Self Publish Your Novel Part 4: Where Self-Publishing is Going

May 27, 2016 Rob 0

This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here. In my last post, I proved a bullet point chronology of developments in self-publishing and e-publishing. Here are some takeaways from that chronology and from my own experience in publishing over the past seven […]

Self-Publish Your Novel Part 3: A Brief History of E-Books

May 20, 2016 Rob 0

    This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here.   When I wrote the original version of this book in 2011, I erred on the side of offering specific, technical advice rather than vague generalities. The result of this was […]

Let’s All Freak Out About Amazon’s Pay-Per-Page-Read Scheme!

July 7, 2015 Rob 0

Any time Amazon makes a change to the way it pays authors, people freak the hell out—and not without reason: Amazon currently controls over 60% of the ebook market, so for authors like me who subsist primarily on income from ebooks, Amazon has a lot of control over our lives. The latest freak-out has to do with Amazon’s decision to pay authors by the number of pages read, rather than paying them per download, in some cases. That “in some […]

Amazon, Hachette, and the progressive obsession with the Big Mean Corporation

July 10, 2014 Rob 2

As a conservative-leaning libertarian, I find myself at odds with most other novelists on a lot of political issues. Whether it’s minimum wage laws or Obamacare, most creative writers tend to favor progressive ideals over the rights of individuals to enter into voluntary business arrangements without government intervention. So it’s a little unsettling to find myself in agreement with someone like bestselling thriller-writer Barry Eisler in the Amazon-versus-Hachette squabble. Eisler, who is about as progressive as one can be, reacts to the latest over-the-top melodrama […]

Is Amazon good for books? and other dumb questions

June 10, 2014 Rob 0

I finally got around to reading George Packer’s article in the New Yorker entitled “Cheap Words: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?” yesterday. Spoiler alert, in case you haven’t read the article: Packer doesn’t answer the question. In fact, he doesn’t even really address the question. Most of the article is taken up with head-shaking reminiscences of Amazon’s ruthless business practices, its treatment of books as “widgets” rather than the lovingly birthed children of the tortured […]