Tagged: ePublishing

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Writing styles: Is technology changing the way we write?

As a writer-in-residence my teaching program occasionally goes by the wayside in lieu of far more interesting and often enlightening (for me) discussions about writing. Today was one such day. Students in a year eight (13-14 y/o) group asked me if I had read Playing Beatie Bow. I had. When I was young. Very young. “That explains a lot,” they said, rolling their eyes. I...

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A contract lost

I lost a publishing contract. The offer of a contract to publish my novel Fake Profile with a traditional publisher was withdrawn. Before it was made. I didn’t even know about it, but I was gutted when I found out. At least, I was until I realised that I was no worse off than if I hadn’t known about it. And really, I can’t be...

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Dodgy deals in a murky market

A few months ago, I posted my thoughts regarding the need for Literary Agents to reinvent themselves so that they may remain relevant in the context of a changing industry. Since then it seems that some ‘enterprising’ persons and/or organisations have done just this and developed a business model that looks to address increasing demand in ePublishing. These emerging models seem quite profitable to the...

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Adapt or die

The publishing industry is changing. Rapidly. Sales of eReaders are tripling every year, and competition between the available readers is stepping up. The impending sales battle between the new Kindle Fire and the Noble Nook Colour is attraction attention, meanwhile the price of eReaders―industry leaders as well as generic brands and android devices―has dropped significantly, making them accessible to a broader range of consumer. Sales...

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Reviling reviews

I’m reviewing books at the moment. It’s a challenge. Not because I don’t know how write a review, but because before I even sit down to read the book, I have to figure out whether I am the best person to write it. Those who know me personally will know that I am a fairly straightforward person. I say what I think. In fact, sometimes...

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eAuthoring pays

I got the first royalty cheque for my novel today. It’s very exciting. Well, it’s not exactly a cheque, and I don’t actually physically have it yet, but I know it’s coming. At least that’s what the sales report from Smashwords tells me.  I published Fake Profile as an eBook at the end of June and the sales report was for the month of July....

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Facing the Dementors

For the uninitiated, Dementors are those ghastly demons who suck all the happiness out of you. They thrive on negativity and relentlessly instill unspeakable doubt in those upon whom they prey. They can impose the ‘kiss of death’ and suck the soul and very life out of their victims, leaving nothing but a zombie where once lived hope and passion and happiness. Dementors are, of...

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What about literary agents?

What role will the literary agent play in the New World of publishing? I wonder if they’ve given much thought to how they may need to adapt their roles, or whether their roles may even become redundant. Incomes of literary agents are attached to the income of the author, usually around 15% of author royalties. The success of the author (and the amount of money...

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New media book marketing

The publishing world is changing―there is no doubt about that. Borders going belly up took with it 30% of the book selling market, spelling disaster for emerging authors yet to break into the market. The game is changing. Publishers are fighting for their lives, and don’t want to take risks. Being an author is increasingly about more than just writing the manuscript. It is about...

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A Risk Worth Taking?

I wrote my last post as a stream of consciousness about ePublishing following a Writer’s Festival I attended. The festival at the NSW Writers Centre was great, but the subtle conversational subtext between authors and publishers, as well as the open discussions between proponents of the ‘New World’ of publishing and traditional publishing set me a-thinking even further. I dived into the blogosphere and read...