Author Archives: Mick Rooney


Waterstone’s New Voices 2009 List Released

Waterstones, the hight street English retailer, has announced its list of literary ‘New Voices’ for 2009. The books are all from new and emerging literary talent which the retailer believes will develop and flourish over the next year and beyond. A considerable amount of the titles are released from Independent publishing houses. Waterstones believe these


Snowbooks Publishing &

I have mentioned a number of times in my articles that small and independent publishers do utilise some of’s book set-up services. Small publishers can choose to use to complete their finalised PDF files for their digital printer, or use them for an initial ‘test’ proof before committing to an off set print

David Jones – Self Publisher, Jobless and Proud

I’ve touched quite a bit on this site about the effects of the economic downturn on publishing. Well, today is a new and optimistic day for self published author David Jones. Just a few weeks ago, David Jones was working away in a furniture company, oblivious to the changes about to occur in his life.

Dan Poynter Interviewed by Smashwords

Smashworlds, an on line ebook seller has just done an interview with self publishing guru, Dan Poynter. He has just published his acclaimed “Self-Publishing Manual – Volume 2”. In the interview, he discusses the future of publishing and how self published authors may have the upper hand on the traditional publishing world through their active

Mick Rooney – Author Page

I have just set up my author page at the following link. I am still developing it, and over the coming days I will add in the appropriate links and finalise the layout. The Independent Publishing Magazine | TIPM Media


Publishing World: On The Money

“The once genteel world of publishing is going through a huge transformation with constant advances in technology and an increasingly competitive market.” “More than 200 million books were sold in the UK in 2008, but both the types of books sold and the way people buy them are changing.” By Sarah Murch, BBC Money Programme.

AuthorHouse Courts The Establishment With Referral Program

Over the past few months I’ve noticed that AuthorHouse has been making a particularly worrying use of their Referral Program. This type of program is used by a number of large self-publishing service providers using digital POD (print on demand) to authors. Here is AuthorHouse’s own description of the Referral Program. The following links are from


Kindle 2 Launched By Amazon – The way forward for the e-reader? (Updated)

It seems the gathered publishing fraternity who turned up at the unveiling of Amazon’s new Kindle (Version 2) in the Morgan Library and Museum in New York city on Monday were more intrigued and quizzical, than necessarily bowled over by the new electronic edition to the Amazon family. Even host, Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, and