Tag: self-publishing

by Jefferson Yen

Kiva has been a star in online micro-finance for the past 10 years, and co-founder Jessica Jackley was a driving force that led to more than $744 million in micro-loans around the world, with an astounding 98% repayment rate. After leaving, Jackley went on to found the pioneering crowd-financing site for entrepreneurs, ProFounder, which was […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Mobile messaging and social media 2015 (Maeve Duggan / Pew Research Center) 2. What NBCU’s investments in BuzzFeed, Vox could mean for advertising (Jeanine Poggi / AdAge) 3. How The Skimm’s passionate readership helped its newsletter grow to 1.5mil subscribers (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 4. Huffington Post teams up with live-streaming service YouNow […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Nerdist launches collection on Inkshares (via Digital Book World) 2. Kobo developing a loyalty program called KoboLove (Mike Kozlowski / Good e-Reader) 3. Kindle Unlimited paid authors $0.0058 per page read in July (Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader) 4. Did technology kill the book or give it new life? (Pádraig Belton & Matthew […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

It’s a tale of two social titans on this week’s Mediatwits podcast. On Tuesday, select users were able to test out Twitter’s new dedicated news tab. An algorithm is used to determine which news stories are featured in the experimental feature. The tech company has struggled to attract more users lately and the “Featured News” […] more »

by Jenny Shank

Amazon looms large when it comes to selling traditionally published books: 67 percent of all e-books and 41 percent of all books are sold through the online retailer, according to a study conducted by the Codex Group in March 2014. But Amazon’s influence might be even greater for self-published books, as it is sometimes the […] more »

by Miral Sattar

Title: Self-Publishing 101: The Basics for Publishing Your Book We’ll walk you through the process of self-publishing a book and teach you how to avoid the pitfalls that first-time authors make. Do you have a story you want to share with the world and on the fence about indie publishing? Are you thinking about self-publishing […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. The publishing industry’s latest thinking on disruption and innovation (via Digital Book World) 2. Accusing Amazon of antitrust violations, authors and booksellers demand inquiry (David Streitfeld / New York Times) 3. Want to succeed in self-publishing? There are no shortcuts (Drucilla Shultz / Publishers Weekly) 4. US Authors Guild demands 50% of e-book royalties […] more »

by Miral Sattar

The following piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. You’ve written your book and now you want to tell the world about it. Book reviews are one way to get the word out about your book. So how does one […] more »

by Sarah Juckes

The following piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. A lot of authors write books to earn a living, and there are a few nifty services out there to help you do just that. I work with CompletelyNovel, a publishing […] more »

by Carla King

Title: Which Self-Publishing Platform is Best for You? Instructor: Carla King, founder of Self-Pub Boot Camp Join us for a 1-hour training exploring the major self-publishing companies to learn what each company provides in the way of book creation services and distribution. This session will identify challenges that authors often face when making this first crucial […] more »