Simon & Schuster Take The Self-Publishing Train – Mind The Step!

It was not the most lengthy press release today, but news that big six publisher Simon & Schuster has dipped its feet into the self-publishing arena with Author Solutions Inc. is significant only in relation to the fact that it has been in the pipeline for a while. The recent purchase of ASI by Pearson may have kept […]

Publetariat Omnibus Edition 2008-2012 | Now Available

Publetariat is an online community, resource centre and news hub for indie authors and small press imprints. Publetariat’s founder April Hamilton is celebrating its first four years with the release of the Publetariat Omnibus 2008-2012 in an ebook Kindle edition. The ebook features the best of Publetariat’s contributed articles over the four years from many leading voices across the indie […]

Lulu Layoff Staff with Restructure

Image via CrunchBase DIY self-publishing service provider Lulu confirmed earlier this week that nine staff members had been let go from its head office in Raleigh, USA. Lulu’s Chief Operating Office, Tom Bright, confirmed the news in an email (via Triangle Business Journal) that the decision was part of Lulu’s overall strategy to refine its platform focus. […]

Blurb Launch Magazine and Brochure Services

Image via CrunchBase Self-publishing platform Blurb has launched two new services for authors and businesses, Blurb Magazine and Blurb Brochure. The services will be available via Adobe InDesign plug-in and offer both print-on-demand and e-book formats. The services will eventually be available using Blurb’s publishing tools, but the initial launch is intended to target businesses and photographic […]

How To Avoid The Vanity Publishing Trap

Over the weekend TIPM received an email from an author expressing frustration with trying to navigate the minefield of submission while trying to secure a home for his/her manuscript with a reputable publisher. The email went something along the lines of: “I have read your description of XXXXXXX [publisher name redacted] as a vanity publisher. Can you advise me how to […]