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 to write for eBooks: factual, business-like, conversational?

Have you written and published an eBook lately, or are you thinking of doing one? eBooksHere’s what Anika asked me recently about how to write eBooks:

“I am used to writing fundraising bids which are factual and need evidence to support the relevant points. Do you think e-books are similar in approach – business like and factual or should they be a more relaxed style?”

We’re talking about different animals here, Anika

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Have you got a book out on Kindle? Here’s a fab new toy-toy…

If you’re with CreateSpace / Kindle Direct Publishing and have a book to promote, you can now go with one click from its image or wherever it is on your site/blog/etc., straight to a preview of the first chapter or two.

Of course you may have already heard about this! But if you haven’t, read on – it’s great.

blogging for business,blog posts,what to writeDespite being a complete technodork I manage to install it here on HTWB. So trust me, if I can do it anyone can, as my dear WordPress guru Babs Saul would confirm. [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…]

Publish eBooks on Kindle? Here’s how Amazon helps for fiddly new EU VAT rules

Publish eBooks on Kindle? Here’s how Amazon helps for fiddly new EU VAT rules

If you publish any of your material on Amazon Kindle and sell it within Europe, from Jan 1st 2015 you could be facing a hugely complex VAT issue.

If you publish eBooks and other digital documents on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, you might well be tearing your hair out wondering how to cope with these new rules (in force from Jan 1st, 2015) that the EU has brought in about your having to charge one of umpty-dump different VAT (Value Added Tax) rates beyond your own price, depending on which country the purchaser is based in. [Read more…]

Is print really dead, or has it just been sleeping?

Is print really dead, or has it just been sleeping?

Books or printed articles take you into another world where you get lost in the richness of the vocabulary.

Does printed content have a role in our future? Or is it dead in the water? I asked UK-based billing, payroll and printing consultant Caroline McCormack to share her views…

Can you imagine a world without any printed publications, books, catalogues, and leaflets? [Read more…]

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