This Week in Indie Publishing


A novel way to write fiction: the lure of online self-publishing

A couple of years ago, one of my daughters, then aged 10, declared that she wanted to write a novel. I wasn’t terribly surprised: she has always been a ­bookworm, and has grown up surrounded by ­writers. When I was her age, I was desperate to write ­children’s ­fiction — so much so that I spent countless hours curled up on my bed, obsessively crafting my tomes. By my early teens I had penned a couple of “novels” with titles such as The Dwarfs of Kimberly Koe and The Origin of Bevelin. But the launch of my daughter’s writing career came with a startling and thought-­provoking ­21st-century twist.

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Boylston author encourages others to ‘keep writing’

Chuck Abdella is spinning a fantasy tale, with a twist. The third of his Outcast series was published recently.

The 16-year Boylston resident has three Outcast books: “The Lies of Autumn,” “The Darkest Forests” and the newest, “Whispers of Spring.”

“The Outcasts series is fantasy with a twist,” he explained. “I asked myself, ‘What if a group of different characters thought they were on some tired old quest to slay a Dark Lord, only to discover they’ve been manipulated and something else entirely is going on.’ The tagline for Book III: ‘“Whispers of Spring,’ is: ‘One cannot become a dragon to slay a dragon.’ The characters have to ask themselves what they are truly willing to do to achieve their goal, or as one character asks: ‘What if you received everything you want, only to discover that it will cost you everything you need?’ ”

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How to Create a Residual Income Stream Selling EBooks

The publishing world is in a state of flux. In the past, it was necessary for aspiring authors to go through an established publishing house. Self-publishing was for people who couldn’t get a book deal. This, however, is no longer the case. With the rise of ebooks and simple self-publishing tools, many people are taking their work into their own hands—selling ebooks directly to their followers.

Here are some tips for how to create residual income by selling ebooks.

Don’t Try to Fake What You Know

Before you write or sell an ebook, you need to come up with a topic. This can be just about anything—as long as there’s some audience that’s interested in the field. You might be tempted to try selling ebooks based purely on market research. While it’s important to determine demand before you spend time writing a full ebook, it’s a mistake to base your focus purely on popularity.

You likely aren’t going to be the only person writing an ebook about a certain thing or idea—especially if it’s something with a larger community. If your ebook is of lower quality than others out there, it will just cost you legitimacy and a whole lot of your time. This is why it’s important for people selling ebooks to choose a topic about which they have at least a working knowledge. You can—and should—do additional research to better your understanding of a subject when writing your ebook.

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Feathered Quill Book Awards Announces Winners

Started in 2008 by a small group of dedicated, enthusiastic reviewers, Feathered Quill has become one of the preeminent online review sites. In the summer of 2013, it opened submissions for the first annual book award program, and since that time, the award program has grown substantially. This year, the number of award nominations increased by more than 20%, with nominations coming from all types of publishers including the one book self-publisher all the way up to the major New York houses.

When submissions closed on December 15, 2017, the judges had the daunting task of reading a huge number of excellent books and trying to decide the best of the best. Every book was read, every book was judged, and often it was a mere point or two that separated the winners from the “almost won” books. New this year were “Judges’ Comments” which were provided for all entrants – an excellent way for winners to get promotional quotes for marketing as well as a way for all authors to get feedback on their books.

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‘The ebook is a stupid product: no creativity, no enhancement,’ says the Hachette Group CEO

With over 17,000 new titles each year and sales of $2,826 million in 2016, the Hachette Livre Group of companies comfortably sits among the Big Five English language publishers, alongside Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and MacMillan Publishers. Headquartered in France, its authors include John Grisham, Enid Blyton, James Patterson, Robert Ludlum and Stephen King. While its India subsidiary just completed 10 years of operations in India, the parent company has been in business for almost two centuries. Supported by an ambitious global acquisition plan, the publishing behemoth has a presence in all forms of trade (non-academic) publishing. The Chairman and CEO of the Hachette Live Group since 2003, Arnaud Nourry, was in India recently to celebrate a decade of Hachette India and spoke to Scroll.in about their strategy and the future of publishing. Excerpts from the interview:

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