Tag Archives: publishing-a-book

Think Young-Adult Nonfiction

Do you know what the most popular kind of book is? It’s young adult. Young adult fiction is one of the rare growth areas in publishing (apart from sales of e-books in relation to traditional paper and hardcover books). Some people see this as a continuation of the dumbing-down of modern society, and the rise […]

The E-Book Tug-of-War Between Publishers an Libraries

Why can’t publishers and libraries get along? It used to be that libraries were a huge market for traditional publishers, but with the growth of e-books, and publishers’ concerns about digital piracy and loss of sales, all of a sudden libraries became possible opponents in a tug-of-war about e-book distribution. Every time I see an […]

Publishing: The Great Equalizer

At a recent Book Expo in New York City, where publishers, authors, journalists, booksellers and others meet to network and to drum up interest in new titles (and books in general), one thing was obvious: this was the rare place in these United States where the political parties met without rancor. To anyone who’s followed […]

E-Reading Escalates

Chances are good that you’ve already got an e-reader. Maybe a Kindle, a Nook, an iPad or another tablet or smart phone. Do you read books on it? If you do, you’ve probably got more reading material than you even anticipated you’d have when you first downloaded a title. There are a lot of people […]

Write a Proposal, No Matter Where or How You Publish Your Book

No matter how you intend to try to publish your book you should craft a proposal for it. This means that if you’re planning to self-publish electronically, or to self-publish on demand, or to attempt to sell your book to a traditional publisher, you should nevertheless do that resolutely old-fashioned but necessary thing, and create […]

A Self-Publishing Success Story

A seasoned author is reaping the rewards of self-publishing. J.A. Konrath, a thriller writer, has said on his blog, www.jakonroth.blogspot.com, that he’s earned $100,000 in the last three weeks from his self-published books. Konrath has been published by what he calls “legacy publishers” and, like many authors who are not huge name brands, he has […]

E-Reading or E-Viewing?

Soon there’ll be as many e-readers with added features as there are books on how to write a book. Yesterday, Barnes & Noble announced a new turbocharged version of its Nook, priced at $249, the same size as the new Kindle Fire, with 1 gigabyte of RAM. It’s become more of a tablet than an […]

The Digital Tipping Point

We’re at a tipping point in the distribution of entertainment. Soon, almost everything will come to us when we want it, in digital form. Following electronic readers from Sony, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, we’re likely to have a new tablet-style computer from Apple by the end of the first quarter of next year that […]

Simple Publishing Secrets

I started to explain all the complicated reasons why I pull back a little every time I go to the Poetry Slam. “I don’t just want to compete for the score. I want to say something meaningful, to be more about community than about trying to win. The scores are so unpredictable, and I never […]

“Eets Going to Be Au-K”

Rain crashes and slides down the windows. We rock gently in the belly of the mini Air Canada jet as the wind thrashes everything on the runway outside. The guy in front of me curses, worrying that he won’t get to Toronto in time to pick up his rental car. I exchange jokes and smiles […]