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2019 Publishing Predictions

The past year has seen a maturation of many of the trends that were sparked by the revolution in publishing that began a decade ago. Indie publishing. Social media marketing. The birth of Author-preneurs. Smart phones as reading devices. Digital diversity. The democratization of publishing. While a lot of these trends will continue to deepen […]

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Happy New Year!

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Writers Digest Novel Writing Conference

Hey, come see me Halloween weekend at the Writers Digest Novel Writing Conference in Pasadena, CA. Small conference. Expert faculty. Fun costume party. If you’re writing a novel, learn all the ins and outs in one weekend. And if you’re planning on doing NaNoWriMo the following week? Get a head start on structure, plot, pacing, […]

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Publishing Predictions for 2018

My crystal ball is telling me that not a lot in the publishing industry is going to change from 2017 to 2018. I think publishing was mesmerized by Washington politics in 2017 and were slow to make any forward progress of any sort. Not a lot of new ideas. No new imprints that take advantage […]

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Brian D. Anderson Becomes the First Indie Author to Get a $100K audio subrights deal!

Brian D. Anderson has a lot to celebrate as he is now the first self-published author to secure a six-figure advance for an audiobook-only deal. The indie fantasy author was offered six figures by Audible, Inc. for the license to produce audiobooks for books seven and eight in his best-selling Godling Chronicles series. The author […]

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Publishing Predictions for 2017

Wow. 2016 sucked. In so many ways. I was never happier to kick a year to the curb than 2016. From David Bowie in January to Carrie Fisher in December, it seemed that each week brought a fresh tragedy to our lives. And all the while the nastiest election ever roared in the background. At […]

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Indie Authors: Make Your Book Work Harder!

Some smart literary agent is going to start a business one day that simply sells subsidiary rights for the millions of indie (aka self-published) authors out there and make a bundle. If you’re an indie author, maybe you didn’t realize that you’re leaving a pile of money on the virtual table by just selling your […]

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The Creature’s Cookbook Rebecca Interview

The Creature’s Cookbook debuted yesterday on the Tapas app (the app is free to download at Apple or Android app stores), and fans ate it up. So we thought it might be fun to interview author/monster Simon Alkenmayer’s first human friend, Rebecca (no last names please), about the chef. So, Rebecca, you seem like a […]

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13 Predictions for Publishing in 2016

THE PUBLISHING REVOLUTION IS DEFINITELY NOT OVER (Regardless of what you’ve heard) From the title of this post, you can tell I’m at odds with the notion that the digital publishing revolution is now over, ebooks are slipping in popularity, print is once again king of the world, indie bookstores are back on a steady […]

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How to Survive Narroweve (Halloween)

The following excerpt came from a weathered old tome I found on the shelf of a tiny bookshop in Edinburgh. Both the bookshop and the street where it resided have long since vanished, and all attempts to find either have proven fruitless. Thankfully, I was so puzzled by the following passage that I made note […]

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