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Story Surgeon: Serious App for Readers or Moral Maze? (Updated)

Story Surgeon: Serious App for Readers or Moral Maze? (Updated)

If you have been following publishing blogs and digital technology websites over the past few days, then you may have read about a proposed software application for the iPad called Story Surgeon. It’s the brainchild of Ryan Hancock, a writer and app creator, and a little over a week ago Hancock launched a Kickstarter project

Random House Digital Imprints | It’s a duck!

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s a duck.  Late last year, Random House, one of the big six publishing houses (now five following the US Department of Justice’s approval of the merger deal with Penguin), launched three digital-only publishing imprints alongside its already existing digital


US Law Firm Investigates Author Solutions For Class Action Suit | UPDATED

The office of US attorneys, Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP, have been carrying out an investigation into practices of the publishing industry’s largest self-publishing service, Author Solutions Inc. based in Bloomington, Indiana. Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP represent employees in employment and civil rights matters, consumers and small businesses in class actions, individuals


Wise Words: When Authors are Consumers

There are some caveats of advice in the self-publishing world worth repeating more than once. When you pay and contract the services of any company willing to publish your book, you are first and foremost a consumer, not an author. It’s readers who make a writer an author. No company, whether service provider or traditional


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

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