Self-Publishing Week in Review: 8/19/14

As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.

Writer’s Digest Inks Deal With BookBaby on New Self-Publishing Imprint

Writer’s Digest recently announced that the Company has entered a partnership with BookBaby to launch a new self-publishing division named Blue Ash Publishing. This new venture is grounded in what Writer’s Digest does best: educating writers. As more companies such as Writer’s Digest join the self-publishing industry, authors will reap countless benefits and the industry will continue to grow and flourish.

Yacht Captain Turned Bestselling Self-Published Author Tells All

This interview with NY Times bestselling self-published author Hugh Howey shares his writing journey and advice. He discusses his views on traditional publishing, his secrets to success, the film based on his book, and more.

Kindle Direct Publishing Unveils Pre-Orders for eBooks

Amazon has finally rolled out their pre-order program for all authors who distribute through the Kindle Direct Publishing. Self-published authors will be able to start selling their title before its officially ready, giving them the ability to hype the book in advance and start capturing sales. All self-publishing authors should check out this opportunity.

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ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Executive Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.

Self-Publishing Week in Review: 8/12/14

As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.

Indie Authors Talk Editors

In this article, eight successful indie authors share their editing experiences and offer some tips and advice on the editing process. This is a must read for all self-publishing authors.

Everyone Needs an Editor

This article shares why a great story, professional book cover, awesome marketing plan, and stellar website are all a waste of time if you haven’t hired a professional editor to review your book. This is a must read for all authors.

Simon & Schuster Acquires Self-Published YA Novel

Aladdin Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, has acquired the book rights to Strays by Virginia Castleman, a self-published YA novel about two orphans. This self-publishing success story will inspire all independent authors, especially YA writers.

Self-Publish or Perish: Why I Made the Leap from Traditional Publishing to Indie

This NY Times Bestselling author shares why she decided to take the leap from traditional publishing to indie publishing. This is a fascinating read for all authors.

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ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Executive Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.

Self-Publishing Week in Review: 8/05/14

As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.

Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune (http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/07/25/334484331/unknown-authors-make-a-living-self-publishing)

This article discusses how much money self-publishing authors make and how some authors are able to make a “fortune.” It also discusses Hugh Howey’s report that suggests that self-published authors make more money overall from ebooks than those signed with the big five publishing houses. It is an interesting read for all authors.

31 Percent of Daily E-Book Sales Are Now by Self-Published Authors

(http://smallbiztrends.com/2014/07/self-published-ebooks-on-amazon-study.html)

According to a report by the author’s advocacy group Author Earnings, self-published ebooks now account for 31 percent of daily ebook sales on Amazon, and self-published authors are now earning nearly 40% of all ebook royalties on the Kindle store.  This data is very encouraging to independent authors.

Surprising Self-Publishing Statistics

(http://booklife.com/books/07/28/2014/surprising-self-publishing-statistics.html)

This article also looks at the report released by the group Author Earnings as well as a 2014 survey from the founder of Smashwords. Key findings include:

  • The Big Five traditional publishers now account for only 16% of the e-books on Amazon’s bestseller lists. Self-published books now represent 31% of e-book sales on Amazon’s Kindle Store.
  • Indie authors are earning nearly 40% of the ebook dollars going to authors.
  • $2.99 and $3.99 are currently the pricing sweet spots for most ebook bestsellers.
  • Readers prefer longer ebooks. In fact, bestselling books tend to be over 100,000 words.
  • Pre-orders give authors a sales advantage.

Be sure to check out the full article for more surprising statistics!

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ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Executive Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.

Self-Publishing Week in Review: 3/25/14

As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.

Nook Press self-publishing platform is now available to authors in the UK and parts of Europe

Barnes and Noble, the bookseller behind the Nook e-reader devices and e-reader store, has announced that the Nook Press self-publishing platform is now available to authors and publishers in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. As part of the move, Nook Press now supports multiple languages including French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch. This is great news for ebook authors because they know have access to even more readers.

Steven Berkoff makes self-publishing debut

After rejection by conventional imprints (despite having previously published), actor and director Steven Berkoff has decided to self-publish two books. This is an interesting read for authors considering self-publishing.

Next Time, I’ll Self-publish

This is an honest look at traditional publishing from a professional writer. It explains why next time, she’ll self-publish. This is a must read for all writers.

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ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.

Self-Publishing Week in Review: 3/18/14

As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.

Advice to the Self-Publisher

This author shares excellent advice for anyone considering self-publishing. The article discusses the different types of editing and also addresses when to self-publish your manuscript. It is a must read.

8 Rejuvenating Books To Read In The Spring

One of the best ways to improve your writing is reading. This article recommends eight books worth reading this spring.

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Self-Publishing an eBook

Choosing a publisher is an important decision. This article raises six questions every writer should answer before self-publishing.

Self-Published eBooks Dominate Bestseller Lists

Indie titles are dominating bestseller lists every month. This article looks at some interesting statistics on how self-published titles are starting to dominate the bestseller lists.

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ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.