“If you’ve been following ebook news over the past 6 months then you’ve noticed that ebook prices have tended to drop. In fact, the average prices of ebook bestseller lists have shown a fairly consistent downward trend for the past year as more and more titles exit agency price controls and enter the free market.”
An excellent post by Bob Mayer discussing the importance of Author Book Rights and its relationship to self-publishing.
and…for fun…a firebrand of a post over at:
It’s from 2011, but still relevant. Long, but fun and informative.
Writer’s Digest Tutorial”…Learn to be a Saavy Self-Publisher”
Note: Tutorials on Writer’s Digest are by subscription, $25 for one month (you can cancel near the end of that month), $199 for a year ($$ as of 4/28/2013)
There is an intro video at this link Learn to be a Saavy Self-Publisher that runs 5 minutes and covers the 1st of the eight most common causes of self-publishing failure. (I haven’t subscribed yet, but I mean to one of these months)
- How to identify your goals as both an author and publisher, and why this is such a critical first step
- The 8 most common causes of self-publishing failure—and how to avoid making these mistakes
- The 8 traits most successful self-publishers have in common
- The 5 author platform skills every self-publisher should strive to master (so they can sell more books!)
- Types of books and authors for which the indie path is particularly well-suited
- Types of authors and books for which mainstream publication is still the smarter path
- Where to go to find more help and information
This afternoon, I am re-blogging a post by Jeff Bennington over at “The Writing Bomb”.
In this post, Jeff discusses a consulting engagement with an aspiring author. They are specifically discussing pricing and the value of your Amazon Author Page (Amazon Author Central).
This post is very detailed, and provides applicable suggestions for all self-publishing authors.
HooYeah, get along little doggy! (snapping whip)
Links to posts & articles about publishing/self-publishing.
It’s a link roundup!
I found a bunch of good publishing links this week because, well, I was looking for them!
Charles has a great list of resources on this post.
Neil Gaiman at the London Book Fair:
BoingBoing is awesome, btw.
click the pictures for the next few links:
Forbes Magazine: Self-published authors are control freaks?
My discussion about self-publishing completes with info from the famous Jane Friedman.
I have decided, for now :), to self-publish this book when it is time. I really thought that I needed an agent and the traditional path. Certainly the success of other self-published authors has caused me to examine the map more carefully.
I have turned off the main road to take the route toward self-publishing.
Some of the stops I think are along the way:
- First Stop: I need a quality Product
- I need readers and feedback (have some)
- I need an editor (pretty sure I have one)
- I need help with artwork (my wife has a good eye)
- I need layout (I can probably do this part)
- Second Stop: I need a marketing plan
- Who are my target readers
- Why would they want to spend ~8 hours of the life in this book
- etc (I have a couple good templates)
- Third Stop: Distribution/Placement
- Kindle all the way?
- What are my necessary channels?
- Fourth Stop: Promotion
- What unique ways (cheap ways) can I promote the book?
- Fifth Stop: Price
This is a work in progress. I’m trying to follow the 4 p’s of marketing.
As usual for Wednesday, here is a good post on the Pros & Cons of self-publishing
I just joined the selfpublish yahoo group. It was referenced in my last post. The group looks very active and helpful.
Another great post from an author about the realities of publishing, traditional or indie. The weight of marketing is on the author’s shoulders.
A look at the penetration of eBooks.
Print is still king, but eBooks are gaining.
We haven’t reached the tipping point (yet).