Self-publishing makes it easy to get your words out there – the tricky part is ensuring that your work gets read. That requires self-promotion. Three authors share their tips on how best to accomplish this in an ever-shifting landscape.
Don’t get scammed: the dark side of self-publishing
Scams are rife, particularly when some authors can rake in thousands each month from the Kindle Unlimited program – but high-profile victims of plagiarism warn ‘day of reckoning is coming’.
The Fallacy, and the Truth, of “Big Publishing”
Matt Blind’s contention, writing in Nate Hoffelder’s The Digital Reader is that so-called “Big” publishing is a mere sideshow for their corporate overlords who make most of their money in other media (film, TV) and that, although Amazon should get some credit for encouraging new talent, they are ultimately the same. What next for publishing then?
Amazon talks about self-publishing and the advent of the eBook
Jon P Fine, Director of Author & Publishing Relations, Amazon, talks about self-publishing: I often get asked, ‘What’s the future of publishing?’ Most of the time, I tell people that if I say anything to predict the future of publishing, they should ignore me because who knows? The one thing I do believe is that, from an author perspective, the opportunities are just growing, there’s a proliferation of options. That means all publishers are going to have to think about serving authors more effectively than they have.
Self-published ebooks: the surprising data from Amazon
Corey Doctorow, writing at Boing Boing: There are ways to improve the odds for indie authors — a plurality of payment systems, lots of different search- and recommendation services, more companies providing services to authors. These, of course, are exactly the sort of thing that extremist copyright proposals like SOPA and the TPP work against: by making the companies that serve authors and their audiences bear the liability for infringement, we shrink the number of companies that supply authors and ensure that only big players like Amazon, Paypal, Apple and Google can occupy those niches.
Exclusivity helps Amazon more than authors
Amazon’s Kindle Select exclusivity is “bad for authors”, says Jane Litte of Dear Author, but is there any alternative available right now?
Better discovery options for historical and literary fiction authors
Amazon has added “twenty-five subcategories for historial fiction and literary fiction has sixteen (see the left-hand sidebar). On top of that, they have added additional filters for the Popularity list (left-hand sidebar, scroll down), where readers can segregate books based on time period,” says David Gaughran.
This means self-publishing authors have more chances of getting their eBooks discovered in these categories than before, catching up with the quicker-off-the-mark romance and erotica genres.
Do Kindle Singles point the way to the future of eBooks?
Joe Wikert argues that Kindle Singles (short-form, low-price content) is poised to transform the future of eBooks and become “the standard model of content creation and consumption. Prices for Singles content go up over time too as Amazon realizes competition is limited and ‘short’ really doesn’t have to mean ‘cheap’.”
What authors need to know about images and image copyrights
A good primer about eBook covers and image copyright for self-published authors.
How to self-publish your eBook
Roundup of the major ebook platforms available, and what they have to offer self-publishers.