Why Six Figure Advances Will Destroy the Publishing Industry

Column by Cath Murphy February 26, 2015
The six figure publishing deal for debut novels is back. Here's why it needs to go away again. Forever.

The Big Six: A Glance Back at the History of Publishing

Column by Leah Dearborn January 12, 2015
This handful of companies wields a great deal of influence over the written word. But how did they begin, and how did they get to be so big?

Seven Important Marketing Lessons We Can Learn From the Bestselling Books of 2014

Column by Cath Murphy December 23, 2014
Why pay big bucks to marketing consultancies when unlocking the secrets of the bestseller is a simple matter of looking at Amazon lists and making a few snap judgments?

The Ethical Author

Column by Dean Fetzer December 17, 2014
Do we have a responsibility to our readers to behave ethically when we market our books?
Hachette and Amazon Freeze Over Hell, Come To Agreement

Hachette and Amazon Freeze Over Hell, Come To Agreement

News by Peter Derk
After a period of controversy and questionable business practices all around, Hachette and Amazon sign eBook agreement.
Sweet Or Low: The Novel That Ads Built

Sweet or Low: The Novel That Ads Built

News by Peter Derk November 3, 2014
Is Hillary Carlip's new project full of sweet highs, or is it all artificial lows?

Five Terrifying Things About Getting Published

Column by Ed Sikov October 17, 2014
You think that getting published would be a joyous occasion. Think again. It's a horror show.

10 Soul-Crushing Things About Writing in 2014

Column by Phil Jourdan August 14, 2014
Find it hard promoting yourself, dealing with incompetent online reviewers, or taking writing advice from viral marketers? You're not alone.

Path to Publication 3.0: I Have A Book Deal Again!

Column by Rob Hart August 5, 2014
Time to put the gears of war back into motion.
Amazon's New Digital Battle Plan

All Your Money Are Belong To Us: Amazon's New Digital Battle Plan

News by Peter Derk July 16, 2014
Amazon is testing a Netflix-style service for eBooks and audio eBooks.

Lawyers: Pros or Cons? Part 2 — Why You Should Love Lawyers

Column by Jessica Meddows
Lawyers have a bad reputation. Ed talked about why you should hate them, now I explain why you should love them.

Lawyers: Pros or Cons? Part 1 — Why Lawyers Suck

Column by Ed Sikov July 16, 2014
Lawyers are supposed to protect writers from lawsuits, but really they just get in the way.

The Five Predicted Outcomes of Hachette vs. Amazon

Column by Daniel Hope July 2, 2014
There are plenty of ideas about what will happen as a result of the Hachette and Amazon negotiations. We breakdown the most common predictions.

Does Size Matter? A Treatise on Big Books

Column by Leah Dearborn June 24, 2014
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but what about the thickness of its binding?

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 7: Release Party, Reviews, and a Fond Farewell)

Column by Brandon Tietz June 23, 2014
The seventh and final installment of the "Good Sex, Great Prayers" series covers the release party, reviews, and parting thoughts of the author.

Be Cool: How Not To Be a Diva Debut Author

Column by Erin Reel June 20, 2014
The transition from unknown writer to debut author can be a socially awkward one. Inevitably, you're bound to make a few faux pas. Make enough of them and you bear the risk of being labeled a "Diva."

Digital Piracy Is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Us, Said No Writer, Ever. 6 Reasons It's a Bigger Threat Than You Think

Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard April 29, 2014
Illegal downloads of an author's work are a necessary evil, free PR, and goshdarnit! downright flattering. Meanwhile, somewhere, a pirate is laughing...
Amazon Angers Fans With Comixology Changes

Amazon Angers Fans With Comixology Changes

News by Sean May April 29, 2014
Less than a month after Amazon's acquisition of the digital comics giant, the company has removed the ability to purchase comics via Comixology's iOS app, to avoid paying Apple a commission.

Indie Press Spotlight: Red Hen Press

Column by Brian McGackin
Meet your new favorite Indie Press.
Amazon Buys Comixology

Amazon Buys Comixology, Expands Literature Empire (Again)

News by Sean May April 11, 2014
The media giant has announced that they are purchasing digital comics platform Comixology, in a deal that will expand Amazon's already pervasive reach in the literary world.
Amazon Plans On Shipping You Books Before You Even Order Them

Amazon Plans On Shipping You Books Before You Even Order Them

News by Sean May January 21, 2014
The shopping giant has filed a patent for "anticipatory shipping", with plans to box or even ship items before an order is placed.
Barnes & Noble's Holiday Sales Numbers Were Bad.

Barnes & Noble's Holiday Sales Numbers Were Bad. Very Bad.

News by Rob Hart January 10, 2014
Barnes & Noble saw big drops in holiday spending across the board, and closed a big flagship Manhattan location. Will appointing a new CEO breathe some life into the struggling bookseller?
In Soviet Russia: eReader Data Can Change How We Write

In Soviet Russia: eReader Data Can Change How We Write

News by Nathan Scalia
eBooks are reading the readers by collecting data over reading habits. How is this changing the writing landscape?

Exploring the Digital Wilds: Expanding Our Approach to Novels

Column by Rob Blair Young December 27, 2013
The new frontiers of the digital world are changing the way we think about stories. This article dives into some of the new storytelling formats of the internet era.

Freelancing: The Art of Saying Yes

Column by Leah Rhyne December 26, 2013
A freelance career is all about saying "yes." How taking some chances can have unexpected payoffs.