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 […]

John Oakes of Or Books on Disintermediation

I’m currently researching a piece at the moment on control, disruption and discoverability in the publishing world, so I was certainly interested to come upon this piece by John Oakes of Or Books on Amazon and disintermediation which appeared late last week on Publishers Weekly. I’m all for large publishers embracing the digital revolution – in-house as […]

Industry Sales Rose 3.1% in 2010; Trade E-book Sales the Big Winner | PW

Industry Sales Rose 3.1% in 2010; Trade E-book Sales the Big Winner | PW “Total book publishing revenue rose 3.1% in 2010 to $27.9 billion and posted two-year growth of 5.6%, according to figures released Tuesday by BookStats, the joint AAP, BISG program developed to create a comprehensive analysis of industrywide sales. As expected, the […]

Traditional Book Output Up 5%; Nontraditional Soars | Publishers Weekly

Traditional Book Output Up 5%; Nontraditional Soars Glad to see this year that PW leads the way in properly defining what ‘non traditional’ means in regards to preliminary figures released by R. R. Bowker. Last year far too many on the media bandwagon referred incorrectly to ‘non traditional’ titles as being all self-published. “Despite the […]

Random House Switches to Agency Model For E-book Sales | PW

The news from Publishers Weekly this evening: Random House Switches to Agency Model For E-book Sales: Random House, Inc., the last of the big six houses still using the wholesale model for e-book sales, announced plans to adopt the agency model effective March 1. A Random House spokesperson said that now the house will set […]

Web Seminar Debates How Self-Publishing Will Lose Its Stigma | Publishers Weekly

Web Seminar Debates How Self-Publishing Will Lose Its Stigma: But first, about those aforementioned bestsellers? Panelist and author Jason Pinter expressed his frustration at always hearing the same few names repeated as examples of how lucrative self-publishing can be. “What annoys me is that the same names are always used: Godin, Konrath, Hocking, The Shack,” […]

PW: Two Self-Publishing Stories That Led To Success

Two Originally Self-Published Picture Books Hit Their Strides “Self-publishing ventures turned into very different publishing experiences than expected for two first-time authors. Jennifer Fosberry and Cheryl Kilodavis, each inspired by one of their own children to pen a picture book, followed divergent paths to get their books into print, yet their publishing stories had similar […]