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Mark Coker on the Downfall of Big Publishing

This week, Mark Coker posted a new entry to the Smashwords blog detailing the rise of self-publishing and discussing the broken model upon which big publishing is built. From the article:

If authors – the beating heart powering Big Publishing – lose faith in Big Publishing, then big publishing as we know it will die.

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An Author Interview: Zoe Winters

Zoe Who?

A few years ago I took some time off from writing and publishing. When I returned to the scene in early 2009, I found the landscape had changed. Self-publishing was more accepted. The stigma was starting to wear thin.…

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Indie Ebook Publishing: Pros and Cons

Is e-publishing right for you? Do you have what it takes to be an indie ebook author? Or would you be better off staying on the road to traditional publication?

I know a lot of authors are asking these questions today, especially with all the hype created by some indie ebook authors doing very well for themselves.…

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Waiting For Spring: An Interview with R.J. Keller

This past summer I started writing a monthly feature called “Word Machines,” in which I would feature a fellow unknown writer and their work with my network of readers. When the opportunity arose to take over editorial duties for this site, I mentioned to Henry that I’d like to shift the Word Machines feature over here as well.…

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Social Media Won’t Sell Your Books

Many social media gurus will tell you a Twitter feed can cure cancer. Maybe I’m uninformed and this is true – I can’t be sure.

One thing I do know is that social media sites were not created to sell books simply via their existence.…

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