Self-Publishing Week in Review: 11/19/13

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-publishing can be fun, and (for some) even profitable

This article discusses self publishing trends as well as the options available to those considering self-publishing. The author also covers important topics such as finding an audience and selling your book.
In this interview, Pastor James E. Parker talks about how self-publishing is changing the art world for the better. He shares his own self-publishing experience as well as his opinions on the publishing industry. It is an interesting read for anyone considering self-publishing.
The self-publishing industry is continuing to grow. According to Bowker, the market is up 59% compared to last year.
The Self-Publishing Book Expo marked its fifth anniversary Saturday at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City . The event featured panels, workshops, and addresses, as well as a host of exhibitors.

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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: 11/12/13

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.

On the Books: Allison Winn Scotch to self-publish fifth novel with Jennifer Garner’s production company attached to film

Entertainment Weekly reports that Time of My Life author Allison Winn Scotch plans to self-publish her fifth novel The Theory of Opposites. This article briefly shares why Scotch plans to self-publish and tells a little bit about the book.

DIY: How to Understand Self-Publishing Acronyms

Bowker’s Senior Manager of Publisher Relations and Content Development, Patricia Payton, recently moderated a session at BEA’s uPublishU on understanding how to distribute a book and offered an extensive glossary of terms. This article shares some of the terms and provides the link to the full list of terms.

Self-Publishing And Direct Sales: Pros, Cons And Problems

This Forbe’s contributor discusses her decision to only sell her self-published book via direct sales. She shares the benefits and disadvantages of this method.

Mahwah teen becomes self-published novelist

This is an inspiring story of a 15-year-old sophomore who has recently self-published her first novel. It shows that anyone, no matter what age, can achieve their dreams of writing and publishing a book.

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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: 11/05/13

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.

Smart Businesses Find that Self-Publishing Isn’t Just for Authors Any More

Self-published books are a great part of businesses’ “content marketing” strategies. This article talks about how smart businesses are taking advantage of self-publishing.

3 Simple Censorship Rules Can Safeguard Self-Published Ebooks

Censorship has been a hot topic recently due to the self-publishing erotica scandal. This article talks about how censorship impacts self-publishing and how changes may impact the future.

Self-publishing grows, with almost 400,000 titles last year

A recent Bowker report shows that self-publishing is still a growing trends. More than 391,000 self-published titles were published in 2012. That is a 59 percent increase compared to the year before.

Opinion: How Indie Publishing Compares to the Indie Music Scene

This interesting articles compares indie publishing and indie music. Not only does it point out all the perks of independent publishing and music, but it also discusses the growing acceptance of indie publishing.

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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: 10/29/13

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.

10 Tips For Self-Publishing A Multi-Author Anthology

If you are planning to self-publish a collection of short stories or non-fiction essays by multiple authors, this is a great article to check out. It offers 10 tips for self-publishing a multi-author anthology that will make your project easier and more successful.

Disruption 101 For Self-Publishers

If you’ve been following these weekly reviews, you know there has been a lot in the news about the self-published erotic books scandal. Here is a recent article on the how this disruption could affect book sellers.

Self-published e-books rife with illicit erotica, survey finds

A new survey shows that self-published e-books contain more extreme sexual content than their traditionally published counterparts. This article talks about self-published erotica and the current issues faced by book sellers such as Amazon.

6 Inspiring Self-Publishing Success Stories (That Aren’t ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’)

For everyone getting tired of all the erotic scandal coverage, here is a more upbeat post. It covers six inspiring self-publishing success stories, and one of them isn’t Fifty Shades of Grey.

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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: 10/22/13

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 erotica writers strike back

It has been reported that Amazon, Kobo and other e-book retailers are cracking down on self-published erotica on their websites, attempting to remove titles of works that depict incest, rape and child pornography. According to Publishers Weekly, some self-published authors have started a petition in protest. They believe that the attempt will remove too many inoffensive erotic e-books.

UCSB Grad Launches Website to Help Self-Publishers Improve Their Books’ Ends

Sabrina Ricci is launching the website Write or Read, which is designed to provide authors with reader analytics for their e-books. Already more than 200 e-books have been uploaded to the subscription-based website, which is in the open beta stage and currently free for browsing and uploading.

Kobo removes all self-published titles. Is this censorship, an overreaction, or just good sense?

While Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have all removed self-published pornographic titles from their sites, Kobo has also stopped sales of self-published titles altogether. This is the result of the recent abuse-themed erotic self-published titles scandal.

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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: 10/15/13

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-publishing boom sees 59% increase in DIY titles

A Bowker report shows a 59% increase in self-published titles. More than 391,000 self-published books with an ISBN were produced. Romance and literary fiction were among the top genres, and these authors helped drive the self-publishing growth. The article also shares information about who is buying self-published books and other trends. Anyone who is considering self-publishing a book should read this article.

WH Smith shuts down its website over hardcore pornographic ebooks

While self-publishing is a great opportunity for many authors, some people take advantage of the process and use it for disturbing purposes. Book sellers were recently exposed to pornographic ebooks depicting horrific topics such as rape and child abuse. After being alerted to the availability of these books, WH Smith shut down its website until the titles were removed. They do not promote such titles, and they have set up procedures to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

Self Publishing Company Earns Top 5-Star Rating from TopConsumerReviews.com

TopConsumerReviews.com recently rated the top self-publishing companies and awarded Outskirts Press with the highest 5-Star rating. The reviews help self-publishing authors decide which company is best for them. If you are considering self-publishing, this is a must read.

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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.

Important Book Trends for Self Publishing Authors to Know

As a self-publishing author, it is important that you stay up-to-date on current and anticipated trends in the publishing world. This information will help you make important decisions such as how to market your book, what formats to offer, who your target market should be, and more. The 2012 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Review recently released some interesting information that may impact your decisions as a self-publishing author. Here are the details.

  • Generation Y, those born between 1979 and 1989, spent the most money on books in 2011. Previously, Baby Boomers had the book buying lead.
  • With 43 percent of GenY’s purchases going to online channels, they are adding momentum to the industry shift to digital.
  • By the fourth quarter of 2011, online retailers’ share of unit purchases had risen to 39 percent, up from 31 percent at the close of 2010. Conversely, chains’ share fell to 30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 from 36 percent in the final period of 2010.
  • E-book consumption, which rose from 4 percent of unit sales in 2010 to 14 percent in 2011, continued to grow.
  • Among major subgenres, e-books had the most impact in the Mystery/Detective category, accounting for 17 percent of spending; followed by Romance and Science Fiction, where the format accounted for 15 percent of dollars spent.
  • Fifty-seven percent of book spending in 2011 came from households earning more than $50,000 annually, up from 54 percent in 2010.
  • There was a slight dip in women’s lead in book buying. Though still a more powerful spending group than men, women’s share of unit purchases declined to 62 percent from 65 percent in 2010 and their share of spending dropped to 55 percent from 58 percent in 2010.

According to Kelly Gallagher, vice-president of Bowker Market Research, “Consumers can now very easily purchase virtually any book they want, whenever they want it and get it at a competitive price. It’s more essential than ever before to understand who is buying and what their expectations and habits are.”

As a self-publishing author, it is important for you to understand your target market and base your marketing plan on their expectations and habits. For instance, if your readers are buying e-books, make sure you offer a digital version of your book.

I’d love to know, how are you using book publishing trends to help create your book marketing strategy?

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.