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Yearly Archives: 2013

Publishers Take Note

Increasingly, it’s clear that self-publishing is going to be highly disruptive to almost every sector of publishing, in a healthy way. A large but unknown portion of traditional publishing will shift to self-publishing (some say all – I doubt this for reasons I’ll get to in future posts). In the process publishers will be forced to reexamine their value proposition, …

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So Why Is Profit Sharing So Rare?

In my previous post I made the argument that profit-sharing is a better way to pay authors than traditional arrangements. Is so, why is it so rare?

In fact, two famous experiments in profit-sharing were notable failures.  Harper Studio, launched by the legendary Bob Miller, lasted two years before shuttering its doors.  More recently, …

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The Case for Profit Sharing

In all the debates over appropriate ebook rates, there is an answer that rarely comes up: profit-sharing. I’m talking about profit-sharing, not just for ebooks, but across the board.

While the majority of our deals are still traditional, we’ve been increasingly doing profit-sharing deals. I’ve become increasingly convinced that profit-sharing can be a much better way for authors and publishers to do business, …

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Meet William Gladstone, author of The Power of Twelve

Part science-fiction, part philosophical exploration, The Power of Twelve is William Gladstone’s sequel to his bestselling book The Twelve. The story follows Arnold Wheeler, The Grand Light and Keeper of the Code of the Illuminati, on a roller coaster adventure that features George W. Bush, alternate earths, and the real meaning of the upcoming 26,000-year Mayan cycle. …

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This Made My Day

Do yourself a favor and read this marvelous interview with Andrew Wylie. This is one of the funniest interviews I’ve ever read, and an important contrarian perspective on our industry. Enjoy!

The interview


Poison Candy: Dalia Dippolito on video

In the upcoming book Poison Candy, case prosecutor Elizabeth Parker teams with bestselling crime writer Mark Ebner take you behind and beyond the courtroom scenes with astonishing never-before-revealed facts, whipsaw plot twists, and exclusive photos and details far too lurid for the trial that led to 20 years in state prison for Dalia Dippolito. …

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Announcing: Welcome to My Jungle

As Axl Rose’s personal manager during Guns N’ Roses’ ridiculously long Use Your Illusion tour, Craig Duswalt experienced things that would make most people run the other way and never look back. The tour went on nonstop from 1991 to 1993 and was the final tour for the band’s original lineup. …

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Announcing: The Grassroots Health Care Revolution

John Torinus Jr., chairman of Serigraph Inc., a global manufacturing company with about 500 employees in the states, has made his company an incubator for innovations that add up to new business model for health care.

His first book, The Company That Solved Health Care, was an eye-opening look at his company’s game-changing best elliptical trainer and health care program. …

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Announcing: It’s All Greek to Me

When Debbie Matenopoulos started her television career in New York on The View, she began eating a standard American diet – a switch from her family’s traditional Greek cuisine. Despite carefully limiting how much she ate, she found herself gaining weight and losing energy. Debbie moved on to anchor and special correspondent positions at E! …

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Announcing: Strange Beautiful Music

For three decades, Joe Satriani, the biggest selling rock instrumental guitarist in the Soundscan era, has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. His studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, and of his many solo albums, …

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