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    App Zine Machine, An Easy Way for Indie Authors to Publish Magazine Apps

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    When it comes to digital publishing, indie authors have endless options. In addition to ebooks, authors can produce blogs, podcasts, and even digital magazine apps. One new platform that makes it easy for users to publish magazines is App Zine Machine. Created by App Clover, LLC, a resource in the mobile app market, App Zine Machine launched after 21 months […]

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    Routes to Becoming a Hybrid Author: Submission Guidelines, Literary Agents, Crowdsourcing, and Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    There’s a term that’s been floating around the publishing industry for a while now: hybrid authors. It refers to authors who have been both traditionally published and who have self-published, and generally, these are the most successful authors. I not-so-secretly aspire to be a hybrid author, partly because I’m familiar with the industry and have great […]

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    A List of Writing and Publishing Conferences

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Electronic Bindery wrote that self publishing needs a Sundance. But until then, there are many conferences that substitute it. Conferences are a great way to meet people in the writing and publishing industry, and to learn about new trends and techniques. Here is a list of conferences happening this year. Most of these are annual, […]

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    Books in Browsers 2013

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks
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    I went to my second Books in Browsers last week (see last year’s recap day 1 and recap day 2), and was not disappointed! For those who many not know, Books in Browsers is “a small summit for the new generation of internet publishing companies, focusing on developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online storytelling, expression, and art.” […]

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    How One Successful Indie Author Marketed His Work Up the Bestseller Lists

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a huge fan of Hugh Howey. A while back, I had the pleasure of interviewing him, and I found out some of his amazing, and fairly unique, marketing and indie publishing strategies. You can read it here, on Writer Unboxed. I look forward to reading any and all comments!

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    PubWest 2013 Conference

    by Sabrina Ricci Future

    I don’t normally post press releases but this conference sounds really cool. It’s the PubWest Conference 2013 and this year’s theme is The Innovative Publisher. Held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from Nov. 7-9, the conference will have keynotes by Steven Piersanti, president of Berrett-Koehler Publishers; Jen Bilik, owner and founder of Knock Knock Stuff; Nadine Vassallo, project manager, […]

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    Turning Your Blog into an E-Book

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion
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      I like to experiment, and recently I decided to try turning my blog into an e-book. Or more specifically, uploading my blog to Kindle as a subscription service. There are many ways to turn a blog into an e-book, and in the future I may play around with some of them. But for now, the […]

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    Book Country’s Public Launch

    by Sabrina Ricci Self-Publishing
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    I’ve blogged about Book Country before, when they first launched and were in beta. But recently the site got a make-over, and now it looks slicker and has a few more features. First, the website now has better navigation. Once you log in, all the main features of the site are easy to find: read and […]

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    Writers, Readers, Publishers: Present Tense, Future Bold #3

    by Sabrina Ricci Marketing

    Last night’s meeting was actually more like the 15th meeting, but I don’t often get the chance to attend anymore, so this is only my third post about the group. The speaker was Jeffrey Sussman, president of Jeffrey Sussman, Inc., a marketing public relations firm in New York City.  The email I received about the […]

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    Bundling E-Books

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks
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    The concept of bundling books is not new. Many trilogies or series are bundled and sold as packages. But, bundling e-books is fairly new. Humble Bundle was the first one to do it, as far as I know, and they started with a package that offered books from Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, and more. The interesting […]

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    Publishing as a Function

    by Sabrina Ricci Future

    Mike Shatzkin wrote an interesting post about how, ten years from now, people in publishing might not be working in publishing-specific companies. Instead, other companies may branch out to include publishing books as one of their strategies. And so publishing may become like an accounting job, where every company has publishing employees and theoretically you could […]

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    What Do Authors Want?

    by Sabrina Ricci Future
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    Digital Book World hosted a webinar a while back, called “What Authors Want.” The webinar was meant to promote DBW’s survey of 5,000 authors. The survey was submitted to the Writer’s Digest community (whose writers tend to be female and over 35, and write fiction), as well as SFWA (mostly male fiction writers), Romance Writers of America (mostly female writers), and […]

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    More Resources for Digital Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    I’ve extended my blog to include a large, hopefully helpful, list of resources that cover all aspects of digital publishing: agents, analytics, apps, associations, blogging, coding, contests/awards, design, distribution, ebooks, editing, entrepreneurial, funding, internships, jobs, legal, magazines, marketing, metadata, news, reading, reviews, self-publishing, startups, trends, video, webinars, and writing. (If I’ve missed anything, please let me […]

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    Treasures of The Morgan Library & Museum

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
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    Last weekend, I finally visited The Morgan Library & Museum, which houses J.P. Morgan’s collection of art and books. The special exhibit currently on display celebrates the 100th anniversary of Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Proust. Interestingly, Proust self-published his book in 1913 (with the help of a backer).

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    Dealing With Negative Reviews

    by Sabrina Ricci Marketing

    Last summer, I dealt with my very first negative review. It was for the first book of my publishing company, a collection of flash fiction, and I had given the book away for free on LibraryThing in hopes of getting more reviews. Now, even though this was not my book in the sense that I […]

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    How Readers Discover New Books

    by Sabrina Ricci Marketing

    A while back I attended an interesting webcast hosted by Digital Book World, titled “How Social Networks and New Media Are Changing the Ways Readers Discover New Books.” One thing I’ve learned from past webinars is that social media doesn’t really affect book sales. And according to the webcast, publishers only impact 7% of overall […]

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    The Evolution of eBooks

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks

    What will ebooks look like in the future? Every new medium has growing pains. At first, the structure tends to mimic whatever is familiar, but over time it expands in to new territory.

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    Blogs Worth Reading

    by Sabrina Ricci Editing

    Below is a list of blogs that may come in handy. They cover grammar, writing, ebooks, and publishing. I’ve also included a few of my friends’ blogs. Some of them are informative, some are quirky, and all are worth looking at. Thoughts on Pages An EPublisher Confesses Cheapass Fiction Engrish Funny Shelf-Awareness Writers Village University Writers Write

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    Penguin Becomes First Big-6 Publisher to Disrupt the Book Business Model

    by Sabrina Ricci Future
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    Pearson, the parent company of Penguin Group, acquired Author Solutions, a self-publishing platform, for $116 million. This makes Penguin the first of the big-6 publishing companies to provide full services, including editorial, marketing, and design, to self-published authors. Penguin will also be the first big publisher to start learning about customer acquisition and data analytics. 

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