Hell on Earth: the European drought of 1540

Cora Buhlert tweeted a link to a very interesting article in the German magazine Spiegel Online. The article is in German, but I found an English article about the German article, with some of its own conclusions. This is not a translation, rather a commentary. Unlike the English article, I’m…

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Selling Books At Conventions

I’ve been selling books at conventions as bookseller on and off for many years. In the pre-ebook age, this meant lugging heavy books around, sending them via mail to a distant convention, and even finagling them, like 100kg worth, onto commercial flights without paying for freight. I’ve flown internationally with…

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Self-publishing: Six Hangups To Forget About

Having a career in self-publishing requires a certain mindset. Here are six things ways you could be wasting your time: 1. Print books Sure, it’s awesome to see your books in print. So you offer them for sale via CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Lulu or whatever. Yes, do order a couple…

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Should I Self-publish, the 2016 Edition

I’ve made two posts with the title Should I self-publish? before, a few years ago. The focus of the first post was shooting yourself in the foot with the publishing industry which, once upon a time declared you persona-non-grata if you self-published a single thing. Remember that time? Ridiculous! The…

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Why don’t my books sell?

“Why don’t my books sell?” I get asked this question a bit, so I’m making a post about it, so that I can easily refer to it. Remember that I don’t have all the answers either, and there are people who sell a lot more than I do. How to…

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Does my self-published book need an ISBN?

The question of ISBNs in self-publishing comes up a bit. Traditionalists are adamant that an ISBN is “essential” and that it make you look “professional”. I have to admit to being a bit allergic to that latter word: “professional”. It’s a word that’s making a beeline for my list of…

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Before You Even Start Self-Publishing

Yesterday I had the pleasure to be invited by the New South Wales Writers’ Centre as a panelist for the DIY Digital weekend. In the audience were people who were interested in self-publishing and who were taking part in this event to learn the ropes. It was a good time,…

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