That’s right: free. It used to cost $25, but now it’s free. In fact, I heard a rumour that anyone who paid the $25 might actually be reimburse for their trouble. But I can’t find this information online, so perhaps…you’ll have to wait and see.
When anyone publishes their book through CreateSpace, a Print on Demand company owned by Amazon, they have the option of getting their books into stores other than Amazon. This is not the brick and mortar store but the online catalogue of these stores.
In other words, if someone wants your book, they can search the online catalogues of Chapters/Indigo or Barnes & Noble and order it. There’s other book stores as well, but those are the two I’m most familiar with.
Posted by Diane Tibert on November 21, 2013
This is the first installment of a two-part series in which I explore the business models and potential impact of ebook subscription services.
In recent months, we’ve witnessed the launch of two high-profile ebook subscription services – Oyster and Scribd. Both aim to do for ebooks what Spotify did for music and what Netflix did for film and television entertainment.
They’ll provide readers access to an all-your-eyeballs-can-eat smorgasbord cornucopia of thousands of ebooks for a subscription fee ranging from only $8.99 per month (Scribd) to $9.95 per month (Oyster).
When talk of ebook subscription services surfaced in months past, there was much hand-wringing in the publishing community that such services would devalue books and harm publishers and authors.
Yet as the launches of Oyster and Scribd indicate, some (but not all) of those skeptics were silenced once they learned the publisher-friendly nature of the compensation models. Several small publishers and one Big 5 publisher – HarperCollins – signed on to work with both Scribd and Oyster. Smashwords announced an agreement with Oyster last month. We’re now in the process of shipping over 200,000 ebooks to them as I write.
….to continue reading visit Smashwords Blog.
Posted by Diane Tibert on November 3, 2013
I just received this message from Kobo. It sounds as though they have quarantined every title to ensure nothing that violates their content policies is published through their outlet.
Here’s what the email said:
To our Kobo Writing Life and self-publishing partners:
As you may be aware, there has been a significant amount of negative media attention in the UK regarding offensive material that became available across a number of eBook platforms. Kobo was included in the reports from media and we are taking immediate action to resolve an issue that is the direct result of a select few authors and publishers violating Kobo’s content policies.
Posted by Diane Tibert on October 14, 2013
In my last post I answered the question “How much does it cost to self-publish a book?” My answer ranged from $0 to thousands of dollars.
The question that usually follows this answer is: How can I self-publish my book at rock bottom prices?
The answer is: long hours of work
This is quickly followed by: “Who gets to do all that work?”
The answer is: the author
Honestly, if you don’t want to pay someone to format your book, then learn how to do it yourself. It’s not rocket science. If you don’t want to pay your editor double the fee, learn how to edit your work, so when they get the manuscript they don’t spend hours correcting punctuation, capitalisation and basic grammar. If you don’t want to pay someone to upload your eBooks to distributors, then learn the ropes.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 19, 2013
Back in 1998 when my first article was published in a magazine, I knew very little about book publishing. I believed there to be only two forms: publishers’ publishing (what is today known as traditional publishing) and vanity publishing. I realise now that self-publishers did exist back then, but I was a greenhorn and had limited knowledge.
Fast forward fifteen years and I can identify four ways a writer (or a book) can be published. Below are my definitions of these four methods according to what I’ve learned in the past decade and a half.
A traditionally published author is one who submitted their manuscript to a publishing company and was accepted. The company assumes all financial responsibility for the publication of the book. This means the writer pays nothing, not a penny to see their work in print.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 9, 2013
One wonderful feature of WordPress is the ability to see which blog post is the most popular. In other words, gets the most views. After two and a half years of blogging, there’s one post that stands mountains above the rest. In fact every day I get several visitors searching out this particular post.
The most popular post of all time is no surprise to me. People hate to part with money and this post is all about money; or should I say saving it.
Posted by Diane Tibert on August 29, 2013
An article appeared in the Opinion section of the Chronicle Herald yesterday (August 21, 2013) called Demystifying Publishing Industry. It was written by Terrilee Bulgar and discusses the publishing industry in Atlantic Canada.
Members of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association (APMA) would like to clarify misperceptions that might arise from a recent news story about a Nova Scotia company named Bryler Publications (“Writers’ Cramp: Chester publisher says relationship with a major bookseller has driven her into bankruptcy,” July 15).
On behalf of the 28 members of the APMA, I am responding to the article above out of concern for a number of statements attributed to Bryler founder Cynthia McMurray, and in the interest of informing writers and consumers that the situation she described is not entirely accurate.
The (failed) business model pursued by Cynthia McMurray and Bryler Publications is not “publishing” per se, but a form of self-publishing, wherein authors pay to have their books packed, printed, and in some cases, made available in the supply chain, which links them to conventional and online bookstores.
…the rest of the article can be read here: Demystifying Publishing Industry.
Because this is Just the Facts Reporting, no comments will be approved for this post. I appreciate the comments, however, I am being held responsible for them. The harsh comments in previous posts have led to legal action against me, so to prevent further trouble, all JtFR will remain just that with no comments. Thank you for understanding.
Posted by Diane Tibert on August 22, 2013
Just the Facts Reporting
On August 7, 2013, the registered company name Bryler Publications Inc. was revoked for non-payment.
Fact available at Registry of Joint Stock Companies.
Posted by Diane Tibert on August 9, 2013
Each weekend Gene treats us to a smorgasbord of writing resources. This Saturday is no exception.
Gene Lempp – Writing Resources 22 June 2013 includes blog posts by Jenny Hansen, Kristen Lamb, Victoria Strauss, Dean Wesley Smith, Susan Hawk and several others. Take a visit. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
My rooster agrees: you should visit Gene.
Posted by Diane Tibert on June 22, 2013
Occasionally when doing business in Nova Scotia, things don’t always go as planned. The company hired to do a job may not fulfil their obligations, and they leave the customer less than satisfied. Of course, when this happens we could always bitch to our friend or the guy sitting next to us at the bar, but if we honestly feel a company has wronged us, there is always the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
But what is the BBB, and what does it do?
From their website: The BBB is a non- profit, independent organization devoted to helping businesses serve their customers. We receive 60,000+ inquiries per year, 80% representing pre-purchase inquiries. The BBB influences $30 millions in purchase inquires per year. Most importantly, we serve as a resource for consumer topics and issue anti-fraud warnings.
Posted by Diane Tibert on June 17, 2013
I spoke with a relative who has been in business for himself for the past few decades. He’s seen companies come and go, and come back again. He’s seen companies that owed his company money go out of business, leaving him wondering how he would get paid for the services and products he provided.
As a person owed money by a company that goes out of business, sometimes we’re left in the dark, wondering the exact same thing: can I get the money owed to me, and if so, how do I get it?
My relative told me that getting paid isn’t automatic. Well, it is if you’re dealing with an honourable, honest company that values its reputation. When a reliable company goes out of business, all their debts are paid in full without hassle. They not only respect themselves and the laws, but their former service and product providers.
Posted by Diane Tibert on June 11, 2013
…like pixie dust in a magic cloud.
Posted by Diane Tibert on May 27, 2013
As many might know, I’m a garden fanatic. I’ve been gardening for decades, and my favourite job of all time was working at a large garden centre. If I ever get the chance to work in a place like that again or in a green house, I’ll skip all the way there.
I also enjoy history, genealogy, books, raising animals to generate my own food, baking, cooking, the outdoors and being self-sufficient.
With all these interests, there’s no surprise I need an outlet for it…so Maritime Homesteader Journal was born. The inspiration to create the mini magazine comes from the many searches I’ve done over the years to find information. Many times it was easy to find, but other times, it was like looking for that proverbial needle in the hay stack. Knowing hay like I do, I understand the comparison.
Posted by Diane Tibert on April 8, 2013
Not so long ago, I scoured publisher’s websites for guidelines to see what they were looking for in a book. I kept all the advice in mind as I wrote. Were they looking for young adult stories about specific sports? Did they need books for teenaged girls who battled with self-image? Or books geared towards reluctant readers? What about the adults? Were they reading more romance or mystery or western?
Many publishers dictated structure. Books need to be between this word count and that. They couldn’t contain content about this or the other thing, and definitely no rhyming books for kids. Many times I felt confined by these regulations, that I couldn’t write the story I really wanted to tell.
Posted by Diane Tibert on November 6, 2012
Miss Tuttle’s Lemon Tarts is a short story. It’s just over 6,600 words long. If it had taken me a few weeks to write or even a few months, it would seem only natural. Except it didn’t take me a few weeks or a few months or a few years. It took me about six years. That’s 1,100 words a year.
That’s slow writing.
But each journey starts with the first footfall, right? And each story begins with the first word.
Miss Tuttle and Rita began their journey over a sack of potatoes. It wasn’t Rita’s intentions to help or stick around afterwards, but she did.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 29, 2012
I had a busy yesterday. It started early. Shower, eat, kids fed, animals fed and watered, flooding from heavy overnight rain dealt with and I was out the door, headed for downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The forty-five minute drive gave me plenty of time to wonder about where I might park. It had been a while since I had taken the Dartmouth ferry across the harbour to Halifax, and I wasn’t sure if I could still park in its lot or if it cost anything to do so.
I was lucky on both accounts: I could park in the same lot I used to leave my old truck while I caught the ferry to hockey games and concerts many years ago, and parking was free on Sunday (yeah!).
The cost for one adult to cross on the ferry one way is $2.25.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 24, 2012
Today is the last day of my Short Story Summer Sale. Throughout the months of July and August Mutated Blood Lines and Dancing in the Shine have been free to download at Smashwords.
To download the short stories before they return to their price of 99 cents at midnight tonight, visit my author page on Smashwords .
They are available in all ereader formats, including Kindle, Epub, Kobo and Apple.
Posted by Diane Tibert on August 30, 2012
The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing has a wonder post by Gemma Halliday about publishing on a budget. You can check it out here .
Posted by Diane Tibert on August 16, 2012
Over the past few months, I’ve been gathering pictures and ideas to create a book trailer for my fantasy novel, Shadows in the Stone. I’ve watched about two dozen trailers of various degrees of quality to get an idea of what others are doing. Even the poorest was interesting and held my attention, which meant they worked. The high quality trailers were elaborate with a cast, unique music and played like a movie trailer.
My hope is my trailer falls somewhere in the middle; it’s my first, and although I see a few things that need to be changed, I don’t have the experience to fix the problems…yet.
Posted by Diane Tibert on August 1, 2012