Where the Magic Was Born: Birthplaces of Our Favorite Fictional Characters – Bojan Mestrovic | Guest Post

Ernest Hemingway once said, “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.” What is it that inspired history’s greatest authors, like Hemingway, to develop characters so unforgettable that their names have taken a permanent place in literature? It is no secret that the act of […]

Pronoun Launches its Digital Book Publishing Platform

Last May TIPM reported that Pronoun (formerly Vook) intended to launch a digital book publishing platform. Well, today that publishing platform went live. 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. Rebranded as Pronoun, […]

Develop Your Writing Style – Florence Mendoza | Guest Post

  As an author, your style is everything. When it comes to certain writers, style is something that readers will take note of before plot, characters, or any part of the actual substance of your writing. You don’t have to be a student of literature to see the differences in the writing styles of Ernest […]

Author Solutions and Alliant University Launch Academic Press

Author Solutions, fresh from having two recent lawsuits against it dismissed, has this week continued its long-term strategy of partnership agreements with the announcement of Alliant Press. The new imprint is in partnership with Alliant International University and will be operated by Author Solutions’ iUniverse imprint. Alliant is a private, independent university offering graduate study in psychology, […]

Oyster to Shutter Operations by 2016

Oyster, a leading e-book subscription service launched in 2012, has announced it is to ‘sunset’ its operations by 2016. The company communicated the news in a blog post yesterday and said it will begin contacting account holders over the coming weeks. As we continue on, we couldn’t be more excited about the future of ebooks […]

Publishing Service Index: September 2015

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for September 2015. IngramSpark retains its number one position for the second month running in the index.   Kobo Writing Life swaps places with Blurb just inside the top ten. Elsewhere, after a quiet August and early September, it is much as it was over the past few weeks.   Amazon’s […]

Writing and Reading for Pleasure: September | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his Writing & Reading for Pleasure series with updates about his writing progress, a follow up on his last two posts, and some current news commentary.    Trilogy Writing My first thought for consideration for a post on writing trilogies came from reading earlier this year the Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker and The […]

Second Class Action Lawsuit Against Author Solutions is Dismissed

The second class action lawsuit against Author Solutions, a self publishing service provider, was voluntarily dismissed yesterday, September 14th, in the state of Indiana. The news comes after last month’s decision by Judge Denise Cote to ‘discontinue without prejudice’ a similar case filed  by two authors in the Southern District Court in New York. Both parties agreed to end litigation […]

2015 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

This morning in London the judging panel for the 2015 Man Booker Prize announced its shortlist of six books.   Press Release: Marlon James, Tom McCarthy, Chigozie Obioma, Sunjeev Sahota, Anne Tyler and Hanya Yanagihara are today, Tuesday 15 September, announced as the shortlisted authors for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The six names were announced […]

Amazon Expands Kindle Scout Publishing Platform Internationally

This week Amazon announced that it was expanding its reader-powered publishing platform  internationally, including Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and India. Kindle Scout was launched last year in the United States and the platform allows authors to submit unpublished, novel-length English-language manuscripts. Previews of the manuscripts are made available for Amazon readers to […]