Posted By Sue Collier on October 2, 2012
Here’s some of the latest in industry news and views:
From The Creative Penn: Lessons Learned From 1 Year As A Fulltime Author Entrepreneur
It’s just over a year since I gave up my job as an IT contractor and became a full-time author-entrepreneur. I initially gave myself six months to meet some specific financial targets and after making those, I didn’t return to the day job. I am seriously happy in my new life, but there have been some real challenges and lessons I’ve learned along the way that I wanted to share, as well as some action points if you’re considering making a similar move.
From Author Planet: Libraries, Ebooks and Common Sense
Do you care about the book biz? Read ALA President Maureen Sullivan’s open letter to publishers. Here’s the first bit: “It’s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a company’s product and is told its money is “no good here.” Surprisingly, after centuries of enthusiastically supporting publishers’ products, libraries find themselves in just that position with purchasing ebooks from three of the largest publishers in the world. Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin have been denying access to their ebooks for our nation’s 112,000 libraries and roughly 169 million public library users…”
From The Smoking Gun: Book Publisher Goes To Court To Recoup Hefty Advances From Prominent Writers
A New York publisher this week filed lawsuits against several prominent writers who failed to deliver books for which they received hefty contractual advances, records show. The Penguin Group’s New York State Supreme Court breach of contract/unjust enrichment complaintsinclude copies of book contracts signed by the respective defendants.
From Blue Glass: 45 Ways to Create an Enchanting Blog that Inspires YourAudience to Buy
We’ve all been there. You’re blogging, and blogging, and blogging. But sometimes you wonder…are your efforts paying off? You see your traffic growing. But could you do more to benefit from your traffic? And turn blog visitors into buyers? Because that’s the Holy Grail, isn’t it?
From The Creative Penn: Self-Printed 2.0: Self-Publishing And Marketing Tips With Catherine Ryan Howard
Authors who discover the power of self-publishing often turn into evangelists for the medium. I’m clearly one of those, and so is Catherine Ryan Howard, who has a useful blog with a comedy slant on the self-publishing business as well as a series of humorous travel memoirs – Mousetrapped and Backpacked. She has just re-released Self-Printed, her book about how to self-publish so today we talk about some of what she has learned.