venues with the help of Ingram Publisher Services.
Offering full editorial and production support, Pan Macmillan Australia’s Momentum is just that — faster to market. Because it’s digital-only. And DRM-free. And accepts unagented submissions. Worldwide.
Even as publishing struggles to quantify its fortunes amid a hobbling lack of sales data, an interesting trend is discerned in the half-light.
While the intent of the “perfect e-bookstore” project was to spec out an answer to Amazon’s commercial dominance, one participant, Laura Dawson, notes that most readers are more than happy inside Seattle’s “walled garden.”
Be gone with those dusty bookshelves that can tell a stranger exactly who you are without even a single word.