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06/25/2015

I recently shared an email from a middle grade author finding success with self-publishing. Now here’s a story of how non fiction can be inspired by self-publishing and take a non-traditional route. You often hear that non-fiction would suffer without a publisher to provide an advance. But what author really gets a yearly salary simply… more

06/20/2015

It is often said that only a handful of genres can provide success with self-publishing. Looking at the sources these pronouncements come from, it’s easy to see that this is more hope and crossed fingers than any expert analysis. The financial incentives offered by self-publishing are similar across all types of books. The creative freedoms and… more

06/17/2015

Imagine putting your writing career in the hands of people this dense. Over at Melville House, a publisher normally known for praising Amazon and being rational and objective about Amazon’s decisions and how they affect the industry at large, the news that Amazon will now pay KU borrows on a page-read basis has led to this… more

06/15/2015

Has it been a full year since KU debuted? It feels like longer. And yet, the year seems to have flown right by. Weird how that works. With another June coming and going, we enter KU 2.0. Starting in July, payouts for Kindle Unlimited authors will be based on pages read, not whether or not… more

06/11/2015

Well, here we are. Just a few years after lamenting the lack of coverage of the growing self-publishing market, readers have pushed that growth high enough that it can no longer be ignored. The Bookseller has a write-up about the size of this market, and FutureBook is doing their Friday Twitter chat on the same… more

06/08/2015

There was a discussion recently in one of my Facebook groups about a possible BookBub for indies. If you don’t know of the service, BookBub has a massive mailing list of readers, and their daily blasts move a TON of titles. Subscribers sign up for their preferred genres and are then notified when books they might enjoy… more

06/07/2015

Two books every nature-love MUST read: Nature Wars by Jim Sterba. An incredible look at how nature and man have encroached on one another. The New Wild by Fred Pearce. I rarely recommend a book whose ebook cost more than $9.99. Get this one from the library if you can. Or wait for the price… more

06/05/2015

Does it seem like more and more athletes are missing more and more of their careers? Pitchers are pitching less games and fewer innings per outing, and yet everyone needs Tommy John surgery to repair their elbows. The NBA has been hammered the last few years with injuries to superstars. The threat of injury has… more

06/03/2015

It’s the bane of hikers, the false summit. You’re staggering up the trail, or a rocky ridgeline, and you’ve been eyeing the peak for hours, only to reach that spot and see that the trail keeps rising, that the rest of the mountain was simply occluded from view. So you march toward the next peak,… more

05/27/2015

Today is my first day back in the States for six weeks. It’s a testament to how wonderfully jetlagged I am that I’ve been up since 3am, working. The Pot Luck is all about not knowing what you might get, just that it’ll be signed and stamped. But those of you who made requests, we’re… more