ADVICE FOR AUTHORS

BEWARE! Penguin House/Author Solutions Now Targeting Spain, India and Africa

A firm for authors to avoid at all costs. As exposed once again for their shoddy practises, by author David Gaughran.

Now that authors in the US and UK have got wise to their appalling and ridiculously expensive ‘publishing packages’, that do nothing for authors but cost them a fortune, they’re now targeting authors in Spain, India and Africa. Please share this. And if you know a newbie author, make sure they see this. They’ll thank you for it.

For some reason, I am unable to reblog from David Gaughran’s site, but here’s the link so you can read about this bunch of scam artists for yourselves.

http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/author-solutions-steps-up-global-expansion-penguin-random-house-integration/

Tremendous Growth in the Sale of Self-pub eBooks in the UK

Did all you indies out there see this? And if you have a phobia about the number thirteen, you might be interested to note that this Guardian article appeared on Friday the 13th!

According to the latest information from Neilsen Book, sales of self-published titles in the UK increased by a massive 79% in 2013, with an estimated value of about £59 million over 18 million units sold. In spite of the book market as a whole reducing by 4% last year, the growth of the ebook market in the UK rose by 20%, around an estimated £50 million, of which around £26 million were self-pub books; Just over fifty per cent. How impressive is that?

The article also comments on which type of ebook sells best and to which age range: if your books appeal to women, either buying for themselves or for their children, you’re on to a winner!

Here’s the link if you want to read the rest:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/13/self-publishing-boom-lifts-sales-18m-titles-300m?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=a9e699575b-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-a9e699575b-304500337

Okay, those figures might still be only a small percentage of the overall market, but it surely shows the way things are going.  I, for one, take enormous encouragement from this data and have no desire to scurry back to traditional publishing any time soon.

How about you?

And for those of you concerned that library loans of your books won’t translate into sales, here’s another article that should help to lessen that anxiety:

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/04/13/uk-library-ebook-pilot-shows-library-loans-drive-sales/#.U51o2ihZhng

 

And, if you’re eligible for Public Lending Right income, it’s looking hopeful that legislation will shortly be enacted to make PLR payable on library loans of ebooks, as the UK Government intends to seek Parliament’s approval to allow rights holders to register their works from the 1st July 2014 to allow for payment in February 2016.

Here’s the link (click on ‘Government Response’): https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-extension-of-the-public-lending-right-to-rights-of-holders-of-books-in-non-print-formats

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Get A Clue: Writing Detective Fiction

If it’s your ambition to write detective fiction, you should read this; it’s full of useful tips, with the added bonus of a few words from me in the comments!

Get A Clue: Writing Detective Fiction.

“If I can think of it, anyone can” and other false thinking.

Sound advice for all creatives, reposted from thestoryreadingapesblog:

“If I can think of it, anyone can” and other false thinking..

All about the indie life v traditional publishing: See my article on the storyreadingapesblog

I wrote an article about my experiences both before and after I took up the indie author lifestyle for thestoryreadingapesblog. I enjoyed writing it and I’ve had some lovely, appreciative comments for my honesty (Rafferty’s family wouldn’t be impressed!). If you’re contemplating the indie life yourself, you could do worse than take a look. Here’s the link:

http://wp.me/p3mGq7-1QU

 

Self-publishing for Beginners by Patty Jansen

Excellent advice for those new to self-publishing. Well worth a read.

Self-publishing for Beginners by Patty Jansen.

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Top 5 Panel-Van-Creepy Social Media Tactics

Read Kristen Lamb’s blog post on what NOT to do on social media.

AUTHORS: This means YOU! And yes, I confess I’ve been guilty of one or two of them. But, no more. Do unto others how you would be done unto and all that.

Top 5 Panel-Van-Creepy Social Media Tactics.

WRITERS: TERRIFIC READERS’ SURVEY HERE!

Extremely informative survey of readers’ likes/dislikes, where they buy, why they buy, the works! It’s all there. Tremendously helpful resource for writers. Take a look. What do you think? And does its conclusions agree with your own thoughts/suspicions?

I must admit it was a revelation that Twitter is not much used by readers to find authors of interest. Facebook is king, followed by authors’ own websites. And Pinterest doesn’t seem to figure much at all.

http://e-bookformattingfairies.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/the-readers-sound-off-how-they-read.html

Guest post: Tag or No Tag? Showing Not Telling by crime writer and reviewer Graham Smith

Interesting  guest post by crime author/reviewer Graham Smith on Morgan Bailey’s blog.

I confess I have to plead guilty to this writing crime. I don’t think I’ve ever had a character ‘expostulate’, but I may have sinned in the ‘retorted angrily’ division! Does it excuse me that my main character is London/Irish with a tendency to over-the-topness? No. I didn’t think so. 🙁

How about you? Have you committed this particular authorly faux pas? Or is your writing subject to some other error? Let me know! Perhaps we can help one another.

Guest post: Tag or No Tag? Showing Not Telling by crime writer and reviewer Graham Smith.

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Geraldine Evans is a British writer of police procedurals that contain a lot of humour and family drama Her15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn series features DI Joe Rafferty, a London-Irish, working-class, lapsed Catholic, who comes from a family who think - if he must be a policeman - he might at least have the decency to be a bent one. Her 2-strong Casey & Catt series features DCI 'Will' Casey, a serious-minded, responsible policeman, whose 'the Sixties never died', irresponsible, drug-taking, hippie parents, pose particular problems of the embarrassing kind.

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