The state of the NZ book market

Last year, New Zealanders purchased 5.3 million printed books — not bad for a country of just 4.6 million people, but a long way behind Australia. While Kiwis purchased an…

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The collective insanity of the publishing industry

“Publishing is about she who writes and she who reads. Everyone else can lend a hand or fuck off.” Hugh Howey Gene Doucette has a few things to say about…

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Two more ways publishers shaft writers

The latest posting on Writer Beware looks at the arbitration clauses buried in almost all publishing contracts. These clauses say that in the event of a dispute between author and…

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Social media snake oil

Chris Syme of CKSyme Media Group has some advice for authors: The book marketing sector, more than any I have ever worked in, is full of bad marketing advice. In…

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Why Facebook will not help you sell books

An illuminating post from Michael Alvear at Digital Book World: As an author, book marketer and social media specialist, I cannot think of a single more wasteful thing an author…

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American reading habits (2014)

Last year, nearly a quarter of American adults didn’t read a single book–hardback, paperback or e-book–a figure that’s almost tripled since 1978. (The graphic comes from Seth Godin’s blog posting…

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The case against Author Solutions

Author Solutions Incorporated (ASI) claim to represent authors, but 170,000 (“or more”) of them are cited in a class action lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit, filed on February 26, …

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Quotes: Barry Eisler

All writers think of what they do as an art. Smart writers understand that writing is also a business. Really smart writers see themselves also as entrepreneurs. Barry Eisler The…

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