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Former Bewrite Founder and Editor Neil Marr Has Died (1949-2014)

Former Bewrite Founder and Editor Neil Marr Has Died (1949-2014)

1949-2014 It’s with great sadness that TIPM reports Neil Marr has died. Neil began his writing career as a journalist, founded Bewrite Books as an editor and publisher, and was a much respected light in recent years in the self-publishing community. Many authors within the UK will be very familiar with Neil and his constant energy


The Global eBook Report | Spring 2014 Edition

Getting concrete and accurate data on e-books and the digital marketplace in the book industry can be a precarious business. Bowker and Nielsen both provide regular data to the industry but their can often miss the full global picture if certain sales channels are omitted or the data is correlated solely from books published with an


EXCLUSIVE: Guardian UK and Legend Times Launch Monthly Self-Published Novel Prize at LBF14

I’ve mixed opinions about the strength and value of writing prizes targeted at self-published authors. Often these prizes seem more focussed on the promotion and benefits of sponsors, writing organisations and publishing service providers than the winning authors and their books. However, that may be about to change. Later today, at the opening of London Book Fair 2014, the


ALLi Ramp Up Open Up To Indies Campaign

Ahead of next week’s London Book Fair, The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) has ramped up its campaign to reflect the importance of indie authors and their books in the publishing industry when it comes to recognition from literary organisations, associations and festivals. In the last week, The US-based Authors Guild, has appointed indie author


Blurb Announces Improved Fulfillment and Print Options

DIY self-publishing platform Blurb yesterday announced improved fulfillment and print options for authors, publishers and businesses using its services. In a press release sent to TIPM, Blurb announced the introduction of ‘lower cost’ offset print runs for book orders of more than 750 units and Blurb authors can also opt into its Agile Fulfillment Program (AFP). The


President Obama to Self-Publish Novel

President Barack Obama is set to join the ranks of the self-publishing community when his second term as US president finishes at 11.59am on January 20th, 2017. The US president revealed the news that he is penning a novel slated for release in late 2016 or early 2017 while taking a jog at 6am on Monday


Lulu Expands Distribution to Kindle and Kobo Stores

Lulu has announced that it has added e-book distribution to Amazon Kindle and Kobo e-book store in an expanded partnership deal with Ingram Content Group. Lulu’s publishing and distribution systems will now integrate with Ingram’s digital management system, CoreSource. From the press release: RALEIGH, NC–(Marketwired – March 20, 2014) – Lulu, the pioneer in independent publishing, today


Nook Press Launches in UK and Europe

Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform, Nook Press, has been launched in the UK and several countries on the European continent. The platform for authors and publishers is now available in multiple languages including French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, as well as English, and royalty payments will be paid in local currencies. From the press release: NOOK Media


CompletelyNovel Team Up With Greene & Heaton Literary Agency

CompletelyNovel, a platform providing online tools for self-published authors, has teamed up with literary agency Greene & Heaton. The initiative will see the most highly-rated self-published books submitted to the agency for consideration. From the press release: Self-publishing platform CompletelyNovel announce collaboration with Greene & Heaton Literary Agency CompletelyNovel is pleased to announce a new


Thomson-Shore Expands Self-Publishing Services with PublishNext Acquisition

Thomson-Shore, an employee-owned book production and solutions service for publishers and authors, has acquired PublishNext—a self-publishing service provider for independent authors. The acquisition will see Thomson-Shore further expand its service offering for authors and small publishers to include everything from editing, design, production, marketing and distribution in both print and e-book formats. The acquisition by Thomson-Shore