TIPM Morning Brief: Friday, August 23rd

We have an interesting bag of publishing briefs this morning; from author glee to author woes; a traditional publishing representative getting it in the neck at the Edinburgh Festival; a Christian self-publishing service provider entering the freemium DIY publishing arena; and one small US publisher decides to bundle e-book editions with all new print editions.

And first, Christian self-publishing soliders, it’s time to come out of the trenches! Xulon Publishing, owned by the large communications group, Salem, has announced that it will now offer a freemium DIY self-publishing service for authors. Xulon, once a top ten resident of TIPM’s Publishing Service Index (it’s now numero 37!), will make its money ‘through printing copies to order, and up-selling such other services as marketing and promotion.’ You can read more about the venture on the link below.

Small California-based publisher, PM Press, will commence bundling free e-book editions with almost all its paperback books sold from its website.

Shared-publishing.com invites authors to share their self-publishing experiences on their website. This piece appeared yesterday from one author who used AuthorHouse. It’s something of a gushing review and the author explains how she spend a great deal of time and exhaustive effort looking for a suitable service provider for her book in 2011. While I’m delighted she made the right choice for her, I really do wonder how exhaustive her search really was. You can read her account below, but prepare to feel all gooey and gushy!

Utah state has its laws like any state in the USA, but sometimes it’s also about how you obey and observe the law. When this author referred to her ‘partner’ in her bio piece for the publisher, the publisher promptly dropped her and the publication of the book.

Author Terri Bruce recounts her experience and dispute with Eternal Press on the link below.

Michael Buckland, head of independent e-publisher Cargo, was a panel guest at the Edinburgh Literary Festival, but he didn’t quite bargain for the audience reception he got. While we might not all agreed with all of Buckland’s comments, me thinks the audience ignored the fact that as an independent publisher, he is not the real villain of traditional publishing.

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