Month: June 2012

More on the economics of the self-published book

More on the economics of the self-published book

For books under $20 (which means just about all ebooks), all that matters is volume. Not margin, but volume. A book in the hand of a reader is far more likely to lead to another book sold. Bestsellers become bestsellers largely because lots of other people are already reading them. I know that sounds silly…

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Self publishers begin to explore the business out loud

Self publishers begin to explore the business out loud

One of the things that’s happening in 2012 is that self-publishing of books is no longer a quirky outsider effort, but instead more and more often being seen as smart alternative to getting picked by the mainstream houses. Andrew Hyde goes into great detail of the revenue stream of his self-published book. There are ton…

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Domino team, on stage

Domino team, on stage

Lauryn rocks the house: Michael MPD testifies: And here’s Al Pittampalli, bestselling author: It’s absolutely incredible what talented people can accomplish when given the chance.

Does curation work for publishers?

Does curation work for publishers?

One mantra heard often is, “in a world with a million ebooks, readers need curators.” Of course, traditional publishers are good at curation, because traditional books are expensive to publish, so they had to be picky, merely as a method of self preservation. That pickiness leads to widespread rejection of books like A Confederacy of…

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Respect

Respect

I apologize. Earlier today, I posted a short remembrance of a hero of mine, a colleague, Ray Bradbury. When I heard about Ray’s death at 91, I had just spent three hours listening to the self-published audio edition of a new book by another hero (and colleague), Steve Pressfield. The juxtaposition of Steve’s message with…

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