Why We Must Understand the Continuum of Book Publishing

Book publishing options are no longer a black and white decision but an array of grays

Why We Must Understand the Continuum of Book PublishingIn past posts, I discussed the benefits of traditional publishing and the benefits of self-publishing, as well as the downsides of traditional publishing and the downsides of self-publishing.

Book publishing, however, does not exist as two sides of a coin, with traditional publishing (often called royalty publishing) on one side and self-publishing (once called vanity publishing) on the…  read more>>

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Don’t Debate Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Don’t Debate Traditional Publishing vs. Self-PublishingThere are 4 reasons why self-publishing versus traditional publishing doesn’t matter

Authors often wonder if they should bypass finding a traditional publisher and just self-publish their books. It’s a weighty question with a plethora of answers.

Each option possesses a list of pros and cons, warranting careful consideration, but today I’ll share four reasons why … read more>>

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3 Perspectives on Print Versus Digital Publishing

The form that a published book takes doesn’t matter as much as many people think

3 Perspectives on Print Versus Digital PublishingPublishers, authors, and readers each approach the print versus ebook debate from different perspectives. Among these three points of view exist an array of opinions. Consider:

Publishers are in business to make money. Never forget that. They aren’t philanthropists, seeking to advance authors’ work or serve the common good (though both are laudable secondary goals). They can make money… read more>>

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What is the Future of Book Publishing?

What is the Future of Book Publishing?Will book publishing follow the path of the music and movie industries?

When people look at the future of book publishing they often draw parallels to music and video. In many ways this is instructive, but not in all cases.

Look at the history of music. With music there were 78-rpm records, cassettes, 8 tracks, vinyl records, CD, and iTunes… read more>>

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Why I’m Bullish about Printed Books

The future for print books is strong and ripe with opportunity

Why I'm Bullish about Printed BooksMichael Weinstein, in his “Publishing Panorama” blog at BookBusinessMag.com, posted this headline: “Report from the Publishing Business Conference: This Just In: Sky Not Falling!” This was four years ago. I think his conclusions are even more true today.

Citing many credible sources, he builds a case for a strong future in print publishing, quite contrary to the naysayers who say…  read more>>

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Digital Publishing Pros and Cons

Consider both publishing options for your next book

Digital Publishing Pros and ConsFor the past few years, there has been a great deal of press — and hence a great deal of excitement — about e-books.

Correspondingly, there is also significant debate about the relative merits of each option. The purists insist that the printed version is the way to go, nearly sacred. While the technologists say that e-books are where it’s at…  read more>>

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Do Readers Want Digital Instead of Print?

Do Readers Want Digital Instead of Print?There’s a lot of hype and excitement about reading magazines and books electronically. All variety of statistics are being bandied about to support the deluge of digital. Studies are being conducted and consultants are consulting. There is euphoria over electronic reading.

But is it warranted? While digital reading is a tantalizing development and may someday change the way people interact with…  read more>>

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Why Printed Books Are Still Relevant

Though ebooks receive all of the hype, printed books are still important, for both readers and authors

Why Printed Books Are Still RelevantPeople like to talk about what is new, what is exciting, and what is fresh. That’s why the book publishing industry has so much buzz about reading digital books and listening to audio books.

I’m won’t dismiss those options–because they’re exciting opportunities for authors–but I do caution against overreacting. While digital and audio are fun, sexy, and viable, print is still king…  read more>>

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Do You Believe in Print?

Despite interest in audio and e-books, don’t write off print

Do You Believe in Print?As writers our books can appear in three primary formats: print, e-book, and audio.

Audio books have enjoyed a resurgence. Gone are books on tape. Now it’s digital files that readers listen to from their smartphones. This form of consumption has soared in the past few years, especially among younger generations. Audible books have also received buzz in recent months among…  read more>>

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Know Your Target Book Length Before You Start Writing

Know Your Target Book Length Before You Start WritingIt seems many writers start writing a book without knowing how long it should be. Often they end up with a length that lacks marketability, can’t be economically produced, or will require substantial edits to make it the right size. It may be too long; it may be too short. Both problems take time to fix – if they can be fixed at all.

A friend recently finished writing her “book.” At 8,500 words, she hoped that would be okay…  read more>>

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