APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur | Reviewed

It takes a lot to laugh. It takes a train to cry. That’s a little bit the way I feel about Guy Kawasaki’s latest book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book. Just when self-publishing didn’t need another buzz word, Kawasaki introduces ‘artisanal publishing’ for the uninitiated author. “Artisanal publishing features writers who love […]

The Meatgrinder and eBook Publishing

Mark Coker, the CEO and founder of Smashwords, calls it The Meatgrinder. So much so, he happily—and rightly—refers to Smashwords’ file-crunching e-book conversion application by the same name. It may be the bane of many self-published authors frustrations and late nights, but Coker never meant the process of loading a book file to an online […]

A Pro Book Designer Finally Drags MS Word Layout to New Highs for Self-Publishers

Professional book designers will tell you that you simply cannot use a word processing program like Microsoft Word to create a finished print file for a self-published book. Professional book designers at publishing houses use like Adobe InDesign, which is a part of Creative Suite, Adobe’s extensive multimedia all-singing and all-dancing software. However, as long […]

GUEST POST: Independent Authors Need to Know Their Rights | Tom Chalmers

If you have been in or around the book industry over the last year, you cannot have missed the rise of the independent author. There’s a new story every day: more authors going indie, more services for indie authors, and more indie authors selling more books.  There are some fantastic stories of authors who have […]

AuthorLounge Revamps for The Great Unpublished | LBF 2013

The AuthorLounge presence at the London Book Fair has been a feature of the event for several years and this year it gets a complete revamp and will focus on unpublished authors. LBF organisers have partnered with UK book marketing and author consultancy, Authoright. I’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of exhibitors specifically focused […]

DOJ Approves Random House Penguin Merger in the Blink of an Eye

If you blinked yesterday then you might have missed some very significant publishing news. It is strange how one of last year’s biggest stories in the industry just sort of, well… slipped off the radar. And it’s not because Penguin hasn’t been banging its drum with announcements already this year. In the past few weeks […]

Bowker USA Launch e-Book Conversion Service for Self-Publishers

Bowker USA has extended the services on offer at MyIdentifier.com to include e-book conversion for all major e-reader devices (yes, Amazon Kindle, too!). In a press release sent out yesterday, Bowker announced a new partnership with DCL (Data Conversion Library Inc) enabling it to offer an e-book conversion service through MyIdentifier.com as well as ISBN allocation. […]

Wise Words: Jeremy Greenfield | Digital Book World

Digital Book World’s Editorial Director, Jeremy Greenfield, has some wise words for self-publishing authors following yesterday’s O’Reilly Tools of Change Author (R)evolution Day in New York. Here is a snippet, but you can read all his advice for Five Slightly Unexpected Tips For Self-Published Authors to Find Success on DBW. “One thing I hear a […]

Author (R)evolution Day: O’Reilly TOC for Publishing Conference 2013 | Live Stream

Author (R)evolution Day: O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference 2013 – O’Reilly Conferences, February 12 – 14, 2013, New York, NY You can watch the O’Reilly Tools of Change Publishing Conference Live Stream of Author (R)evolution Day from the Marriott Marquis in New York currently taking place. Just click the link above. The Live Stream is free […]