The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second November 2017 edition

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best twice-monthly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Draft2Digital sees a “very large spike” as Pronoun authors migrate

The not altogether unexpected failure of the US-based distributor Pronoun dealt competitor aggregators an unexpected windfall this month StreetLib and PublishDrive both rushed to produce migration tools that could with virtually one click transfer an author’s Pronoun files across and get them up and running again. Both PublishDrive and StreetLib offer Amazon and Google Play Read More …

Micro-aggregators in Africa rise to meet growing demand from authors

Authors in the “First World” tend nowadays to take for granted that, even if they would really like a “trad-pub” deal and intend to try the agent-query route first, they have other options. Self-publishing is as simple as finishing the manuscript, providing a cover, and submitting the MS Word doc to a self-publishing portal such Read More …

BREAKING NEWS +++ PRONOUN CLOSING +++

It’s late evening GMT here in West Africa, as news emerges Pronoun, the too-good-to-be-true ebook aggregator has proven to be too good to be true. I’ll be back tomorrow with a more considered response to the news that Pronoun has stopped all uploads as of today and will formally shutter the operation on January 15th Read More …

Ebooks grow, slowly, in France

The 4th KPMG Book Barometer is out, and offers a picture of gradual ebook development, with little indication the future will bring any emulation of the exponential growth we saw in the key Anglophone markets, the USA and UK. Seven out of ten publishers in France now offer digital, and 80% of new releases have a Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed (second October 2017 edition)

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best twice-monthly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your Read More …

Self-publishing news round-up 21 October 2017

Smart Author Podcasts from Smashwords Being exclusive or “going wide” Amazon acts as judge, jury and executioner Author-signings and ebooks Making end-matter maintenance easier StreetLib-OverDrive Christmas promotion Six stories from the self-publishing circuit this week. Smart Author Podcasts from Smashwords Does the world need yet another podcast on self publishing?  Mark Coker at the indie-oriented Read More …

Publishing Brief – PublishDrive and StreetLib in the news

It’s been an interesting week on the aggregator circuit. Usually, either at Frankfurt or to coincide with Frankfurt, we hear about new initiatives, partnerships and other news from the western distributors, but this year it’s been relatively quiet. But not totally. Among the pleasant surprises was a series of three posts by PublishDrive’s Zsofia Macho Read More …

IngramSpark waives set-up fees through to end November

IngramSpark is the arm of Ingram aimed at self-publishers, and lately Ingram have been very active in pursuing the self-publishing author, with virtual and actual conferences in the US and UK to explain to indie-authors what IngramSpark can offer. While IngramSpark has extensive ebook distribution it’s fair to say most indies have that in hand, Read More …

Draft2Digital asks indie authors to “Refer a Friend”

Draft2Digital, the US-based ebook distributor, continues to adapt to the challenging self-publishing market in the USA by offering incentives to keep indie authors from going exclusive with Amazon’s KDP Select and to keep authors from heading for rival distributors like Smashwords, PublishDrive, Bookbaby, StreetLib and Pronoun.