Subsidy Publishing vs Self Publishing

I’ve been speaking loud and long on this topic over on LinkedIn lately. It’s a growing issue, a problem I am seeing inexperienced writers facing every day. A week does not go by without me hearing from or reading some writer talking about how they “self published” their book through some subsidy press or another. Click to read more...

Pay’in For It: How should writers pay for help with self-publishing?

In the wake of Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath’s discussion of Eisler’s move to self publishing (turning down a $500,000 contract in the process), Dean Wesley Smith has posted some thoughts that he disagreed with their views on how to get help in those bits of publishing a writer wasn’t able to do, or didn’t want to do: things like covers, formatting, and uploading the books. Click to read more...

A followup on “The Hocking Effect”

Jim Hines just wrote an interesting article the other day regarding Amanda Hocking’s success and what it means for other people.  He’s speaking about her in a fairly cautious manner, though – reminding folks that she’s an outlier, and probably not indicative of what any one writer will be able to accomplish any more than say, Stephen King or J.K. Click to read more...

Expectations of Success

Hot Topic?
The interwebs are abuzz these past weeks with news about Amanda Hocking.  From unpublished author in April 2010, she now has nine (going on ten) books self published, sold 100k books in December, 450k books in January, and goodness only know how many in February – probably a lot more than January, because the mainstream news media got hold of her then, giving her a lot more exposure.   Click to read more...