An Authoritative Look at Book Publishing Startups

January 10, 2017

At the link below you can download my new report, An Authoritative Look at Book Publishing Startups In the United States. I’ve been collecting the data in the report for nearly 5 years. I wrote the analysis in December, 2016, determined to publish early this year. (more…)

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Largest Publishers Supply Less Than 8% of Ebook Titles; Achieve 50% of Ebook Sales

October 29, 2013

If you read this entire blog entry your eyes are very likely to glaze over: it contains an overload of stats & calculations. So let me first offer an Executive Summary:


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Advice for Self Publishers

December 1, 2011

The Guardian in the U.K. has asked me to participate in an online chat at 12-2pm GMT (7-9 am EST) this Friday, December 2nd, for an insider’s guide to self-publishing. The focus is on academics and researchers as the chat comes via Guardian Professional’s Higher Education Network. Key issues differ between academic publishing and trade publishing to a general audience most author concerns overlap. I’m going to cover the common ground here, and save the specifics for the chat. (more…)

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Why Self-Publishing Isn’t the Future of Publishing

July 5, 2010

I uncover some unusual sites and blogs because I have a Google Alert for “future of publishing.” I can’t imagine I would have found it otherwise.


Andrew Shaffer is the author of the forthcoming Harper Perennial Paperback Original Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love, to be published January 4, 2011. (Unusual exactitude for a big publisher. However the fact that a completed manuscript won’t be published for another six months is in keeping with one of the big complaints about traditional trade publishing from those authors who bring out their handkerchiefs).

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An Interview with the Father of Self-Publishing

February 20, 2009

Dan Poynter is without question the guru/godfather/father of self-publishing. Long before self-publishing became a cinch on the Internet, Dan was the leading practitioner and exponent of self-publishing. We’ve met a couple of times over the years, and I thought him very bright, charming and completely committed to the endeavor.

Smashwords has a great interview with Dan. He holds many opinions that differ from mine, which, rather than make me doubt him, make me question my own conclusions.

On e-books:

“We still hear people say they like the look and feel of a paper book. They will get over it. I do not know of one of these detractors who has actually read an eBook. They may have glanced at a page but they have not tested the concept. I have been publishing eReports and eBooks since 1996. Because I fly more than 6,000 miles/week, I read a lot of eBooks (mostly historical fiction). So we can argue about what the customer wants but the deciding factor will be economics. pBooks cost too much. Their list prices are higher and their actual costs are much higher when you consider printing, trucking, inventorying, processing the order, picking, packing, licking, sticking, wrapping and shipping. eBooks require little or none of these and Smashwords takes care of the delivery, billing, paying and customer service.”

Check out the whole interview at the link above. If you’re interesting in self-publishing, buy Dan’s books!

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