Indie Publishing News

hat Amazon’s Mysterious 50% Royalty ‘Error’ Says About Self-Publishing

Pictured: a self-publisher, books. Not in that order.

Authors using Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon’s  e-book publishing unit, were given a shock when they turned to their KDP dashboards on January 9: A “50%” royalty rate had appeared between the normal 35% and 70% on the dashboard.

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Self-published: Stigma gives way to success in ebook era


Deidre Randall, right, of Peter E. Randall Publishers of Portsmouth, talks with with Melody Russell and her daughter, Michelle, about self-publishing options. (MELANIE PLENDA)
Ty Gagne is a risk management guy. His work hours are spent assessing the risk and insurance needs of schools, municipalities and the like.

On the side, he finds enchantment in mountaineering. Reading about it, learning about it, doing it.

In May of 2015, Gagne of Concord was preparing a presentation to a conference in the White Mountains, when he learned of Kate Matrosova. The 32-year-old mountain climber from New York froze to death during a blizzard in the White Mountains in February of 2015.

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Missouri 18-Year-Old Has Written 4 Self-Published Books

An 18-year-old from southeast Missouri now has four self-published books with no plans to stop.

An 18-year-old from southeast Missouri now has four self-published books with no plans to stop.

Joshua Taylor’s parents told him when he was a child that they’d consider publishing his work if he could go without television and spend that time writing instead, the Southeast Missourian reported.

Taylor now said that time without TV was the catalyst for his love for writing.

“Ever since that moment, it just clicked naturally,” he said.

Taylor comes from a family of writers and credited his parents for his access to “hundreds of books” as a child. Mother LaKenya and father Adrian have both published books of their own.

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SleuthFest 2018 Announces Special Programming Geared Towards Helping Writers Succeed

Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter will host the SleuthFest 2018 Writers Conference March 1-4, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida. One of the country’s premier conferences for writers, SleuthFest is an intensive four-day conference featuring writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions.  SleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques.  SleuthFest also features the annual Freddie Awards for Writing Excellence and the SleuthFest Author Auction, where attendees can bid on such once-in-a-lifetime experiences as one-on-one sessions, critiques, and character naming opportunities featuring the conference’s guests of honor, agents, and editors.

Some of the things people say to me about writing shock me. It’s not like in the past where getting information required someone going to the library and digging through reference books to find the answer. Nowadays it’s a matter of a google search.

SleuthFest 2018 features an incredible line-up of guests and events:

Keynote Speaker Andrew GrossNew York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, and WWII novels, The One Man and The Saboteur, will present “History as a Thriller Backdrop,” a presentation about how to best use which elements of history to immerse the reader in the story and his Keynote talk, “Career Transitions-Meeting the Challenge of Change.

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Wrong ideas about writing 

I would expect someone who is, or wants to be a writer to know how to use Google and to actually use it. If you don’t have time nor inclination to search for your own answers, please give up writing now and find a less demanding occupation.

For example, someone the other day asked if I would be their agent! I have written in this column about many of these issues, as well as spoken about them, and a google search would reveal that a writer, which I am, is not an agent. A writer like me is someone who needs an agent.

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