IndieReCon 2014 is on!

By Lori Culwell

Today we’re proud to tell you about Indie ReCon 2014, which has now begun!  Here is a little more about it… I wrote a guest post for it, and I totally think you should go check that out (along with all of the other amazing articles). IndieReCon 2014, in its second year, is a free online writer’s conference dedicated to indie publishing. Last year with over 10,000 visitors, IndieReCon was awesome with chats and giveaways and days of helpful and pertinent information. This year will be even… Continue Reading

Do You Want to Know How Your Books Are Being Read?

By Lisa Hazen

When my first book was published, my publisher set me up with a book signing at a design conference. I happily sold and signed a huge stack of books, then sent them off with their new owners, not really knowing what would happen with them next. But as I left the conference, I spied two people huddled around my book. Then one pointed at something in the book, and the two of them laughed. This little glimpse of my book out in the wild haunts… Continue Reading

The Best Books of 2013

By Lisa Hazen
Best Books of 2013

What were the best books of 2013? It depends who you ask. Here are lists of books chosen as the best of the year in a variety of categories by different sources. 100 Notable Books of 2013 from The New York Times The annual New York Times list is arguably the granddaddy of them all. These books, categories by Fiction and Poetry and Nonfiction are selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Review. Consider this your to-do list for 2014. Cool Mom… Continue Reading

StoryFront: Amazon’s New Short-Story Imprint

By Lisa Hazen
StoryFront from Amazon Publishing

Historically, readers are accustomed to buying short stories as part of an anthology. Amazon Publishing is changing that with the launch of StoryFront, a new imprint focused on publishing short fiction—story by story. There are 43 stories included at launch, many available for as little as $.99. StoryFront will also be home to Day One, a Kindle-based weekly literary journal introduced earlier this year that is dedicated to new writers and poets. Day One costs $1.59/month or $1.99 per issue. “Based on the continued success… Continue Reading

Spread the Word this Holiday Season: Give Books

By Lisa Hazen
Give Books Pledge

The holidays are almost every industry’s busiest time, and publishing is no exception. As a way to connect their holiday sales with a philanthropic message, San Francisco’s Chronicle Books is spearheading a campaign to get people to pledge to give books this holiday season. For every #GiveBooks Tweet, pin, and online pledge, Chronicle Books will donate a book to a child in need through First Book. Their goal is 10,000 books, and as of this week, they are halfway there. Help them make their goal… Continue Reading

The Red Room: Social Networking for Authors and Readers

By Lisa Hazen
The Red Room: Where the Writers Are

One of the best parts of publishing conferences is the people it brings together. Authors, publishers and readers all in one place—exchanging information and learning from one another. But publishing conferences are but a few times a year. (And expensive, to boot.) Where to commune outside of the conference? The Red Room was designed to virtually bring together writers and readers anytime the mood strikes and as often as possible. Conceived as an online salon for authors and book lovers, The Red Room provides ample… Continue Reading

November is National Novel Writing Month

By Lisa Hazen

So, that novel you’ve been meaning to write? Since… well, forever? It’s time. Or it will be in November. National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) challenges participants to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Although the official event does not start until November 1, you can register now. (Just use the sign up button on the homepage.) Input some brief information about your intended piece, and complete your profile. Now’s also a great time to read past author pep talks and meet others… Continue Reading

Hate as a Marketing Tool

By Katherine

I have probably said this so many times that I sound like a broken record (side note – will that phrase even mean anything in ten years?). You have probably never met a reader who says “That’s it, I’m done. This is the last book I will ever choose – the last book I will ever read”. So why do we in the book business feel so darn competitive? Why do we spend so much time tearing one another down, instead of supporting the efforts… Continue Reading

Oyster App – A Subscription-Based Model for Books

By Lisa Hazen

Netflix has conditioned us to have ravenous—and fickle—appetites when consuming video. Binge away on all 76 episodes of Friday Night Lights whenever you want. Not your taste? Choose from thousands of other TV shows and movies that stream on demand as part of your monthly membership. And you have nothing to lose except a little time—you can stream the entire catalog as part of your monthly fee. A new app called Oyster employs a similar structure. For $9.95 a month, users have unlimited access to… Continue Reading

Amazon MatchBook – the New Program in Town!

By Katherine

On Tuesday, Amazon announced a new program they are calling Amazon MatchBook. I spent some time reading the news on this and was pretty surprised to find that people already have gotten it wrong. Here is the official description we received: The Kindle MatchBook program gives customers who purchase or have previously purchased your print book from Amazon the option to purchase your Kindle version for $2.99 or less. If you have a print version of this title, enroll your title and select a Promotional… Continue Reading