Ebook Publishing: Author To Publisher


Considering ebook publishing? It’s taking off. Keep in mind that if you’re a self publishing author, you’re a publisher too.

I’ve long been a fan of mystery novelist Julie Smith. Her books are engaging, and enjoyable reads. These days, Julie Smith is also an ebook publisher at booksBnimble.

According to this article, she invested $50,000 in her publishing business, which is growing steadily:

At first, the sales trickled in. Four or five in one week. Four or five in a day. As she added more authors, she also acquired the rights to her backlist, renewing sales of her own novels.

Interest in the company’s roster swelled: 2,700 copies sold in 2011, 17,900 sold in 2012, and 98,800 sold last year, according to figures provided by Smith.

Which goes to show, in ebook publishing, as with any business, you need to be patient and wait for the business to grow.

By the way, if you write mystery novels, Julie is currently accepting submissions.

I love this book guarantee on their About page: “We’ll give you your money back if you find as many as five errors. (That’s five verified errors–punctuation or spelling that leaves no room for judgment calls or alternatives.)”

Ebook publishing: if you’re an ebook author, you’re a publisher too

Self publishing authors can learn a lot from Julie Smith’s commitment to quality. All books need editors, and that includes self published books. Can’t afford professional editing? You can always trade editing tasks with a fellow author, if money’s tight.

You can also take to heart that you’re running a business, and as you can see from booksBnimble, businesses take time to grow. That doesn’t mean you need to rush and self publish your ebooks before they’re ready. However, the more ebooks you have available, the more you will sell.

Some readers will buy everything you write. I’m very much like that — if I enjoy an author, I’ll buy every book on Amazon.

It makes me laugh when I read that “too many books” are being published. As a voracious reader, who reads around ten books a week, I know that’s nonsense. Readers know what they enjoy, and are always looking for new authors they can glom onto.

Julie Smith is an inspiration. However, no matter how much success she achieves as  a publisher, I hope she continues to write her mystery novels.
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Writing Fiction: This Week’s Roundup

Fiction's profitable for professional writers

Fiction is profitable for self-publishing authors

Writing fiction is the hot new thing for professional writers, for one reason: money.

Here’s a snippet from a recent news release.

In 2013, self-publishing authors hit major bestseller lists in a big way. According to a recent article in The New Yorker magazine about the decline of romance publisher Harlequin, there were 99 self-published ebook bestsellers in 2013.

The same article maintained that while major publishers like Harlequin previously nurtured new authors, in 2014 new authors preferred to self-publish.

There’s a good reason for authors to self-publish. In a word money. The money traditional publishers offer to authors can’t compare with the money authors can make when they self-publish.

In February, bestselling self-publishing author H.M. Ward reported on an authors’ forum: “Over the past year I’ve been offered over 1.5 million bucks in advances offered by huge publishing houses.”

She refused all offers. They made no sense financially. Bestselling self-published authors like Ms Ward can make $100,000 in seven days on Amazon.

When I created the Fab Freelance Writing Blog in 2006, I sniffed, loudly, at fiction. In those days professional writers classified fiction on a par with writing poetry. Laudable, but not commercial.

That changed in 2007, with Amazon’s release of the Kindle. It took just a couple of years for authors to see Kindle’s potential for self-publishing.  E.L. James and her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy gave self-publishing a huge boost. In 2014, self-publishing has arrived.

This week’s articles on writing fiction

Ebooks: Short Nonfiction and Fiction Sells

If you’re an energetic writer, and publish regularly, you’re building your catalog on Amazon, so that each book helps you to sell the others. Regular publishing means that you hit Amazon’s Recently Published lists. That’s all many writers do as promotion. They focus solely on writing short ebooks, publish them on a regular schedule, and let Amazon do the rest.

Read the article.

Writing Short Stories FAST: the Scene Secret

Writing Short Stories FAST: the Scene Secret

Writing short stories? I’ve had several questions from Kindle Romance students about writing and selling short stories as ebooks. In some genres, notably erotica, ebooks consisting of a short story can be VERY short: fewer than 5,000 words. These super-shorts are meant to be read in a gulp.

Read the article.


Writing Short Stories: 3 Tips For Creating Characters Readers Love

Many writers are trying their hands at writing genre fiction, particularly short stories. If you’re new to fiction, it’s much easier to start with a short story or two than it is to start writing a novel, and then get bogged down. And since you can publish each story as an ebook, and then later, when you have a series, publish your collection as a bundle, why not write short stories?

Read the article.

Fiction Writing Tools: Two to Love (Mac)

I’ve been asked about fiction writing tools, so I’ll make this quick, and tell you what I use. Keep in mind that I’m a full time writer, and have been for years. I need tools which help me to get organized, and stay organized. If you’re a brand new writer, start off with Scrivener. You can do almost everything in Scrivener; you can get other tools as you need them.

Read the article.

 Writing a Book: Editors Are Wonderful, But…

You’re writing a book. You’ve completed a draft, and emailed it to your editor. It comes back, with lots of suggestions and corrections.

What do you do? A student asked this question because she was very upset.

Read the article.

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Blogging For Writers: Your Blog Sells Books

Blogging to Sell Books: 5 Tips


The discussion about blogging for writers has been going on for years. Is blogging a waste of time? Does it do anything for your writing career?

If you want to sell books, your blog can help, but perhaps not in quite the way you might imagine. If you’ve written a book, or plan to write a book, you may find these five tips inspiring.