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  • December 31, 2012
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A few months back I posted a rant about why I don’t follow authors on Twitter anymore. I was generally tired of the handful of authors who spammed all their connections, whether by using bots to automatically harass new followers or by sending DMs with faux queries on whether they had read one of the…

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  • December 4, 2012
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What with the news last week about Simon & Schuster’s new plan to fleece self-published authors, I have been thinking more and more about how authors can publish their own works and do a better job than a legacy publisher. I’ve heard from a number of authors who say that you can publish an ebook…

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  • November 28, 2012
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Publishing your own book is relatively easy these days, but the process and costs involved are more than a little opaque. There are steps you won’t realize you missed unless someone tells you, and there are ways to overspend on useless services. In fact, there are many ways for questionable service providers like Author Solutions…

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  • November 28, 2012
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There’s a story I missed a few weeks back (I was busy in SF at the time) which seems to have come up again, and since some seem to be taking that story seriously rather than giving it the refutation it deserves I figure it is worth debunking. In late October Bowker, the US book…

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  • November 28, 2012
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Times are tough in the publishing industry, so much so that major publishers have sunk to a new low: fleecing self-published authors. Simon & Schuster announced today that they are going to get down in the gutter and muck about. They’re launching a new subsidiary called Archway Publishing, and they are going to run  it…

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  • September 27, 2012
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When it comes to self-publishing, we Americans tend to think in the context of Amazon and other American businesses. But there are now thriving self-publishing companies all over the world, and Publishing Perspectives has a report on a couple of them in Germany, Epubli and XinXii. These companies by and large give authors most of…

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  • September 22, 2012
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In the first of a series of monthly essays on The Literary Platform, Professor David Trotter ponders the question of what technology can do for stories. A lot of people seem to fall into the trap of considering “interactivity” to be the holy grail of the technological enhancement of stories (even otherwise visionary author Vernor…

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  • September 19, 2012
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As a writer who works in serial format myself (my co-writers and I just posted part 14 of a story in a science-fiction universe we’re creating to a free on-line fiction site), I was interested to see this piece from PaidContent that looks further into Amazon’s new serial format in-depth. The business turns out to…

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  • September 14, 2012
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I learned about an interesting project on The Guardian the other day. Fantasy author Silvia Hartmann is writing her latest novel in Google Docs, the on-line collaborative word processor—and inviting the world to watch. The document file is open to the whole web, and would-be readers can simply click the link and read what’s been…

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  • September 14, 2012
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A press release came across my desk yesterday which, if I read between the lines correctly, will mean very good news for self-published authors. Yesterday Kodak and ODB announced a new partnership which brings together Kodak’s 105 thousand Picture Kiosks as well as the content distributor ReaderLink in a plan – well, I’m not sure…