Self-published authors get another break this week as VAT taxes are dropped from eBooks in most countries.
The dropping of taxes will allow cheaper prices and revenue for authors. This may also influence readers to move more toward eBooks, which could, in turn, benefit self-published authors. How else will this impact self-publishing?
Where’s The Money
In the publishing blogosphere this week…
The New Publishing Standard (TNPS) keeps an eye on the global news of publishing. Sometimes we forget that there is a whole world out there in publishing not just the UK or the US. This week they highlighted that many EU countries are dropping the high VAT taxes on ebooks. Good news for authors and readers. However, there is always a holdout. (Quick, guess who?)
TNPS also reports that Big Bad Wolf has set up their tenth market in South Korea with 2 million English language books in an 11-day sale. (If you haven’t caught up with BBW they sell remaindered books from publishers, often reported as pulped.)
A bookstore owner in New York wrote a plaintive open letter to the New York City Hall asking for assistance to stay in business. It is in the cities best interests to have bookstores because of the value to the community... therefore the city should subsidise them? Agree? Disagree?
Meanwhile, over in the UK, the Guardian reports that print sales are down…but Audio Books are a runaway success. Of course, publishers are ready and able to take advantage of the new surge in the popularity of audio. (cue contract rights grabs…)
Anne R Allen has been blogging for ten years. Yes, it was a surprise to me too. Her fabulous blog is always a must read. She shares her ten takeaways over ten years.
Colleen Story has an interesting blog. Recently she took a look at imposter syndrome. Do you feel you are a real writer?
I’m a regular listener of podcasts, Rose Ernst has rounded up the 29 best Indie publishing episodes of all time. All my favourite podcasts are in there and a few new ones I must check out. *Waves to the SPA girls- NZ’s popular publishing podcast who made the list!*
Kris Rusch continues her series of blog posts examining all the opportunities for authors at the recent licensing expo. This blog post is a must-read for authors. Please read it and think about the implications. I remember many years ago hearing a romance writer explain to me that she was in the entertainment industry. This blog post absolutely explains how writers have never understood what assets they actually have.
Kathleen McCleary often bases her characters on real people. Many writers shy away from doing this. Kathleen shares how you can do this successfully with her blog post- Be Careful or You’ll End Up In My Novel.
In The Craft Section,
The most common mistakes– Nathan Bransford
Six mistakes that can kill a plot-Mythcreants- Bookmark
What does plot reveal character mean? Jami Gold Bookmark
Briefing your beta readers
Writing characters with personality- Writer Unboxed
Subplots – Scott Myers – Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
5 ways to increase sales with Instagram
How to conquer Linkedin– Frances Caballo
Author websites with stellar designs– Bookbub- Bookmark for ideas!
How I helped this author grow her platform from scratch– Dan Blank
Bookmarketing- nonstore events– Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark
The Creative Penn is always a resource of interesting ideas. Lately, Joanna has been turning her blog over to some great guest posters. This weeks guest post is all about creative writing tools… and no it is not the fancy pen.
Another must-look-at tool is the Beginners guide to Indie jargon for Book Marketing. This is not just a glossary but is a fabulous link list to the best articles explaining what each jargon term means. If you have always wondered what a CTA is…