Category Archives: Publishing

Ads on Kindle

Yesterday, Amazon announced a new version of its popular Kindle e-reader, where in exchange for a $25 price break the device’s screen saver shows ads (ahem, “special offers”) instead of portraits of notable authors.  Gizmag has a great write-up all … Continue reading

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Writing for the iPhone Generation

Recently I saw this infographic on the trends with smart phones (click link to view the whole thing). And after seeing it, it’s easy to believe our computing life will be much different in five years. The question on my … Continue reading

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Can Authors Use Groupon?

I’m sure everyone by now has heard of Groupon, the creative offspring of marketing and social networking. In a nutshell, a retailer submits the idea for a coupon, members (i.e. the “Group”) vote if it is a good idea or … Continue reading

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Marketing (groan)

I admit it, I’m fairly new at marketing and probably not very good right now.  My experience involves one whole semester of BUS321-Principles of Marketing and reading Guerrilla Marketing for Writers (which was the more helpful of the two). Occasionally, … Continue reading

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15 Years From Now – Part 2 (Technology)

In my last post I shared how I’m attempting to update a classic novel published in 1908 to have a near future setting.  G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday was written in in the “present day” of the early … Continue reading

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Next Book Cover Concept

There’s a lot that goes into designing a compelling novel cover.  It’s almost like trying to sum up a book in one paragraph.  You want to show something meaningful, but you don’t want to give the ending away either. For … Continue reading

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Free Stuff for E-Readers

Fox News had a fair and balanced article last week about where to find free content for your Kindle or other e-reader.  Most of their suggestions are commonly known, but one big development in the works  was news to me. … Continue reading

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How To: Format a Document for the Kindle

IO9 is one of my weekly stop-by sites for speculative fiction, and recently they reprinted an amazing little nugget from Business Insider for any writer who’d like to see their work on a Kindle.  With easy step-by-step instructions, they shared … Continue reading

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Thinking About the Future of Publishing

Technology Review recently published a very interesting article on the Four Principles for Crafting Your Innovation Strategy.  Using the home movie rental business as a case study, TR shows how companies like Blockbuster are suffering due to their lack of … Continue reading

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