The Best Advice an Author Can Get

May 22, 2017

Self-publishing has an ill-deserved reputation for being easy. Sure, you can take a bad manuscript in a Microsoft Word file, skip editing, design your own cover, and upload the mess to Amazon. That’s easy. Doing it well, doing it successfully, is damned difficult. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Though when it works, it can be glorious. (more…)

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A Revolution in International English Book Markets

March 30, 2017

A few weeks ago AuthorEarnings released their latest book industry report. As always, there’s a lot of important information to grapple with—this time, even the title takes some wrangling: February 2017 Big, Bad, Wide & International Report: covering Amazon, Apple, B&N, and Kobo ebook sales in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The report is a shocker: it reveals that the traditional method of marketing books in other English language markets is obsolete, while at the same time the opportunity has never been bigger. (more…)

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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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