The Authors Guild Ends its Partnership with Author Solutions

The Authors Guild — a US-based organisation that supports working writers — has become the latest in a growing group of publishers and organisations to end its partnership with Author Solutions (currently the subject of a proposed class action lawsuit). The Authors Guild formed a partnership with iUniverse in 1999 to offer publishing services to its membership as part of […]

Bloomsbury Set to Remove All Author Solutions’ Imprints from its Service Comparison Database

Back in September 2013 UK publisher Bloomsbury launched a resource and service comparison database for new writers and self-published authors. The database is part of Bloomsbury’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook website, and its accompanying yearbook brand which provides information, articles and resources for writers. At the time of the launch Eela Devani, digital development director at Bloomsbury Publishing UK, […]

Vook Relaunches as Pronoun – A Free Self-Publishing Platform

Vook originally launched in 2009 as a digital content creation platform for e-books. Over the past year Vook has acquired  boutique e-publisher Byliner  and e-book data analysis engine Booklr. Vook has decided to combine the digital technologies of Byliner and Booklr and relaunch itself as an ‘author-friendly’ and author-centric book publishing platform called Pronoun. The […]

10 Essential Rules for E-Publishing – Haley Osborne | Guest Post

In these days of having technology no more than an arm’s length away, more and more books are finding their way into people’s pockets, purses and briefcases. Entire anthologies and series are often hidden away and pulled from nowhere on public transportation and coffee shops, like novice magic tricks. The key to being read now […]

Author Solutions Due to File More Papers in New York Lawsuit

Dorsey & Whitney, the law firm representing Author Solutions in a class action lawsuit currently lodged with the Southern District of New York, is due to file more legal papers by close of business today, 14th May 2015. Lawyers at Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart (GSAS) are representing several authors who contracted services from Author Solutions and the law firm has so […]

Bertelsmann Eyeing Up Buyout of Penguin Random House

Almost a year to the day TIPM produced and posted an article and infographic to illustrate the global media corporations which control the so-called ‘big five’ publishers and the involvement major publishing houses now have in self-publishing service providers. You can still download this infographic here. One of those global corporations is Bertelsmann, current co-owners (with […]

TIPM Q&A Interview: Peter Paul van Bekkum – Mybestseller

This is the latest of our TIPM Q&A interviews featuring people from the publishing industry with a particular focus on The Future of Publishing. TIPM focuses on many companies from the USA and UK and I thought it would be interesting to get some perspective on the services and publishing industry in mainland Europe. This […]

How to Approach Book Reviewers the RIGHT Way | Christine Pinheiro | Guest Post

In 2007, I published my first book. The publishing process was tough, but when I started trying to actually promote my book, that was even harder! My first book was nonfiction; about a niche subject. Getting book reviews seemed almost impossible. I tried to find traditional review sources first, but none of the big newspapers […]

Writing and Reading for Pleasure: A Tree | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure posts by setting up a research task on book structure for the summer.   A tree  A woody perennial plant, typically having a single stem or trunk growing to a considerable height and bearing lateral branches at some distance from the ground.  — Oxford English Dictionary.  I […]