Publishing Service Index: January 2016

This is the first PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for 2016. IngramSpark has held on to its number one position at the top of the index ahead of CreateSpace. Kindle Direct Publishing swaps places with Smashwords. Kobo Writing Life moves up two places to sixth, its highest position yet in the index.   Lightning Source continues gradual slow slide, now close […]

Author Solutions: A Poor Experience or Poor Choice? – Barbara Hughes | Guest Post

Background I almost didn’t write this article. I was almost going to leave “well enough alone.” I am a book editor, and the way I work is to provide my authors with any assistance that I am capable of giving them. So rather than limit myself to doing only editing, I will bring my skills […]

New to Self-Publishing? Here is the TIPM Database of Essential Online Reading

Before you decide on the publishing route that is right for you, and contemplate the self-publishing path, it is important to do your research. We’ve put together a list of helpful articles (and videos) we recommend reading before making a firm decision. You will find out what how the publishing industry has developed in recent years, and […]

Self-Publishing and the Internet: New Views on Modern Publishing – Cheryl L. Kennedy | Guest Post

The world of publishing is complex and varied; between vanity publishing and commercial publishing, the tradition of publishing in modern times has no choice but to change with addition and evolution of technology. Hopeful writers have often found themselves sitting under a pile of rejection slips from commercial publishers who do not identify their writing […]

Writing and Reading for Pleasure: January | Douglas Burcham

Douglas continues his writing and reading for pleasure series with some thoughts for January on writing progress and structure, 2015 reading and publishing.   I set out in June 2015 to complete a full self-edit and restructuring of my 300k word Gemini storybook by the end of 2015. Alas, I have failed because I have […]

Breaking up is hard to do: Penguin Random House has Sold Author Solutions

Penguin Random House (PRH) has sold its self-publishing division Author Solutions to an affiliate of private investment firm, Najafi Companies. PRH parent company Pearson purchased Author Solutions in 2012 for $116m from Bertram Capital. Following the merger of publishing goliaths Random House and Penguin, Author Solutions became a part of the Penguin Group. Over the […]

Bad Writing Tips from Famous Authors – Eva Creerson | Guest Post

Maybe you should kill all of your darlings, as the famous line misquoted to Stephen King goes, but the advice you are going to read here by other famous authors is undeniably poor. It is shoddy advice given to aspiring writers. Even though this is quoted to some of the world’s most successful authors, do […]