Tag: authors

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

The role of the author in today’s ever-shifting digital publishing landscape is a complicated one. The job doesn’t stop when the last chapter is written. For many, that’s actually when the bulk of the work begins. Even if you take the traditional big publisher route, the author is expected to carry a heavy promotional weight. […] more »

by Guy Kawasaki

In 2011 the publisher of my book, “Enchantment,” could not fill an order for 500 e-book copies. It was a New York Times bestseller. Because of this experience, I self-published my next book, “What the Plus!” and learned first-hand that self-publishing is a complex, confusing and idiosyncratic process. As Steve Jobs said, “There must be […] more »

by Carla King

Authors these days are more than authors. Our days are fragmented with tasks that more resemble those of publishers and marketers, journalists and speakers. We must not only write, but edit, organize, blog, friend, tweet, connect, converse, advise, recripocate, share and share again. These five apps (and I mean “apps” beyond the mobile-only kind) help […] more »

by Jenny Shank

On January 29, Amazon Technologies Inc. received a patent pertaining to the “secondary market for digital objects.” According to the patent abstract, the technology will enable Amazon customers to transfer — and presumably sell — e-books, MP3s, and other digital files to other customers. And, Apple too has filed for patents on the transfer of […] more »

by Anna Lewis

If you are self-publishing, then proofreading your manuscript is a really challenging task — and you’ll kick yourself if you find a mistake after you’ve told everyone about the book. No matter how many times you’ve read through your work, it’s amazing how often errors can sneak through to the final stages. The problem: You’re […] more »

by Guy Kawasaki

Wrap your mind around this: One of the most important factors that traditional publishers use to decide whether to acquire a book is the marketing platform of its author. You’d think that the main reason for approaching a traditional publisher is to reap the benefits of the publisher’s marketing, and you wouldn’t have to bring […] more »

by Felicia Pride

During my grad school days nearly a decade ago, I relished the stories of editor extraordinaire Maxwell Perkins nurturing a promising, yet unknown F. Scott Fitzgerald. Granted, by the time I was studying book publishing, tales of editors and authors toiling together for years to perfect a manuscript were no longer occurring in a business […] more »

by Jenny Shank

When I saw Jason Ashlock take part in a panel on the future of book publishing at the Aspen Summer Words conference a few months ago, I immediately noticed something different about him: He lacked that black cloud of doom floating over his head that many people involved in the book industry tend to cower […] more »

by Lily Leung

The best stories of the week from across the web on e-books and self-publishing 1. E-book pricing lawsuit moves ahead (via NYT) 2. Authors have ramped up writing pace to meet feverish e-book demand (Christian Science Monitor) 3. Debating the right price for digital books (Columbia Journalism Review) 4. Screenplay for upcoming Wes Anderson movie […] more »

by Carla King

At first, you came to the San Francisco Writers Conference to learn the craft of writing, to hear famous writers describe how they became famous, to learn the secrets of how to create a winning book proposal, to become enlightened by publishers about what they want and, most of all, to pitch literary agents, those […] more »