This Week in Indie Publishing

Take it from these local authors: Self-publishing requires more than just hitting send

Today’s generation can easily upload and publish a book for free online. But with so many potential authors, those who choose to self-publish face the challenge of standing out from the ever-growing online crowd.

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China’s Online Reading Craze Is So Big It’s Challenging Amazon’s Kindle

To Yuwei Pan, a regular fix of Chinese novels on her smartphone makes her daily commute a pleasure. But these aren’t just normal stories. Chinese e-books are often serialized; readers wait for the latest chapters of a story, much like viewers catch up with the newest episodes of Game of Thrones.

They also provide an interactive reading experience, where readers and writers can discuss and co-develop the plot. “I turn to Kindle for serious books but I go to Chinese online literature for imagination, fun and freedom,” Pan said.

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amazon-com-logoIs Amazon Broken?

David Gaughran is a 24 carat indie hero, and his latest post catalogues the end point of a manipulation of Amazon’s lending and page read algorithm that has been a long time in the making. It centres on Dragonsoul, a book that had languished in the charts for months only to end up last week, without any real publicity boost, at number 1 in the overall paid charts. Gaughran surmised that this had all the hallmarks of the use of clickfarms, and with the book now at its former chart position, clearly something has also bothered Amazon. The question remains, though, just how rigorously Amazon carry out impact assessments looking at the possibility for misuse on their new features, and how much they rely on reactivity.

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A new poll has found that over half of Brits would like to write a book or have already done so.Study shows over half of Brits would like to write a book

A new poll has found that over half of Brits would like to write a book or have already done so. The study found one in eight Brits has already written or is currently writing a book (13 per cent), while 39 per cent of people are planning to write one. The UK is shaping up for a ‘summer of stories’ as more than one in ten (11 per cent) of those intending to write a book, equivalent to around 2.9m people, say they are planning to start it in the coming months. People have been inspired by authors who started with self-published works, such as Rachel Abbott, whose first three novels sold over a million copies and Fifty Shades phenomenon EL James.

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The Quiet Catastrophe, Then Reinvention Of Book Publishing

My first year as a working writer I made a hundred and thirty-five dollars and ate a lot of generic poverty noodles. My second, a bumper year, I broke two hundred. It was encouraging, but not enough to upgrade to those fancy Maggi noodles the big, prize-winning authors get.

After a decade of freelancing, though, I’d made it. I could mostly pay my rent and buy any damn noodles I wanted, as long as I was happy to sleep under a pile of old hessian bags on a brown couch in a share house.

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