Among the most tiresome memes dominating the publishing world right now -- memes that I've admittedly contributed to at times -- the worst are the self-righteous rants about self-publishing, Amazon, and the long-rumored death of print. There are the writers who think their publishers should be doing more for them while smugly looking down their noses at the writers willing to do it … Continue reading Your Entitlement Slip is Showing
HarperStudio -- one of a handful of publishers who really seems to understand how to use the internet and social media -- is running a web poll on their home page right now that asks: "Are you less likely to read a book if it is self published?" As I write this, there have been … Continue reading The Problem With Self-Publishing
Things are looking shakier by the day for Borders, with GalleyCat now reporting that a Major Distributor Raises Concerns about their financial situation: GalleyCat has received a copy of a "special alert" sent from a major book distributor specializing in independent publishers to its clients, warning them that Borders, whose financial difficulties are widely recognized, … Continue reading Goodbye Borders, Hello Kindle?
The odds are pretty slim, and not just because they're on the verge of going out of business: "I market books for a living, so I can tell you an unpleasant truth: the order for any book, from any account, starts at zero," [Andrew Wheeler, a marketing manager at Wiley] warns. "The publisher's sales rep … Continue reading Why Your Book Will Never Be in Borders