The Hot Sheet Reviewed – first December 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 bi-weekly 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 …

Barnes & Noble removes manuscript editor from NookPress

NookPress, the self-publishing portal of the US bookstore Barnes & Noble, is “streamlining” the book upload process and will be removing its Manuscript Editor. NookPress is sending out the following email today: Dear Publisher, We wanted to let you know that we will be removing the Manuscript Editor feature in the next few weeks in 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 …

Macmillan closing romance website as well as Pronoun. Is Macmillan romance struggling?

Hard on the heels of the announcement that the self-publishing portal Pronoun was to close, Macmillan has announced on twitter that its consumer-facing romance website Heroes and Heartbreakers is to close too. While the Pronoun closure surprised few, the closure statement on Heroes and Heartbreakers is unexpected. Publishers Lunch quotes Macmillan as explaining, As the digital 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 …

Trad published author caught in KU scam. Amazon pulls her book and leaves fakes up

It seems rarely a month passes without David Gaughran exposing how scammers are milking Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, at the expense mainly of indie authors. Here, for example. Or here. And as often as not it’s indie authors who are getting penalised But it’s not just indie authors getting scammed. Or penalised for something they haven’t Read More …

Wattpad insights

As reported here last week, the Chinese e-commerce titan Tencent is throwing $40 million at Wattpad, at a time when Wattpad is seeing 60 million people a month use the site. Over at Publishing Perspectives today, Porter Anderson carries an interview with Wattpad’s Ashleigh Gardner which offers some statistical insights into Wattpad users. Fan-fiction (fanfic) Read More …

Cash for Kindle ebooks – Amazon goes local down in Acapulco

It’s been more than four years since Amazon launched in Mexico in 2013 with its spearhead Kindle ebook store, branching out into physical goods in 2015. This week Amazon finally bowed to the inevitable next stage of glocalisation and started accepting cash payments to try hold its own against rival Walmex, as WalMart’s Mexico arm Read More …

Insights from Data Guy prior to the imminent next Author Earnings Report

When the Bowker ISBN report first emerged earlier this month The Passive Voice blog ran with the story, and the usual questions were raised in comments about the validity of the conclusions. Not to question Bowker’s numbers – Bowker obviously knows how many ISBNs are bought and / or registered – but to question how much of 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 …