Vanity Publishing and Self Publishing: What’s the Difference?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you know a fair amount about self publishing. And if you’re over the age of 40, you probably have heard about vanity publishing as well — and likely not in a positive way. Just the name itself is awful …

5 Things Authors Can Learn From the 2015 Smashwords Survey

Smashwords recently released the results of its annual survey. And the results are … well … interesting. If you want to read the full report, you can check it out on the Smashwords blog. But here’s a summary of what you, as an author, can take from the 2015 Smashwords …

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 …

Should Self-Published Authors Take Advantage of the Kindle Select Program?

Nearly every new author today is opting to self publish. Okay, not always opting. Often, it’s their only choice. But regardless, there are thousands of authors out there self-publishing their books, and each of them is looking for a way to make their book stand out. Enter Kindle Select. In …

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 …

3 Benefits to Charging Less (or Nothing!) for Your E-Book

It used to be that a publisher was responsible for … well … publishing books. Times surely have changed. Now, everyone and their brother is self-publishing a book. Which means that authors themselves are now responsible for all aspects of creating and selling a book — from cover design to …

Are Authors Feeling Discouraged?

I came across a conversation on LinkedIn today. Just the title of the topic of discussion says it all: Internet blogging, social networking et al has no effect on sales for 99% of new self published writers well certainly not for this one. Agree? Sadly enough, most of the people …

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 …

A New Way for Authors to Get ‘Discovered’

I came across this article today on MediaBistro. Just thought I’d share it with my author friends. Apparently, Penguin has created a new website called Book Country — a place where authors can connect with reviewers, publishing professionals, and readers. Here’s a direct quote from the article: “Authors can use …