Okay, authors, be ready to watch events unfold without getting your hopes up too high...at least not yet. Author-reader consumption platform Wattpad is beta testing a new feature that can be a game changer if it proves to be both sustainable and expandable, one that stands to open up an entirely new marketplace for … [Read more...] about Wattpad Authors Have An Opportunity To Earn from their Stories
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Barnes and Noble Nook Press is a self-publishing system that allows authors to include their ebooks in the Nook Bookstore and BN.com. Today Canadian authors can now submit their ebooks directly to the platform. This is the first time the bookseller has ever allowed writers from outside the United States into their … [Read more...] about Canadian authors can now submit their ebooks to Barnes and Noble
Don't you love when romance has a happy ending? Or at least a sigh-of-relief ending while still shoving the villain out the proverbial window? Romance stakeholders from readers to publishers have been on the edge of their seats over one hapless author's attempt to make a name for herself by trademarking a common … [Read more...] about #CockyGate Finally Dies the Death It Deserved from Day One
Most people probably wouldn't look to the annual conference of a romance writers' group to find controversy and political outrage, but then again, too many people write off romance authors as not being the business savvy, world-changing voices they are capable of being. This was never more evident than at the annual … [Read more...] about Author Suzanne Brockmann Sets #RWA18 on Fire with Award Speech
There's no doubt the publishing landscape and the world of self-publishing have changed vastly in just a handful of years. From the earliest days of the Kindle, readers could instantly download and devour book from their favorite authors. At the onset, Amazon had worked out lucrative deals with the then-Big Six … [Read more...] about Authors Who Game the System Are Eating their Own
Amazon has just unveiled a new system today for authors called Buy For Others. It gives authors the ability to buy their own ebooks and gift them for social media giveaways, give newsletter subscribers a review copy or even give them away at events.The feature keeps everything in-house: Authors who purchase their … [Read more...] about Authors can now easily gift Kindle Books with Buy For Others
Author-upload site Wattpad has been an integral part of the indie author revolution, creating opportunities for authors to put their work in front of readers, publishers, and industry stakeholders. Equal parts reader-centric entertainment platform and author exposure mechanism, they've paved the way for book consumers … [Read more...] about Wattpad, Tongal Take Reading to the Big(ger) Screen
Amazon has been slowly edging out its own competition by morphing authors over to the newer KDP Print platform instead of the original CreateSpace platform for print-on-demand books. Initially, the KDP Print upload process was just another avenue for self-published titles that were already making their way to ebook via … [Read more...] about KDP Print launches expanded distribution to bookstores
Several years ago, Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare came under intense scrutiny and criticism for alleged copyright infringement. It wasn't that the one-time Harry Potter fanfic author had engaged in...well... fan fiction, but rather that she had reportedly plagiarized others' works. To top it off, she … [Read more...] about When Piracy and Fan Fiction Collide in the Best Way Possible
"So, you're an author. Have you written anything I've heard of?" "You're an author, so you just wear pajamas all day, right?" "You're an author, so you're rich, right?"That last question has been the bane of many authors' existence, the misperception that somehow listing a book for sale equates to a carefree … [Read more...] about Are Authors Really That Poor?
Like it or not, Amazon is the world's largest bookstore. As such, there are a couple of pitfalls for both readers and authors. First, as the largest source of potential buyers, authors have to play nice and follow the rules. When authors cook up something ridiculous to game the system, Amazon makes sweeping changes to … [Read more...] about Are Amazon’s Review Policies Helpful or Reactionary?
There's been no shortage of controversy in publishing lately, much of it happening when authors have engaged in unsavory behavior that alienates them from both readers and fellow authors. The #cockygate scandal, as of yet unresolved, is a prime example of an author taking career-ending steps that were completely … [Read more...] about What’s All This Stuff about Book Stuffing?