Why Publishers Must Invest in Rights Departments

Tom Chalmers

Even the most optimistic in the industry would admit that publishing has been through a tough time during its necessary awakening to a new world order. Global recession, falling margins, supermarkets, Luxembourg’s death grip, disappearing bookshops and libraries, wider competition …

Top Four Best Practices for Writing Great Book Blurbs

Beth Bacon

When you sell your book online, your book description, or blurb, must be persuasive enough to compel people to buy. According to the Pew Research Center, 38% of readers rely on the information presented on your book’s online sales page when …

Self-Publishing Reaches the Summit

Tom Chalmers

I recently took part in New Generation Publishing’s annual Self-Publishing Summit in London, now in its third year. It is always a good opportunity to stop and consider how the self-publishing sector has evolved. The is no doubt that self-publishing, often …

Resuscitating Enhanced Ebooks

Paul Cameron

There has been some debate recently regarding the time of death of enhanced ebooks. While the distribution of books has changed enormously over time, from the invention of the printing press to e-readers, tablets and mobile phones, how we read …

More Crowdsourced Content on Its Way

Rich Bellis

Last week Amazon confirmed it’s adding a crowdsourced-based option to its current slate of self-publishing offerings. While details are still forthcoming, the fact that Amazon is taking greater interest in exploring crowdsourcing as a publishing model suggests its profile is on the …

Wattpad: Digital Storytelling With a Social Twist

Beth Bacon

The digital marketplace has changed the rules for both readers and writers. Authors no longer need to be separated from their readers. Readers no longer have to wait for books to be complete before getting a peek at authors’ work. …

The Content Flood and Authors Whining

Bob Mayer

Sales are down for most authors. You don’t see blog posts about it or tweets, but it’s a reality. And the reason is simple: there’s more content out there than ever before. Jon Fine of Amazon calls it a tsunami …

Want to Sell More Books? Understand Your Readers

Beth Bacon

Every self-published author wants to sell the most books possible. But not every book appeals to every reader—not even books that achieve best-seller status. The cold, hard fact is your book has unique characteristics that only interest a select group. The …