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Dawn of the DIY publisher | Irish Examiner

Dawn of the DIY publisher | Irish Examiner. By John Hearne Thursday, July 05, 2012 Aspiring writers can avoid the traditionally tougher routes and publish their books themselves. Cover prices are lower but royalties can be generous, says John Hearne TWO years ago, American writer Amanda Hocking needed $300 to […]


Of Decisions and Dream Chasing

Of Decisions and Dream Chasing. Before 2011, I was a fledgling writer in chains. My success as a novelist depended on whichever benevolent literary agent buried in New York’s bowels might find my work amazing and sellable. By the time I started sending queries for my “gay agenda” satire The […]


Adria Giattino Remarks on the Role of Self-Publishing in the Publishing Industry

Adria Giattino Remarks on the Role of Self-Publishing in the Publishing Industry. The growth of the publishing industry in 2011 was largely sparked by an increase in self-publishing activities. Adria Giattino, a publishing professional, considers the perks that self-publishing offers to writers and other members of the industry. New York, […]


The Medium – Authors Unbound Online – NYTimes.com

The Medium – Authors Unbound Online – NYTimes.com. I love out-there theories and the people who are seized by them. I’m a sitting duck for crackpots. Maybe that’s why I like the Web. But even those of us who pride ourselves on never showing skepticism arrive at a crossroads sometimes. […]


Amazon Rewrites the Rules of Book Publishing – NYTimes.com

Amazon Rewrites the Rules of Book Publishing – NYTimes.com. SEATTLE — Amazon.com has taught readers that they do not need bookstores. Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers. Amazon will publish 122 books this fall in an array of genres, in both physical and e-book form. It […]


Self-Publishers Flourish as Writers Pay the Tab – NYTimes.com

Self-Publishers Flourish as Writers Pay the Tab – NYTimes.com. The point may soon come when there are more people who want to write books than there are people who want to read them. At least, that is what the evidence suggests. Booksellers, hobbled by the economic crisis, are struggling to […]


The Case for Self-Publishing – NYTimes.com

The Case for Self-Publishing – NYTimes.com. Many thousands of years ago, when I was still a whelpish newspaper reporter in Chicago, I did a short profile of a retired television repairman who’d written a memoir entitled “The Perilous Life of Boris B. Gursky.” As a boy in Ukraine, Gursky said, […]


Amanda Hocking Signs Four-Book Deal With St. Martin’s – NYTimes.com

Amanda Hocking Signs Four-Book Deal With St. Martin’s – NYTimes.com. Amanda Hocking, the 26-year-old author who shot to fame by selling more than a million copies of her self-published books, has signed up with a traditional publisher for her next series. St. Martin’s Press, part of Macmillan, will publish Ms. […]


Fierce Ink bridges gap between traditional publishers and self-publishing | Quill & Quire

Fierce Ink bridges gap between traditional publishers and self-publishing | Quill & Quire. Publishing professional Kimberly Walsh and freelance writer Colleen McKie have formed Fierce Ink Press, a new YA publishing co-operative and author collective for Atlantic Canadian writers, which they hope will bridge the gap between traditional publishing houses […]


Can you make money by self-publishing?

Can you make money by self-publishing?. Your chances of getting a book published are pretty small. So why not go down the self-publishing route? Finishing your novel is just the first hurdle. Finding an agent or publisher willing to read your work and shortlist it and have it published is […]


U.S. Editors Survey the German Publishing Scene

U.S. Editors Survey the German Publishing Scene. While U.S. publishing houses sell a great deal of books to foreign countries, making many American books international bestsellers, the U.S. buys in very few. In fact, the percentage of published translations is extremely low, around just three percent. The German Book Office […]


Trajectory Focuses on E-books, Children’s Content, Global Distribution

Trajectory Focuses on E-books, Children’s Content, Global Distribution. Founded in late 2011 by group of digital publishing veterans, Trajectory is a digital publisher and technology developer based in Cambridge, Mass. The company recently released digital editions of the original Classics Illustrated comics line and plans digital editions of the previously […]


Self-Publishing Resources

Books news and publishing industry statistics | Self-Publishing Resources. Seems like a great resource


How the DoJ Changes the Agency vs. Wholesale Argument

How the DoJ Changes the Agency vs. Wholesale Argument. Don Linn, president of Firebrand Associates, offered the paradox concerning the wholesale vs. agency discussion running through publishing circles: “Publishers (often) earn more with wholesale than agency–so what’s all the fuss about Amazon?” The statement took place during a discussion with […]


Authors Guild Sees Return of Predatory Pricing if DoJ Deal Stands

Authors Guild Sees Return of Predatory Pricing if DoJ Deal Stands. With the time to submit comments to the Department of Justice about its settlement with  Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster over its e-book pricing fixing case almost up, the Authors Guild filed its comments late Monday and minced […]


Self Publishing: Vanity or Common Sense

Advent of the Electronic Writer. There was a time, back when publishing houses had  good reputations, and reading books was a general pastime, that self-publishing was unthinkable to an earnest writer determined to create a niche in whatever genre he or she had chosen.  Whether it was fine literature or […]


‘Robots’ teaches kids the importance of sunscreen

Author:    By Shannon Brigham Publication: The Post and Courier Date: June 23, 2012 Section: Features ROBOTS DON’T WEAR SUNSCREEN. By Eric Mills. Illustrated by Taillefer Long. Taillefer Long LLC. 56 pages. $12.99. We’ve felt it after long beach days. We see it repeatedly on innocent and unsuspecting Lowcountry tourists. Ah, sunburn, the seemingly […]


Walking in the Footsteps of the Brave

A Message from the Author, When I was stationed at an Army hospital in Germany in 2005, I learned about the “Wereth 11,” eleven brave African American who fought in World War II. I was so moved by the history I helped to arrange the dedication of a monument in Wereth to honor and […]

Footsteps of the Brave

Cleopatra's Chocolate Cake

Cleopatra’s Chocolate Cake

Written by Amin Meleika Illustrated by Taillefer Long Purchase Cleopatra’s Chocolate Cake A delightful story of an 8 year old William,who like other boys wants to imitate his father,and get to know what he really does. The father, an archeologist working for the British museum,is equally amused and intrigued by […]