Archives: self publishing

Five of the biggest writing mistakes, from  Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula

May 17, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, self publishing, writing.

Mark Dawson is one of the most successful and prominent authors in the independent publishing world, and his Self Publishing Formula, which provides a vast amount of information and training on how to get into the business and stay there, has become a must-have resource. One part of the resource is a blog about independent • Read More »

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Self-publishing workshop at Blount County Public Library, Oct. 6, 2018

August 28, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, self publishing, writing.

My duties and responsibilities as writer-in-residence at the Blount County Public Library (Maryville, Tennessee) continue to evolve. On the first Saturday of October, I will be offering a half-day workshop on getting started with self-publishing. If you’re in the area and are interested in this topic, sign up here: http://www.blountlibrary.org/FormCenter/Public-Library-9/Introduction-to-SelfPublishing-OCTOBER-6-111 Here’s the description: Introduction to • Read More »

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What makes readers buy books?

August 23, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, self publishing, writers, writing.

Why do readers buy books? It’s an ancient question with no definitive answer, but fortunately folks keep searching for one. Maggie Lynch, author of numerous books and articles, has a roundup (Opinion: What Makes Readers Buy Books? | Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center) of some of the latest research on the Alliance of Independent Authors • Read More »

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Digital Reader blogger tries to get at the real facts about ebook sales

May 25, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, journalists, news, reporters, reporting, self publishing.

A lot of buzzing and scoffing these days in the world of independent publishing about the “fact” that ebook sales are down. Blogger Nate Hoffelder tries to set the facts — the real facts — about ebook sales straight. Source: Damn the Facts: The “Ebook Sales Are Down” Narrative Must be Maintained at All Costs • Read More »

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Author Gene Doucette offers a lucid account of the ‘collective insanity of the publishing industry’

March 2, 2016 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: self publishing.

Fantasy Author Gene Doucette has posted one of the clearest and most lucid account of the “collective insanity” of the publishing industry to date. (Source: The collective insanity of the publishing industry – Gene Doucette) Traditional publishers are desperately fighting to maintain an economic model that in the world of ebooks, digital access and independent • Read More »

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Self-published author: Why I’m Mad About the Self-Publishing Stigma

August 18, 2015 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, self publishing, writing.

The good sense — even the morality — of self-publishing is blindingly obvious to some of us. So, doesn’t everyone see it that way. We need to be reminded that, no, everyone doesn’t see it that way. Most the world, including a few intelligent souls, see it otherwise. Self-published author Liz Long has a good • Read More »

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The ‘Ultimate Guide to Self-Publishing’ pretty much is

August 15, 2015 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, self publishing.

This Bookbub bills itself as the “ultimate guide” for an author or publisher to the practical sites for self-publishing and book distribution, and it pretty much lives up to its name. Concise, organized and to the point. If you want to learn a lot and save a lot of time, read through this fairly carefully. • Read More »

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Can You Afford to Get Published? Well, yes

August 13, 2015 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, self publishing, writing.

The original post, Can You Afford to Get Published?, by Kate Flora appeared on the Maine Crime Writers website, but I am re-posting this from The Passive Voice because of the many insightful comments that it drew. Author Flora laments the fact that she makes so little money for all of her efforts at writing. • Read More »

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A straight-forward defense of self publishing

August 11, 2015 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, self publishing, writing.

Gene Doucette has a pretty straight-forward defense of self-publishing for those who think that getting a traditional publisher makes your work somehow “better.” Worth the read: The Self-Published Authors Standing On Your Lawn | G. Doucette For reasons I’ve never been entirely clear on, when the newspaper industry began its slow decline, the very best version of • Read More »

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Pronoun, a new way to self-publish — maybe

June 18, 2015 | By Jim Stovall | Comments Off on Pronoun, a new way to self-publish — maybe | Filed in: books, self publishing, writing.

Update: Lots more skepticism about Pronoun in the blogosphere. See the comments here at The Passive Voice. (Posted June 19, 2015) … Pronoun, a site and system that helps authors self publish, has announced a new manifesto — How to fix book publishing — and has raised $3.5 million in its efforts to do so. • Read More »

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Self-publish or go with an traditional publisher? Reasons for doing both

June 3, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home, self publishing.

Hybrid authors cite good reasons for self-publishing and for sticking with traditional publishers. I am one of those — a hybrid author who has used traditional publishers and self publishing — and the reasons others cite line up with my own,

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