“Writing is an art but publishing is a business!”

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 […]

The Case for Self-Publishing –

The Case for Self-Publishing – 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, […]

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 […]

A Self-Published Author’s $2-Million Cinderella Story : NPR

A Self-Published Author’s $2-Million Cinderella Story : NPR. Best-selling e-author Amanda Hocking grew up in the small town of Austin, Minn., which, she says, is known for Spam. Spam as in the food, not the e-mail spam.   “We invented Spam,” the 27-year-old novelist tells weekends on All Things Considered […]

Novel Rocket: Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

Now that direct on-line sales, eBooks, and publishing on demand have opened up new distribution channels for self-publishing, many aspiring authors are wondering if it’s still worth the effort to pursue publishing in the traditional way or if they should go with self-publishing. There’s a lot to consider in making […]

How to self-publish an ebook

The whole e-book market is rapidly evolving, and a lot of self-publishing companies are offering e-book deals bundled into their print book publishing packages, which makes them harder to break out and evaluate. It’s all quite complicated, and in an effort to sort through the confusion, I’ve decided to offer […]

E-Book Sales Rise More than 1,000% Since 2008

EXCERPTS Well, here’s one growth industry in the middle of our dire economic straits: According to a new survey of sales revenue provided by more than 2,000 publishers in the U.S., book sales are rising, with e-book revenue growing a surprising 1,274% between 2008 and 2010. Revenue on e-books reached […]

E-Book Revolution Upends a Publishing Course

EXCERPTS With the e-book revolution upending the publishing business, Madeline McIntosh, the president of sales, operations and digital for Random House, stood at the lectern on the opening day in June, projecting a slide depicting the industry as a roller coaster, its occupants frozen in motion at the top of […]

Book Cover Design


Book covers are hard to design and involve being both eye-catching and telling of the story’s narrative. For this reason, template designs are a sad joke to anybody with design experience. Much like using clip art to illustrate your story, using a template has the very opposite effect that an […]

Self-Publishing or Traditional?

To self publish or try and go the traditional route – that is the burning question these days. For the next few weeks, I’ll be interviewing KC Frantzen about her new children’s book coming out in July 2011 and we’ll be talking about the wonderful, magnificent, May, the K9 Spy and her adventures.

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The World of Storytelling is Changing!

This new annual event is unique in the children’s book calendar and marks an exciting new era of digital publishing . The way children find, enjoy, play and share stories is changing and TOC Bologna sets out to bring a whole mixture of professionals together for the first time to discuss and share the ideas and events around digital books that are changing before our eyes.

POST SCRIPTUM: Assigning Vs. Licensing Artwork

An important decision for the illustrator is to decide whether they are assigning their work or licensing it. This is an important consideration when drafting or signing a contract. ASSIGNING ARTWORK Generally this means that the illustrator is handing over all ownership rights of the artwork. The purchaser has total […]

POST SCRIPTUM: Bitmap and Vector Images?

Without getting into the technical jargon of digital image reproduction, knowing the general difference between these two types of images is important. Basically, bitmap images are defined by pixels, dots within a certain amount of space. Depending on the pixel count per inch, the image quality can vary greatly. Bitmap […]

Is Print-On-Demand Right for You?

“POD is neither a publishing model nor a brand-new publishing paradigm (as advocates of fee-based POD services sometimes insist it is). It’s merely a technology, employed in different ways by different publishers to accomplish a variety of goals.”


POST SCRIPTUM: What is an ISBN and a Barcode?

ISBN The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies books and book-like products, such as audiobooks. The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for […]

Introduction to Self-Publishing

What Is Self-Publishing? Simply put, self-publishing means you are responsible for all aspects of production, marketing and distribution of your book. This is not to say that you have to perform every task, but you do have to make sure each task gets done – and you will bear […]

Planning on Publishing

POST SCRIPTUM: Picture Book or Story Book?

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to these two types of Children’s Books which is understandable since, in practice, there can be quite a bit of overlap. By definition, the two differ in that a Picture Book tells a story almost exclusively with pictures. A Story Book, […]