Vanity publishing is dead. Crappy publishing isn’t.

30 years ago, there were only two ways to get your book published: one, by a trade publisher like Random House or Penguin and two, by a vanity publisher. Books in those days could only be produced in printed form and could only be sold in bookshops or, in the case of a vanity published book, by the author direct.

vanity publishing versus professional self publishing

It’s not hard to tell the difference between a professionally produced book, and a crappy one

Many people today believe that anything other than traditional trade publishing is vanity publishing.

But it’s not. Truthfully.

The internet and digital technology have turned the entire book publishing world upside down and opened up a number of new options not only in how to produce a book, but also in how and where to sell it. [Read more…]

How not to write book reviews on Amazon

Much gnashing of teeth has been heard recently from the bottom-feeders of the book publishing world, about the rather sensitive topic of Amazon reviews.

how not to write book reviews

If you go to the trouble of setting up the review of a book you’ve read (whether on Amazon or elsewhere) your job is to give an honest opinion of it…

There have been several years of laughable scams – too many to document here but voici a few examples to refresh your memory:

Book publishing – scams are alive and well and living in the USA, part 1

Book publishing – scams are alive and well and living in the USA, part 2

Book publishing scams – three stinky examples

Although it took a while, Amazon finally lost its sense of humour a while ago, tightened up the regulations, and stopped allowing obviously fake reviews. No longer will people be able to get reviews from willing workers in countries where English is hardly spoken at all, members of their own family (using the same last name), one person with 18 Amazon accounts in fake names, etc. etc.

But still the scammers wriggle their way around the rules

[Read more…]

Book publishing today: top 10 myths exploded

You probably know that book publishing today is a very different ballgame than the publishing picture of 20 years ago and more. But as you’d expect with a comparatively new and still evolving industry, “fake news” runs rife.

10 most popular myths about book publishing today

Today, there are options for people to read our words on their laptops, on their phones, through earphones while they work out at the gym .. as well from the good old-fashioned printed page. And that’s something that should be celebrated.

Here, then, are some of the myths that are flying around, and what the truth is about them. Enjoy.

1. Self-publishing is the same as vanity publishing

No, it’s not. Vanity publishing was a rather unfairly named con played by scammers not so much taking advantage of wannabee authors’ vanity, as of their hearts and souls. [Read more…]

Book publishing scams – three stinky examples

How to avoid book publishing scams: updated January 2018 … If you are writing either a nonfiction or fiction book (or want to) and are thinking about how to get it published, here are some red light warnings of just three of the scams that abound in the book publishing industry.

HTWB book scams

[Read more…]

Book publishing in India: self-publishing grows there too

Please welcome Dr Hiten Vyas, founder and MD of the very popular publishing journal in India, E-Books India. Hiten brings us up to date on the book publishing industry there and how self-publishing is growing rapidly in that market, as it is in many others worldwide.

Book publishing in India: self-publishing grows there too

“Authors who self-publish an e-book can get royalties of up to 75% of the retail price of every title sold.”

Usually, as an author in India, if you want to publish a book you can submit your manuscript directly to a publisher. Another method is to find a literary agent to act on your behalf to find you a publisher, and negotiate a favorable contract for you. These two approaches are both associated with the tried and tested traditional publishing model. [Read more…]

Book publishing: forget those dishonest gimmicks and grow a real, ‘organic’ bestseller

HTWB HLJB no 1Intro by Suze: I have written before about book authors who contact everyone they know and offer everything short of a brand new car for free provided that you buy their new book at a certain time on a certain date. The objective is to take advantage of Amazon’s sales ranking system.

With those carrots being dangled, [Read more…]

css.php