Have E-Books Replaced Mass Market Books?

You probably remember the term “mass market books” or “mass market paperbacks.” But you also probably haven’t heard it in quite a while. There’s a reason for that. And that reason sits primarily in the e-book space. What Is a Mass Market Book, Anyway? People often used to confuse the term …

An Author Website Book Publishers Will Love

I work with authors at all different stages of publication. Some who are self publishing. Others who reach out to me when their books are only a few months away from release through a major publishing house. The saddest of all are the authors whose books came out six months …

Should I Self Publish? The Answer Seems to Be …

By pure coincidence, I came across three articles today that all, in different ways, conveyed the same message. Self-publishing is the way to go. Why? Well, let’s go over what we can learn from each of these pieces… 1. In this infographic, we learn that self-published authors are now selling …

Writers Speak Up: “My Biggest Author Mistake Was…”

There’s a new conversation going on in an author group I belong to on LinkedIn. And boy is it a doozy! The group is called “Authors, Writers, Publishers, Editors, & Writing Professionals.” The question? “What is the worst mistake you made in the history of your career as an author, …

Is An Author’s Platform Now A Prerequisite?

I chimed in to a discussion on LinkedIn last week with this very same title: Is An Author’s Platform Now A Prerequisite? Little did I know just how much commentary there was going to end up being. A few people had commented before I found the post, saying that they …

Penguin Group Snags Author Off Online Pool

According to the NY Times, “Penguin Group USA has plucked its first author from its new electronic slush pile.” Slush pile? Really? Do they have to be so snobby in referring to it? Regardless, this is yet more encouraging news for authors who are trying to get themselves known as …

5 Ways to Market Yourself as An Author (Even If You Don’t Want to)

It used to be that an author could just be an author: sitting at home and doing what they love. That’s no longer the case. Whether today’s authors are self-publishing or going through a publishing house, one thing is a given. They have to do their own promotion. Publishers will …

Life’s Getting Better for Self-Published Authors

I came across two different articles in the last two days that are about completely separate things, but they both relate to self-publishing. And they’re both pretty encouraging for those who opt to self-publish. First, I saw this piece about literary agents shifting careers to become self-publishing consultants. The article …