Monday, 31 December 2012

Best of 2012 TIPM: The Future of Publishing 2020: Translation and Publishing in the 21st Century

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This is our best of 2012 TIPM articles. Have a great New Year...

In my last article on TIPM, I talked about how digitalization and The Self-Publishing Honeypot has helped transform publishers from the role of curator and educator to one of facilitator and provider. The transformation is far from complete, and many within the industry—in spite of digitalization heralding the age of disintermediation and the rise of alternative methods of publication for authors—still hold fast to the belief that publishers, as we commonly understand them, will be around for many years to come. It’s not a view I wholeheartedly agree with, though, I do believe there is a place for publishers in the future as long as some are prepared to embrace the streamlining digitalization offers to operate more efficiently, while also managing to reunite their new role as content providers with readers, authors and the broader literary community.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Best of 2012 TIPM: CreateSpace, Smashwords and Author Solutions Dominate Self-Publishing Market | Bowker

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Repost 2012 ...

Bowker Press Release:

[Editor's Note:  Bowker annually release figures and reports like the one referred to in the press release below, however it should be noted that Bowker only rely on titles with an ISBN, and given that Amazon KDP lists over 200k self-published titles and Smashwords lists 60k titles for 2011 (against Bowker's claimed 40k), quoted figures below should be taken with a large grain of salt.]
Self-Publishing Sees Triple-Digit Growth in Just Five Years, Says Bowker®
CreateSpace, Smashwords and Author Solutions dominate infrastructure landscape

Friday, 28 December 2012

Best of 2012 TIPM: 12 Points To Consider When Looking For A Good Author Solutions Provider

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This is a repost of our best of 2012 posts. Enjoy the festive season...

A few years ago I put together a guide for authors looking to find a good service provider to self-publish their books. A lot has changed since I first put that guide together. So here we go for 2012... 

1. Non exclusive contract with clear terminology

Never sign a contract with an author solutions provider unless you have fully read it and understand what it is you are signing up to/for. Some companies issue a physical contract for you to sign, while others will request you click and agree to a ‘terms of service’ document online. As an author looking for a solutions provider, you should be looking to contract an agreed set of services; editing, design, formatting, print, marketing and promotion, and dissemination of your work. You should not be assigning away secondary publication rights, copyright or subsidiary rights (Film, TV, translation etc) to the company. Author solutions providers should only expect you to sign a non-exclusive contract for the fee you pay and you should also be very wary of companies using terminology in a contract like ‘we, the publisher’...

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Best of 2012 on TIPM | Cover Design Tips - Kit Foster

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This is one of our best guest postings from 2012. Enjoy the festive season...

Why is a good cover so important? Simple - because people will judge your book by it. Sure, we're told not to judge a book by it's cover - but what else does a potential reader have to go on? Besides the title, it is the first (and in many cases, the only) part of your book that will be viewed, so like it or not, we all judge a book by its cover.
That said, your cover needs to shine, and stick out in the sea of thumbnails on that Amazon page! So, how do we do it? Here are my tips for creating a cover good enough to wrap around your magnum opus:

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Best of 2012 TIPM: Five Ways To Promote Your Book On Amazon | Charissa Newark

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This is a repost of our best of 2012 postings. Enjoy the festive season...

Amazon has become a primary market for book sellers and self-published authors. Writers can promote and sell their books on the site without ever having to be published in print. It has even allowed a few writers to rise from obscurity to the ranks of national, best-selling authors - all without the help of a publisher. Search marketing can help you to promote your book, helping to get it noticed by more readers to increase sales.

Here are a just a few ways that you can use search marketing techniques to promote your book on Amazon:

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Best of 2012 TIPM: Is Self Publishing A Real Option? By Mike Welham

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This is a repost of the best of 2012 on TIPM. Enjoy the festive season...

My first book was published by a mainstream publisher in 1989 and titled Combat Frogmen. It was non fiction and unique in that nobody had written about the subject since the Second World War. It sold well and was even translated into a German edition. At that point the reality of being a published author was made known to me at a meeting with the editor of the book. He said that it was very lucky for a new author to get published. He showed me a growing pile of unopened manuscripts which would never be read by that publisher, but in time, returned to the author with a ‘not this time or not for us’ style of letter. I had fortunately sent a letter separate to the manuscript and the right person read it and the rest as they say is history.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Merry Christmas From TIPM

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TIPM pilgrims and readers… the holiday and 2013 is upon us. TIPM will be taking a much-needed break over the coming 10 days. Thank you for your readership and support during 2012. TIPM is nothing without you.

The challenges in the industry on pricing and digitalization have not gone away, but 2013 looks like a year of shrinkage and consolidation. They decried on far that self-publishing would never enter the hallowed domain of the traditional world—certainly not the big players.  It did. They decried self-published books would never enter the hallowed NYT bestsellers lists. They did.  They decried no surrender and the big six would never give up Agency Agreements and they wouldn’t settle. They did (most of them). They decried Amazon wouldn’t be taken seriously as a publisher…yet, it did. They said ebooks and ereaders would take over the industry and be the answer. They won’t. They said self-publishing and vanity publishing would die with digitalization. It hasn’t.  They said there is no need for libraries now. There is.  They said gatekeepers and custodians of literature would protect us from the dross and shit. They didn’t.

Read and be joyful that you, as reader, are the creators, editors and translators of publishing. You alone, no matter what you are told, are THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING.

God bless and have a merry Christmas and happy New Year from TIPM.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Vantage Press Declares Closure to Creditors | PW

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Publishers Weekly is the first in the industry trade to report on the closure of Vantage Press.

Vantage Press, one of the original ‘vanity’ publishing businesses, has closed three years after its acquisition by media investment banker David Lamb. In a letter to creditors received by PW, law firm Hendel & Collins of Springfield, Mass. writes, “Vantage does not have sufficient revenue to sustain itself as a going concern. It has, therefore, ceased all business operations.” The Web site and phone for Vantage are down and all inquiries are being directed to Hendel & Collins partner Joseph B. Collins in Springfield. The letter cites “substantial” liabilities to general and unsecured creditors against which Vantage has few assests.

Since mid-2010, Vantage books have been distributed by Ingram Publisher Services. In 2011, Vantage moved into trade publishing under the Vantage Point imprint and was reviewed favorably by self-publishing observers for its attempts to provide premium services for its paying authors. Details about rights and inventory are still not settled and more information will be available in the future.

Founded in 1949, Vantage relocated to Massachusetts in July apparently in an attempt to cut costs. Reached by phone in Massachusetts, Lamb had no comment at this time beyond confirming the contents of the letter.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

A Few Tips From A Former Vanity Insider | Publishing Basics

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It is not too often we get to hear the considered thoughts of an insider from the vanity press industry. Phil Whitmarsh is a Book Coach and he spent several years working for one of the biggest self-publishing service providers in the industry—an imprint of ASI (Author Solutions Inc). Mind you, he is the first to say that it was when he started out working in book marketing and before ASI signed agreements to run self-publishing imprints for several of the big publishing houses.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Vantage Press Confirm 'Suspension' of Operations Pending Reorganization, Sale or Liquidation

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Following our piece on Friday, TIPM has now had formal confirmation that Vantage Press has 'suspended' operations. TIPM is also in possession of the names of at least thirteen former staff and freelance workers who departed the company over the past nine months. In a brief email communication to one Vantage Press author two weeks ago, David Lamb, president and owner of the company, confirmed the news:

Friday, 14 December 2012

Ad-Vantage Press? Maybe Not

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The status of Vantage Press, the US-based self-publishing service and owner of two small traditional publishing imprints, remains under question today following a series of correspondence to TIPM from Vantage Press authors. Several authors (that I am aware of) have been reporting continued non-replies and delays in due royalty payments since late October of this year. I have asked these authors to check the terms of their contracts and ensure that they are actually due royalties.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Just The Job | Dalkey Archive Press

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The Dalkey Archive Press is a small but well-respected publisher of contemporary and experimental literature, founded in 1984, with offices in Champaign, London and Dublin. It specialises in literature in translation and boasts a formidable list of writers, including: Huxley, Barthelme, Djuna Barnes, Robbe-Grillet, Fuentes and Nicholas Mosley. If you are in any way interested in modern and challenging literature throughout the world, then the Dalkey Archive Press is a brand to look out for on the shelves of your local bookstore.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Author Solutions Pull the Plug on Wordclay

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Wordclay, the DIY self-publishing print-only service, is to close its doors for good on December 10th. In a communication to its authors, Wordclay, owned by ASI (Author Solutions), the self-publishing service giant which announced a partnership deal last week to run Archway Publishing for Simon & Schuster, cited the growth in ebooks as the reason for the closure.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Publishing Service Index: December 2012

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This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for DECEMBER 2012 and the last one issued for this year. This edition also reflects several new review updates and the addition of some newly reviewed companies.

Monday, 3 December 2012

I did not have publishing relations with that self-publishing provider

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It is hard not to see today's press release by Simon & Schuster UK as a direct and aggressive reaction to the wave of negative publicity surrounding last week's launch of self-publishing imprint Archway Publishing, which will be run by Author Solutions, the giant self-publishing solutions provider every author of a writing blog is suddenly queuing up to hate.

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