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by dgaughran
November 28th, 2011, 11:04 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

A bestselling self-published novel – Sugar & Spice by writing duo Saffina Desforges – disappeared from Amazon UK 18 days ago, with no reason given to the authors. Repeated requests to KDP UK have failed to elicit an explanation, let alone a solution, costing the authors significant lost sales. Bests...
by dgaughran
November 26th, 2011, 1:31 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Potosí was once the largest - and richest - city in the Americas thanks to a prodigious mine, a "thumb of silver" which produced remarkable amounts over three hundred years. To the Indians forced to work there, and the eight million of them that perished in its bowels, it was "the mountain that eats...
by dgaughran
November 25th, 2011, 1:22 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Today, I talk briefly about world-building and PoV. I’ve chosen to write "A Storm Hits Valparaíso" in third-person omniscient, but that's not without it's pitfalls and can lead a writer to subject the reader to info-dumping on a grand scale. I've also posted an excerpt from my upcoming release to il...
by dgaughran
November 24th, 2011, 7:42 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Book Country
Replies: 7
Views: 2461

Re: Book Country

Hi guys, Sorry I've been slow to respond, I've had a nasty cold all week. I have a number of issues with Penguin's vanity-esque self-publishing imprint (as you might guess from my choice of words). These, in brief, are my areas of concern: 1. Overcharging. There is little value in either of the thre...
by dgaughran
November 21st, 2011, 10:13 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I have a guest post today from a writer who is trying something very different indeed. Most of us are loathe to share our work while it is in progress for the simple reason that the first draft is often quite different from the polished, finished work. However, one writer is sharing his book as he i...
by dgaughran
November 18th, 2011, 11:35 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Penguin has unveiled a self-publishing service – which will operate under the aegis of its online writing community Book Country – but questions are being asked about the huge fees they are charging, and the massive royalty cut that they are taking (on top of what retailers such as Amazon charge). P...
by dgaughran
November 15th, 2011, 9:14 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I have a superb guest post from a writer who is on the cusp of big things: Mainak Dhar. He started self-publishing in March, and last month he sold well over 6,000 books. He is on course to top that again this month, with one of his books knocking on the door of the Top 100 in the overall Kindle Sto...
by dgaughran
November 13th, 2011, 1:07 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.
Replies: 66
Views: 14265

Re: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.

Sorry, I lost track of this thread. I haven't been around the forum much in the last couple of months - I've been trapped in my writing cave getting a big Christmas release ready. Anyway, my October numbers are here: http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/october-sales-report-a-holding-patter...
by dgaughran
November 13th, 2011, 1:03 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Writers of historical fiction face some unique challenges. We must “build” an authentic world as backdrop for the story, in a similar way that science fiction and fantasy writers do, except we don’t start from scratch – we have the historical record to draw from. This, however, can be both a blessin...
by dgaughran
November 9th, 2011, 9:23 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Kobo has been purchased by a Japanese e-commerce giant with significant operations all over the world. Make no mistake, Kobo is now a serious player. I analyze what this means for the international market and for self-publishers, and why foreign markets are much bigger than they look. Amazon Faces S...
by dgaughran
November 4th, 2011, 9:15 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I got graphs! I got charts! Here is October's sales report. Another relatively slow month for me, but I have some exciting projects in the works. And, seeing as it's exactly six months since I started self-publishing, I have a review of this whole crazy adventure. As always, for those who don't enjo...
by dgaughran
November 3rd, 2011, 12:37 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

The monthly AAP figures for August are out. While they show the same trends we have seen all year (collapse in print, surge in digital), it's becoming clear now that the lost revenue from print is NOT being replaced by the increase in digital. What's happening? Well, in short, readers are going indi...
by dgaughran
November 2nd, 2011, 9:37 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

My weekly column for IndieReader looks at the Kindle genre bestseller lists and sees big problems ahead for large publishers. As more of their business transitions to digital, for the first time, their titles are being exposed to severe competition. In short, they're losing. The Future is Indie http...
by dgaughran
October 31st, 2011, 9:20 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Today I have a guest post from indie bestseller Cheryl Shireman about the kindness of strangers. She also announces an exciting collaborative project: an anthology of stories from 25 new, up-and-coming, and bestselling women writers (including a forward from indie trailblazer Karen McQuestion). And ...
by dgaughran
October 30th, 2011, 12:53 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 328275

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

On my new site SouthAmericana.com I have an excellent guest post from Danish writer Christopher Marcus on the epic struggle to haul a steamship across the Andes in the 1860s. Over The Andes In 2,766 Pieces http://southamericana.com/2011/10/30/over-the-andes-in-2766-pieces-%E2%80%93-guest-post-by-chr...