Good news for writers—sales of e-books improved this summer for the first time in two years! Publisher’s Weekly reports that e-book sales from trade publishers rose 2.4% in May 2017, led by a 3.2% gain in adult book sales, offsetting a 3.2% decline in children’s and YA books, and a 9.4% decline in the religious … read more E-Book Sales Up 2.4% This Summer
Opening your submission cover letter with “Dear Sirs” will bring an instant rejection slip from this Irish independent publisher. Tramp Press announced today that it is closing the door to writers who open their cover letter with “Dear Sirs” or mention that they do not read books by women. The editors say they want to … read more Writers Beware — “Dear Sirs” Will Bring a Rejection Slip!
Amazon has long had policies that prohibit various kinds of erotica (stories that sensationalize incest, rape, pedophilia, etc.), but some other online booksellers have been lax. Today, many erotica authors published on Nook found their books deleted and their accounts terminated. Some say their books have been selling on Nook for years and they were … read more B&N Terminates Erotica Authors
This article in Publishers Weekly discusses the pros and cons of paid reviews and it’s a good read if you have written a book and now you want to promote it. When I say “paid reviews,” by the way, I’m talking about pro (and pricey) review services like Kirkus and Blueink, not $5 reviews on … read more Should Writers Pay for Reviews?
As I begin the unpleasant chore of getting rid of most of the stuff I have accumulated over the years, tonight I came upon a blast from the past. Buried in the back of a large closet in my garage, I found 10 very heavy boxes. And when I peered inside, lo and behold—many, many … read more Blast from the Past
Recently, I was chatting with a new friend on Twitter who got “stuffed” by the same publisher that my dear friend Angelique got tangled up with a year ago. Their stories are the same. The publisher’s name doesn’t matter …it’s a vanity publisher, and they all work the same: you pay a lot of money … read more The Perils of Vanity Publishing