This week in Indie Publishing

article-1Agent Hasn’t Sold the Story Yet? Consider Self-Publishing

You wait.  Let them do their job.  They’ll call you when they have something to say.  You bugging them isn’t going to make them sell it faster.

If your agent hasn’t managed to sell your book within a year or so, you may be justified in moving on.  Thank them for their time and let them know you’ll be seeking other representation.  It’s not a big deal.  It happens all the time.

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625,327 Self-Published e-books were released in 2015

Bowker has reported that 625,327 books were published in the United States last year. This is the first time that we have an official figure about the state of self-publishing.

The growth in self-publishing is clearly evident by the explosive growth in 2015. Over 727,125 ISBN numbers were sold, but many of them were duplicates for both digital and print, or were unused. In all, the amount of ISBN numbers purchased by indie authors increased 21% in 2015 vs 2014.

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Read Books, Magazines for Free with Latest Amazon Prime Membership Perk

Amazon just added a great new perk to its Prime membership – free books and magazines to read!

On Amazon there is no shortage of things to buy – but if you have a Prime membership, you get a lot of perks for your $99 a year. Now there’s a new one called Prime Reading. It gives you free books and magazines to download to all of your devices, and it’s actually stuff you want to read.

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Amazon Faces Publishing Dispute in Japan Over Book Subscriptions Inc. is caught up in another publishing dispute, this time in Japan over its subscription-style digital book service.

The web retailer pulled more than 1,000 titles from Kodansha Ltd. over the weekend amid negotiations with Japan’s largest publisher over their contract and the books included in the service. Kobunsha Co. said 550 items were cut. As many as 180 publications from Shogakukan Inc. are no longer being offered; the company said Amazon had sought to reduce the fees it shares.

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Inspirational weekend? Authors hunker down ahead of Matthew

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Genre fiction readers: Your next potboiler will likely involve a hurricane.

That’s because dozens of indie authors — writers who eschew the traditional publishing world and self-publish directly to sites like Amazon — are gathered at a Hilton hotel outside Orlando, riding out Hurricane Matthew this weekend.

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