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by dgaughran
July 30th, 2011, 4:06 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Some agents are discouraging writers from self-publishing. Others are hunting for indies in the Kindle Store. Agents are also proposing different ways of "assisting" with self-publishing or opening full blown publishing houses. How can a writer make sense of it all? Step this way. Agents And Publish...
by dgaughran
July 28th, 2011, 9:07 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

It would be nice to sell a million books. It would be flattering to have every agent and publisher in New York clamoring for your signature. But it would also be nice to win the lottery. Let’s talk about realistic goals. What Do You Want? http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/what-do-you-want/
by dgaughran
July 27th, 2011, 2:06 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Amazon's sales are BOOMING. And they are investing the money in finding new customers in new international markets, while their publishing arm continues to sign up successful self-publishers to sell to them. Amazon Rakes In More Cash, And Spends It Wisely http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2011/07/2...
by dgaughran
July 27th, 2011, 6:12 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

This was lots and lots of fun to write. One of the nicest people in the self-publishing world has had a very good week. J Carson Black has agreed a publishing deal with Amazon's new imprint Thomas & Mercer. Not only that, she has sold 250,000 e-books. In a few months. Pretty amazing. To read the ann...
by dgaughran
July 24th, 2011, 11:18 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

E-books are up 160.1% in the first five months of 2011 (from the same period last year). Print has fallen dramatically in all categories. Meanwhile, Borders is closing and Barnes & Noble plans to further reduce store space (and orders) for books and return many of the books they already have to publ...
by dgaughran
July 22nd, 2011, 11:13 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Today’s guest poster, Moses Siregar III, understands the importance of only publishing when you are ready. And instead of rushing something out, he makes a convincing case for taking your time and building your platform instead.

http://bit.ly/mQJtka
by dgaughran
July 18th, 2011, 9:40 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Each drop in print sales causes bookstore closures, which means less stores to sell books, which means lower print runs, which means higher printing costs, which means higher prices, which means another drop in print sales. But this is only one of a series of vicious circles that mean the end of any...
by dgaughran
July 16th, 2011, 6:09 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Querying UK Agents?
Replies: 14
Views: 20420

Re: Querying UK Agents?

Hi Jeremy, It's six months since I've sent a query, so things may have changed. When I was querying, I was seeing the beginnings of what looked like a trend for UK agents not to accept overseas writers. One wrote candidly on their blog that this was because they assumed that US writers in particular...
by dgaughran
July 15th, 2011, 12:04 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Today is top promo tip day. Want to get (a lot) more reviews? Want to get (a lot) more readers? Then read today's post. Also, if you are interested in an advance copy of Let's Get Digital: How To (And Why You Should) Self-Publish , then read to the end. Promo Tip: LibraryThing Giveaways http://david...
by dgaughran
July 14th, 2011, 11:32 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

My designer has kindly allowed the world to see how the sausage is made. Today, I break down one of my covers, showing the entire process from the initial brief and first image, through several mock-ups of proposed covers to how and why the final design was selected. The Anatomy of a Book Cover http...
by dgaughran
July 13th, 2011, 10:43 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Following on from Monday's post about Amazon's boneheaded $2 surcharge that they levy on most international e-book purchases, today I have some news on Kobo's agressive European expansion. Amazon need to wake up. http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/kobo-target-europe-while-amazon-sleep-at-...
by dgaughran
July 12th, 2011, 12:56 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I have two today as I forgot to post yesterday... #1 Amazon Surcharge On Monday, I wrote about the $2 Surcharge that Amazon is adding on to the price of your books to readers in most international countries (not DE or UK). This charge is nothing to do with taxes, and it's all kept by Amazon. http://...
by dgaughran
July 9th, 2011, 1:20 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

It seems that some books are easier to find than others in this mountain of crap. I’m sure it’s a coincidence that it happens to be the well-written stories with engaging characters that are combined with a professional approach and clever marketing. http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/two...
by dgaughran
July 8th, 2011, 8:42 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Today, I have a guest post from fellow self-publisher Tony James Slater, whose debut book, a humorous account of his adventures in Ecuador working at an exotic animal sanctuary called That Bear Ate My Pants! raced up the charts on its very first day. That Bear Ate My Pants: A Home Run On Day One htt...
by dgaughran
July 7th, 2011, 10:01 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433052

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Prompted by the Wall Street Journal's attack on self-publishers, today I drew up a list of all the horrible things that have come about since the rise of self-publishing. You know, things like more options for writers, fairer royalty splits, complete control over production, more selection for reade...