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The New World of Publishing: Traditional or Indie? What To Do Now?

Over and over I get the question, “Should I mail books to traditional publishers or not these days?” And honestly, over the last year my answer has varied and shifted. But now I have finally settled on an answer I feel comfortable with for the next year or so. Remember, please, this is just my […]

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New World of Publishing: Speed

Truth: The slow writers in this new world of publishing are going to have trouble. Far more trouble than they had with traditional publishing only. We are in a new golden age of fiction. The first golden age was the pulp age. Speed of writing was celebrated in that time and it will be this […]

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The New World of Publishing: Agents and the Future

Okay, time to talk about agents and their future in this changing world. But first folks, read this!! http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2011/the-agents-role-in-todays-digital-book-world/ Mary Kole, who I do not know, and who seems fairly smart, works at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. On the Digital Book World site, she talked about her opinions of what the agent’s role will be […]

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The New World of Publishing: The Scams

As we ramp into 2011, I figured that besides all the goal-setting talk, it might be a good time to give a few warnings as well. And maybe set a clear work goal as well. Electronic publishing is the hot topic and traditional publishing is struggling to change to the new world. Indie publishing is […]

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The New World of Publishing: The eRace

A long time ago, in a magazine I did for fun for writers called The Report, I came up with an idea to try to add numbers and quantify the mysterious process of submissions to traditional markets. For some reason it got the name of “The Race” because it was a race against ourselves as […]

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The New World of Publishing: It Ain’t So Easy

So far, in a number of these chapters in this topic, I’ve talked about the differences with this new world and the old traditional publishing. And then in the last post I talked about just one of the decisions that writers publishing their own books in their own publishing company must face. Pricing decisions, and […]

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The New World of Publishing: E-Book Pricing

On a number of different email lists over the last four or five months there have been discussions on ebook pricing. Joe Konrath is a defender of the $2.99 novel price, while traditional publishers are keeping their prices in the $7.99 to $15.99 range depending on how new the book is. And on these lists […]

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The New World of Publishing: An Idea to Take Shots At

Over the last couple weeks in the workshops here, a number of professional writers and I have been trying (during side discussions) to come up with reasons why an idea won’t work. Novelist Scott William Carter (who was my co-instructor at the New Tech workshop) and I talked this over and then I started to […]

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The New World of Publishing: The Rolling Stone is Gaining Speed.

The rolling stone of small and self-publishing is gaining speed as every day goes by. Starting on last Thursday evening and running for three days, novelist Scott William Carter and I led a discussion with a little over thirty well-published professional writers on the reasons, the art, and the promise of both electronic publishing and […]

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