Category Archive for "Publishing"

Professionalism

  Language, being so central to our humanity, does some interesting thing to people, and common greetings can frame a lot about a culture. In South Korea, the first question most people ask is “how old are you?” From a…

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Challenges in Self-Publishing: Marketing

When was the last time you dug around the eBook listings on Amazon? If you’re a typical reader, your answer is “never.” The best data I’ve seen suggests that you go to Amazon when you know what you want. In…

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The Anatomy of the YA Novel

Today I found myself reflecting on the YA novel, and the underlying formula that makes them work. After all, a lot of writers really want to develop these – partly because the market is so active (and likely over saturated,…

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Hatchette Responds

Just a brief update on the Hatchette/Amazon dispute. Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hatchette, has released a letter in response to Amazon’s last public notice to the reading public. In it, he offers a pretty good description of a why book…

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Amazon and eBooks

Amazon is really concerned about ebook prices. And its not hard to see why. As a company, Amazon has a really tough time recording profits, despite steady growth in overall revenue. In fact, considered as part of Amazon’s sales, media…

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Barnstorming Bookstores

In my last post, I talked about the frustration that comes with virtual monopoly retailers like Amazon, and how, despite the convenience factor, there are inherent dangers to allowing any organization blanket control over an industry, especially one like Amazon…

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Amazonia

Professional publishing has been going through some interesting times lately, especially because of the changing landscape of distribution. Like the music industry before, publishing has been struggling to come to terms with the rise of simplified digital sales and downloading….

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