What Number of Self-Pubbed Books Sold Impresses Big 6 Pros?

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What standard of achievement in terms of self-published book sales is the threshold for impressing pros in the traditional publishing world? Major book agent Mollie Glick. provides the answer: The Book Doctors: What is the threshold for sales of a self-published book that make you go, “Wow!”? And in what time frame are you looking for with these numbers? Mollie … Read More

The Harry Potter Books are Getting Brand New Covers. See the First One Here.

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Scholastic Reveals New Book Cover For ‘Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone’. Today, Scholastic revealed the first of seven new book covers for the Harry Potter series. The new trade paperback editions will come out in September, to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of the series. The cover artist for the books is Kazu Kibuishi, who … Read More

Hilarious Reasons Publishers Rejected Harry Potter and Other Classic Best-Sellers

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via Cracked.com. And did you know this? Author J.K. Rowling might have approximately all of the money now, but things didn’t start out that way. Once upon a time, Rowling was living off of government assistance, retyping complete copies of the manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to send out to publishers because she was too broke to … Read More

Why Amazon’s Patent to Sell Used eBooks May be Totally Cool

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What would happen to writers if their books are sold without any potential for them to make a living from it? I was originally very concerned when I heard reports stating that Amazon had a new plan to enable people to sell their “used” ebooks. The reports make no mention of the original author being involved in the transaction. It’s hard … Read More

The Kill Zone: But I Want Success Now!

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I find this encouraging: Everyone knows mega-selling author Dean Koontz. He’s been producing work for so long that it’s hard to remember a time when he wasn’t on the bestseller lists, but many don’t realize the dues he paid to get there. Before he published Whispers, his big breakout hit, he wrote thirty-eight novels in twelve years. During that time … Read More

With New E-bookstore, Read First, Pay Later

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via Mashable-bookstore: One-Liner Pitch: An e-bookstore and e-reading platform that lets you pay only for what you read. Why It’s Taking Off: Total Boox lets you sample e-books, and take in single pages or chapters, without forking over the full purchase price.  

Guy Kawasaki to Traditional Publishers: Your Days are Numbered – Forbes

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via Forbes: The process takes twelve to eighteen months to publish a book—Apple introduces new models of iPhones faster than that,” Kawasaki explains. In my interview with him, Kawasaki acknowledged that traditional publishers are behind, even detrimental to authors in some circumstances: “The issue is that they <publishers> are limited to the traditional way of making money: selling books printed on … Read More