Legendary Author Advises New Writers to Self-Publish Because “Big Publishers Suck”

Alan Moore Advises New Writers to Self-Publish Because Big Publishers Suck

 With his wild-man Merlin’s beard and distinct Northampton tones, Moore’s speaking style is oddly comforting as he holds forth. “If you write every day, you are a writer,” the co-creator of Watchmen, From Hell and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (to name my favorite Moore works) tells the crowd.

Some of his advice is pretty standard: write every day, be self-critical, don’t worry about money when composing. But Moore also breaks out of the old adages and is frank about the publishing world as he perceives it, pointing out that many of the “famous, well-known” authors out there “have nothing to do with writing,” casting shade on popular works like Dan Brown’s and calling the industry a “mess.” So what’s a hungry writer to do? Self-publish, sayeth the wizard:

“Publishing today is a complete mess. I know brilliant authors who can’t get their books published,” Moore says, explaining that many publishing houses are afraid of taking risks on fiction. Moore’s solution? “Publish yourself. Don’t rely upon other people.”

It’s rare and refreshing for an established writer to promote the potential boons of self-publishing and be honest about their perception of what lies behind the industry curtain.

You can read the rest of the post (an oldie but a goodie) here.

Everything You Need to Know about ISBNs for Self-pubbed Books

A terrific and comprehensive post on the topic of ISBNs, the unique international identifier given to every book, from ALLi Watchdog Giacomo Giammatteo. His advice will equip you to make the right decisions for your own self-published books.

by in SelfPublishingAdvice/ALLi (6/23/16)

Everything You Need To Know About ISBNs

Be warned—this is a long post, but it covers a lot of ground, so bear with me. The first section deals with everything you need to know about ISBNs, or close to it. And the second section is devoted to a question I get asked all the time: Do you need an ISBN for eBooks?

To begin, we’re going to dig a little deeper into the details of those crazy numbers.

Do You Need an ISBN?

#Let’s Take a Closer Look at ISBNs

It seems as if a lot of confusion is tangled up in a string of numbers. And they’re not just numbers—they’re identifiers and they’re damn expensive.

In many countries ISBNs are free, provided by the government through the library system or another administrative branch. In the US and the UK, ISBNs are controlled by Bowker and Nielsen. I’m going to refer to Bowker most of the time since I’m more familiar with them, being based in the US. With the exception of pricing, the rest of the information should be similar.

Read the rest of the post here.

Book Marketing Tips from Industry Experts

by in Social Media Just for Writers (6/27/16) – What book marketing tips do you follow religiously? Are you having success?

If you struggle with book marketing, don’t feel alone in your struggle. A lot of authors wish they could be selling more books.

If you have a beautiful author website, you regularly update your blog, and you’re fairly active on social media, you’re probably wondering: What gives?

I decided to contact some expert book marketers to glean their advice and this is what you’ll read below is their best advice.

You can find the entire post, with advice from industry experts Joanna Penn, Joel Friedlander and more here.

What Makes a Bestseller? Two SMP Authors Say They Know the Formula

In the forthcoming The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of The Blockbuster Novel (St. Martin’s Press, Sept. 20), authors Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers claim they created an algorithm that identifies the literary elements that guarantee a book a spot on the besteller lists. They even identified the perfect manuscript which is…Eggers’ 2013 novel, The Circle.

When Archer and Jockers put their formula to use, they found that The Circle had a 100% chance of hitting the New York Times bestseller list. The book did, in fact, go on to hit a number of bestseller lists. And, according to Nielsen BookScan, the novel has sold over 80,000 copies in hardcover and over 140,000 copies in trade paperback. (Nielsen BookScan measures about 85% of all print sales.)

Archer and Jockers’ algorithm analyzes theme, plot, character and setting to determine what combinations appeal most to readers. They dubbed their litmus test for literary success the “bestseller-ometer.”

The State of Indie Audiobooks

A look at the growing market for self-published audiobooks.

By Ryan Joe in BookLife (6/27/16) – For the second consecutive year, sales of audiobooks grew around 20% in 2015, totaling about $1.77 billion, according to the Audio Publishers Association (APA). The boom is due to the explosion of digital audio, which has made audiobooks more accessible.

Self-published audio has also taken off, with the maturation of Audible’s Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) and the rise of institutions catering to authors who want to self-publish their audiobooks. For instance, the Deyan Institute, which opened in 2014, offers training for audiobook performers. And Author’s Republic, owned by Audiobooks.com, launched last November to help self-published audiobook creators distribute their work.

“In five short years, ACX has literally turned the audiobook industry on its ear by making audiobook production available to those who may never have considered it,” said Audible’s EVP and publisher, Beth Anderson. “Thousands of publishers and authors have introduced their works in a new format, and thousands of narrators and producers have accepted gigs to make 58,000 audiobooks.”

Read the rest of the post here.

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