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Self Publishing bashing

Posted by in Books for Sale , Self Publishing on June 9, 2011

I really do wonder why people write this sort of article –   It is not the first time I have commented on similar ‘Self Publishing Bashing’ I wonder if there is not some ulterior motive behind articles like these. Let’s face it; the publishing industry is in decline. It has sat in its ivory


eBooks and Print books. Are we being ‘duped’?

Posted by in Books for Sale , eBooks on May 20, 2011

I am starting to really question what is behind statements like this which came out of Amazon yesterday – 19th May 2011 “ is now selling more Kindle books than paperbacks and hardbacks combined, with its UK business shifting twice as many e-books as hardbacks, it has announced today.” Now I am very much in


The Book Cover Design – further thoughts

Posted by in Books for Sale , Self Publishing on May 16, 2011

Following on from a previous blog ( about the need for a great book cover for your self published book, I have been attending a number of conferences and discussions on this subject. Book covers have been a vital part of the marketing process. With a large number of books and limited shelf space in


Technological Prophecies that came true and some that didn’t.

Posted by in eBooks on May 11, 2011

From Jules Verne describing eBooks in 1863 to Nikola Tesla predicting the rise of the Blackberry a century ago, I’m sure you’ll agree that the technological prophecies highlighted here are eerily accurate. A fascinating article exploring some visions of the technological landscape from well known people. I wonder if they really believed their visions. Thanks


The man who changed the world forever

Posted by in Books for Sale on May 5, 2011

Love them or hate them, Microsoft has influenced all of our lives probably more than any other technology company. Before Microsoft there was a disparate mess of computers and operating systems and each built around its ‘own’ standards. It was impossible to take your programs or data from one machine and run it on a


Book Covers for Self Published authors

Posted by in Self Publishing on May 4, 2011

You have written your book and now you need to design a cover. How important is the cover today? Where do you start? Before web based online book stores, book covers were key to attracting buyers.  Display space was purchased in shops by publishers to promote their books which had to compete alongside other books,


Why is your book not on sale?

Posted by in Books for Sale , Self Publishing on May 2, 2011

We talk to lots of authors who have written a book but have not published it or got it available for sale. Their reasons vary from ‘it’s not finished’ to ‘we are trying to find a publisher’. So that got us to thinking. How many books are sitting in drawers waiting to be published?  


Are Self Publishing authors really this sensitive?

Posted by in Self Publishing on April 28, 2011

I hear a lot of discussion regarding the importance of spelling, grammar and sentence structure in a book. I do wonder how much of this is ‘literary snobbishness’ and how much is justified. We live in a world where a ‘new type of shorthand’ evolves almost daily. Texting, street talk, and even emails are full


Self Publishing and Marketing your Book

Posted by in Self Publishing on April 26, 2011

You have written your book and Self Published it. Like everything new you now need to start getting people to look at it and persuade a percentage of those visitors into purchasing it. However the problem always starts with ‘How do I get people to find my book’? Just putting it on a list of


eBook Tsunami

Posted by in Books for Sale , eBooks , Self Publishing on April 21, 2011

It appears the digital tide is becoming a tsunami with Nielsen BookScan and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) reporting their latest figures.  The AAP reported print sales declined by 25% across all sectors in the first 2 months of 2011, while e-book sales rose by 18.4%. Nielsen BookScan reported mass market paperback sales fell