Monday, 31 October 2011

HarperCollins Seal Purchase of Thomas Nelson For 2012

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HarperCollins to Acquire Thomas Nelson | PW:

"In a deal that will unite the country’s two largest religion book publishers, HarperCollins, parent company of Zondervan, has reached an agreement to acquire Thomas Nelson for an undisclosed price. HC expects to close the purchase before the end of the year.
HC CEO Brian Murray said the publisher was attracted to Nelson because of its “great content and great authors.” He sees Nelson as being more broad based than Zondervan, pointing to Nelson lines in such areas as business and leadership. Nelson, he added, “is a leader in the inspirational market and we are always looking for good content.” Nelson has had one of the bestselling books of the year in Heaven Is for Real. The area where the two are in the most direct competition is the Bible category. Nelson and Zondervan are the dominant Bible publishers in the Christian market, and they license or own translations that compete head to head."

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Self-Published Authors Need Success to Begin |

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Self-Published Authors Need Success to Begin -

"Self-publishing these days is increasingly a tale of two cities.
There are established authors, like Nyree Belleville, who says she's earned half a million dollars in the past 18 months selling direct rather than through a publisher.
Then there are new authors, like Eve Yohalem. More than a month after self-publishing, she has grossed about $100 in sales— after incurring costs of $3,400. She said she's in no rush, though."

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Sunday, 30 October 2011

In depth: self-publishing | The Bookseller | Alison Baverstock

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In depth: self-publishing | The Bookseller

Self-publishing has had a bad reputation. And if authors feel nervous confessing they have dabbled—or even considered pursuing this path—choosing to research and write about it is doubly disreputable. Nevertheless, that is what I have done in writing a guide to self-publishing, The Naked Author."
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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Kobo to become a publisher | CBC News

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Kobo to become a publisher - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News:

"Canadian-based e-book seller Kobo is following in Amazon's footsteps and creating a publishing arm that will deal directly with authors, CBC News has learned."

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Amazon Takes “Self” Out Of Self Publishing | Self Publishing 2.0

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Amazon Takes “Self” Out Of Self Publishing | Self Publishing 2.0:

This is pretty much one of those seminal articles that comes along occasionally that should be read by all authors (and all writers for that matter - published or unpublished). It's not just for those considering self-publishing. It's written by someone I have a great deal of respect for in the 2.0 self-publishing world - Morris Rosenthal.

"Let’s face it, self publishing is morphing into Amazon publishing, and self publishers who use Amazon exclusively may as well call themselves Amazon authors.
I must have talked on the phone with at least a half dozen first-time authors in the last few months, all of whom believed they needed help getting their books published. These days my advice boils down to “Publish on Kindle first and Amazon’s CreateSpace second.” Both are free. In years past, I would have told them to read Shepard’s and Poynter’s books for two radically different approaches to self publishing and to join an Internet discussion group for up-to-date news. But Amazon has made the whole process so easy that the only challenges remaining are finding a decent editor and creating a decent book cover."

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

DBW Insights | Richard Nash - Founder of Cursor and Publisher at Red Lemonade

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Richard Nash Bio:
I ran Soft Skull Press from 2001 to 2007 when we sold it to Counterpoint for whom I continued to run it until early 2009. I founded Cursor and am publisher of Red Lemonade. I now run content and community for the new cultural discoverer Small Demons. After the jump is my bio, since I know some folks come to this site looking for it, and I thwart them by not having a proper one.

Richard Nash is an independent publishing entrepreneur—VP of Community and Content of Small Demons, founder of Cursor, and Publisher of a href=“” title=“Red Lemonade”>Red Lemonade. For most of the past decade, he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers’ Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. Books he edited and published landed on bestseller lists from the Boston Globe to the Singapore Straits-Times; on Best of the Year lists from The Guardian to the Toronto Globe & Mail to the Los Angeles Times; the last book he edited there, Lydia Millet’s Love in Infant Monkeys, was selected as a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Last year the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and picked him as the #1 Twitter User Changing the Shape of Publishing. He has spoken on the history and future of reading, writing, and publishing across the world, from Melbourne to Toronto to Helsinki to Seoul—Chris Anderson characterizes his Publishing 3.0 talk as “the best I have ever seen.”
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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Barnes Wins 2011 Man Booker Prize For Fiction

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British novelist and betting favourite, Julian Barnes, has won this year's £50,000 Man Booker Prize for fiction for his novel, The Sense of an Ending, published by Jonathan Cape. Barnes had three previous books shortlisted for the prize; Arthur and George (2005), England, England (1998) and Flaubert's Parrot (1984).

Book Blurb:
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.

Julian Barnes is the author of ten previous novels, three books of short stories and three collections of journalism. Now 65, his work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004 and the David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2011 for his lifetime achievement in literature.
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Home or Bust: Shrink or Swim?

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About a year and a half ago Author Solutions (ASI), the largest global company offering self-publishing services to authors, decided to pull the plug on their AuthorHouse operation in the UK. It still surprises many authors I speak to when I tell them that AuthorHouse has no staff presence in the UK and all operational functions have now reverted back to the ASI headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana, as it was pre 2003/4.

Rattle in any of the big ASI self-publishing names owned by the company – Trafford, Xlibris, AuthorHouse – into Google, and though you may be dealing with a website, you are dealing with the big cheeses in Indiana. While the behemoth of ASI has been expanding for many years, subsuming other self-publishing services like WordClay and iUniverse, all clicks will lead you to mirror sites of the Bloomington, Indiana, enterprise. I noticed just this week, a sure sign of ASI’s central strategy on one of their previous self-publishing acquisitions – Trafford Publishing UK:

For Existing Trafford Authors
If you are a Trafford author and your book has already been published, or if your book is in production with Trafford, we can help you with your needs.
Please call 0845 230 9601 if you have a question about your book, or you would like to order copies of your book.

For Prospective Trafford Authors

If you want to get published, one of our sister companies, AuthorHouse, can help you get your book in the market fast, professionally and affordably.
Claim your free publishing guide or call 0800 197 4150 to speak with an AuthorHouse publishing advisor.

There is a dichotomy working in the world today with self-publishing services, just as there is in all lines of business today. As large companies like ASI expand their global partnership network to printers and wholesalers, often, the control room of companies is retracting, not expanding. It is the rule and law of commercial economics that says – if someone else, somewhere else, can do the job you are trying to do far cheaper, then let them do it, rather than stretch and expand your resources and investment. It makes sound business sense.

However, for many self-published authors, using global services to begin with may no longer be the approach that will work best.  It certainly won’t work for an author publishing in print only, and with a limited national fan base, particularly if that author is based in the UK or Ireland, it certainly won’t work if that author is based on the European continent with all its diverse languages.

While ebooks and the free market has thrown the gauntlet down to the publishing industry – booksellers included – survival  will be about seeing the book as content to sell in various formats and how best to find the right access platform and merchandise that content to the consumer. I’m not convinced publishers or authors are quite so sure how all this will work out. And while we may spend the next ten years dealing with how far ebooks will bite into the traditional way of selling books; the ease of access to publishing for authors combined with the disintermediation of the industry will lead to the greater challenges of territory rights, and critically, translation rights further down the road. I didn’t sense at the Frankfurt Book Fair or earlier this year at the London Book Fair that the industry was really giving any serious thought to how globalising is about to change territory and translation rights. I got the feeling publishers still have an entrenched bunker view of these issues – “Well, it’s our ball, and if we’re not happy, we’ll just take it home with us.” Unfortunately, after ten years in publishing, there won’t be such a thing as ‘home’ and 'our territory'.

Unlike ASI in Bloomington, Indiana, traditional publishers are about to learn that the world they live in, or where their office is based and what appears to them out the window, will not necessarily be quite where the commercial world is headed.

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Sunday, 16 October 2011


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The PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for author solutions services launched in June 2010. Here is the latest index for October 2011.

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DIY - Do-it-yourself bespoke sevices
ASS - Author Solutions Services (Packages)
PUB - Also offers Mainstream Contracts
PRT - Printer
FULL - Fulfillment Services provided

The most asked question we get at The Independent Publishing Magazine is often along the lines of; 'What self-publishing service should I go with?'; 'Is so and so a good service to go with?'; or 'Is so and so a scam?'

In some cases, that is an easy question to answer, cut and dry, but in other circumstances, the answer is entirely arbitrary. We are not here to review and run down a company's name, nor are we here to endorse a company's services. If we were only to review author solutions services according to every point in our ideal list of what an author should get from a company offering publishing services; we would have very few reviews to share with you. In truth, no company has ever attained a 10/10, and only a few have recorded more than 08/10. In the autumn of 2010 we will be posting all our reviews with a rating, and any new reviews since February 2010 have automatically had a posted rating at the bottom of the review.

The reality is that some author solutions services begin in a blaze of glory and we might rate them favourably  at the time; others, frankly, are just poor, and yet, they improve (sometimes in response to our reviews) to offer reasonable services for authors. We are constantly updating our reviews, but this takes considerable time, and so do the initial reviews.

We get a vast amount of information from authors and the companies selling author solutions services every day - good and bad. We get a great deal of information from monitoring services week by week against the experiences of what authors report back to us. Simply put, and truthfully, we cannot reflect all of this information through the reviews. That is why the comments section under each company we review is so important. It is your recording and dealings with that specific company, and a positive or negative flag to subsequent authors considering using the same company.

So, how do we reflect the changing ups and downs with services?

We believe the SELF-PUBLISHING INDEX will help to guide authors to services on the up, and those, gradually on the down. If you like, what we are proposing is effectively, a kind of stock exchange for author solutions services.

The SELF-PUBLISHING INDEX was first launched in June 2010.         
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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Book Making: Biggest business blunders of self-publishing authors

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Book Making: Biggest business blunders of self-publishing authors:

Michael N. Marcus looks at the biggest blunders by self-published authors on his Bookmaking Blog today.

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Thursday, 13 October 2011

John Ingram, Chairman of Ingram Content Holding on Global Connect | Publishing Perspectives

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Publishing Perspectives‘ Erin Cox interviews John Ingram, CEO of Ingram Content Holdings, talks about Ingram’s new global distribution venture called Global Connect, and about the company’s digital future.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Authonomy launches digital imprint | The Bookseller

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Authonomy, HarperCollins' writing community for unpublished authors, is launching a new imprint with plans to publish 12 titles per year as digital editions.

Beautiful Books enters administration | The Bookseller

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Beautiful Books enters administration | The Bookseller:

Some sad news to report from The Bookseller this morning...

"Independent publisher Beautiful Books entered administration earlier today (11th October). The company has ceased to trade and four members of staff have been made redundant.

A spokesperson for London firm Leonard Curtis, the administrating company, said those handling the case would now evaluate Beautiful Books and creditors would receive a report. In a statement, the publisher said: "All the employees at Beautiful Books would like to thank everyone with whom we have worked over the past six years."
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Friday, 7 October 2011

Blurb to offer ebooks for the iPad

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An Open Letter from Blurb's CEO

Hello Customers, Partners, and Friends,

This is only the second time I have written one of these open letters, so I guess it takes something special to get me to put pen to paper, or in this case, fingers to keyboard.

Recently, I was rummaging around on my hard drive for the very first slide deck we created to pitch the Blurb idea to the venture capital community. The file was datedSeptember 2004, which means that fully seven years ago we were either prescient, or we seriously lack imagination — either way, we have come to this vision, now.
Future: Publish to any Medium
Of course the "Digital Airwaves" naming is a little weird, but hey, you can see where I was going with this. The idea was that Blurb should help you to publish to any medium whether print, mobile, or digital.

That "future" is now. It's a big deal for our company and we think for you too.

Within the next month, each of you will receive an email announcing our Blurb ebooks for the iPad®. Transforming your carefully designed book into an ebook that faithfully captures your formatting and design choices is remarkable. We are democratizing ebookmaking in the same way that Blurb has democratized print bookmaking. Woot!

But it gets better. You don't have to create anything new. Really. Any book you have made — or will make — using Blurb Bookify™ or Blurb BookSmart® will auto-magically transform into a downloadable book for your Apple iPad or iPhone® (PDF to Book folks, please stay tuned). We've deployed a small army of people over the last months to work all the magic in the background. And yes, you'll be able to sell your ebooks in the online Blurb Bookstore too.

This is our first ebook introduction and, like all first models, it's, well...a first. There will be more — much, much more — to come. Together, we can define what a book is in the 21st century! That's a big vision and a big deal and we hope you will join us.

Happy bookmaking and storytelling, all.


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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Swedish Poet Transtromer Awarded 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature

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The Swedish poet and writer, Tomas Transtromer, has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. Announcing the news, the Nobel Academy said the poet had been awarded the prize 'because, through his condensed, transluscent images, he gives us fresh access to reality'.

The 80 year old poet lives in the UK and earlier this year Bloodaxe Books published his collected poets over the last 40 years.

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Perseus Creates New Service for Authors Seeking to Self-Publish -

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Perseus Creates New Service for Authors Seeking to Self-Publish -

The Perseus Books Group has created a distribution and marketing service that will allow authors to self-publish their own e-books, the company said on Sunday.

The new service will give authors an alternative to other self-publishing services and a favorable revenue split that is unusual in the industry: 70 percent to the author and 30 percent to the distributor. Traditional publishers normally provide authors a royalty of about 25 percent for e-books.

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The Memory of Trees - Book Blog Tour | LL Book Review

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As part of the blog tour for The Memory of Trees, I'll be guesting over on the LL Book Review today with Shannon Yarbrough. See you all there. ;-)

What is the LLBR?
The LLBR was created in March 2008 as a service to Lulu authors who were seeking out honest and positive reviews of their work.  In March 2009, the LLBR branched out to include authors of CreateSpace, Wordclay, and Outskirts Press.  Today, we proudly consider any self-published or small press book for review no matter who you published with. We also occasionally provide news and opinions  related to the print on demand industry as a whole.
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Monday, 3 October 2011

The Memory of Trees - Book Blog Tour | RJ Keller

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As part of the blog tour for The Memory of Trees, I'll be guesting over on RJ Keller's blog tomorrow for an interview. Catch you all there. ;-)

R.J. Keller lives in central Maine with her husband, their three children, and the family’s cats. She co-hosts Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran, an internet talk show that features interviews with authors and publishing professionals. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and currently writes, shoots, and edits episodes of the writer-centric YouTube show, Inside The Writers’ Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi.

She enjoys rooting for the Boston Red Sox and watching other people cook.

Contact R.J. Keller at:
Waiting For Spring is available to purchase at Amazon and other retailers.
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