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How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

Congratulations! You have signed with a publisher that wants to bring your book to the market. But how will you get paid for book sales? What royalties are considered normal? I suppose I should backtrack. First of all, how do traditional publishers pay authors, and what exactly are royalties? Publishers typically pay authors in several ways:… Continue reading How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

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Annual Publishing News Round-Up: 2016

As we come to the end of 2016, what big stories happened in the publishing industry over the last year? Quite a few interesting things occurred, so I’ve chosen to highlight the few that tickled my fancy. Bookstore Sales Rose – For the past several years, sales from bookstores have been rising. Other than a brief blip… Continue reading Annual Publishing News Round-Up: 2016

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ISBN: What It Is and Why a Book Needs One

Book publishing isn’t just about finding great pieces of writing and bringing them out into the world. Sometimes it is about the nitty-gritty. This means that at some point, an author or publisher has to think about ISBNs. Implemented in 1970, ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a unique number assigned to… Continue reading ISBN: What It Is and Why a Book Needs One

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NetGalley Access for Self-Publishers

Many of us are familiar with NetGalley and its ability to get advanced reading copies of books into the hands of reviewers, but what opportunities does an individual author have for partnering with NetGalley? NetGalley’s primary goal is to act as an online service connecting book publishers, reviewers, bloggers, and librarians. It facilitates the transfer… Continue reading NetGalley Access for Self-Publishers

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Who Guides the Publishing Industry?

Though diversity in both authors and books has increased in recent years, the publishing industry itself remains fairly homogenous. But what does a typical publishing professional look like? Who are the people who make decisions about editing, publishing, and marketing books? Last year Lee & Low Books created the 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS) to answer those questions.… Continue reading Who Guides the Publishing Industry?

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Resources for Writers: Calibre

For many independent writers, one of the most difficult aspects of self-publishing is ensuring that readable versions of their manuscripts make it into the hands of readers. Calibre, an open source (i.e. free) ebook library management system makes the process of digitizing books a little easier. Calibre began back back in October 2006 – it… Continue reading Resources for Writers: Calibre

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No Party Like a Book Party: The Frankfurt Book Fair

It’s that time of year again. Time when publishers, authors, and book vendors of all sorts converge upon Germany to hobnob, eat too much food, and find the next best thing in books. That’s right. It is time for the annual Frankfurt Book Fair. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest books trade fair in… Continue reading No Party Like a Book Party: The Frankfurt Book Fair


Writing Contest: ‘Glimmer Train’s’ Short Story Award for New Writers

I want to share another upcoming writing contest with you all. Glimmer Train Press is holding its Short Story Award for New Writers contest. The Press will accept fictional short stories between 1,000 and 12,000 words long. The first place winner will receive $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. (Second and third place winners will receive lesser… Continue reading Writing Contest: ‘Glimmer Train’s’ Short Story Award for New Writers

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The Future of International Book Sales

For writers and readers, the future of the book industry depends on who is selling books. Technavio recently published its report on the Global Consumer Book Publishing Market, 2016-2020, which sheds some light on the future of the industry. (Unfortunately, the full report is behind a paywall, but I’m happy to share some highlights here.) To… Continue reading The Future of International Book Sales


The Problem with International e-Book Sales

Books connect people across the world, but sometimes money and taxes can hinder the sale of ebooks. For authors and publishers, this can make locating readers in other countries exceptionally difficult. Starting in 2015, the European Union began adding a Value Added Tax (VAT) to the sale of ebooks. VATs are extra taxes added to a… Continue reading The Problem with International e-Book Sales