I Just Can’t Get Enough of Hugh Howey’s Story! If you are an aspiring author, a lover of great fiction, or just get fired up by little-guy-works-hard-and-finally-makes-it-big-doing-it-his-own-way kinds of stories, then you have to love what’s happening in Hugh Howey’s life right now. I know I’ve been both inspired by it, and have learned things from his experience I know will help in my own career. But this video is a double win for us indie authors because Hugh gets interviewed by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch, the co-authors of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book.
In this episode, Keith Ogorek, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Author Solutions, sits down over Skype to chat with me about his experience in the world of indie publishing and what steps authors can take to maximize their chances for success. Keith not only has a top position at one of the firms leading the way with packaged services for authors choosing to self-publish, but he’s also published three of his own books, including his latest work, The Seven Secrets of Successful Self-Published Authors. This is part 1 of 3. Enjoy!
Yes, the iPad, the iBook App, and Apple’s iBookstore will have a big impact on the publishing industry. Yes, more ebooks, as well as books of all kinds, will be published, purchased and read because of the iPad. But what few folks are talking about is how wonderfully open Apple and the iPad are where it comes to free books.
Another giant step forward for authors! As an author, I’m excited whenever any author blazes the trail a bit more in the continuing journey of writers gaining more control and reward for their efforts. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on the nearly unheard of circumstance of self-published author Hugh Howey selling the print rights of his post-apocalyptic thriller, Wool, to Simon & Schuster for a ‘six figures’ sum. What makes this newsworthy is that Howey was able to retain the digital rights for himself, and that is HUGE. Watch the video for more details.
In this episode…we kick things off with a little skit poking fun at the slow motion (but accelerating) demise of traditional publishers, and chat about why right now is the most exciting time to be an author since Gutenberg invented the printing press. And in the middle of the video, I will make a bold prediction about how many new author millionaires will be created in the next five years.
Last Friday twenty first graders and six of their teachers where brutally shot to death in the one place where they all should have been safe…their school. The shooter walked into the school with three firearms including two handguns and an assault rifle. He strolled into a classroom full of first graders and massacre every child in site and every adult who tried to stop him. Then he killed himself. And that’s all I can take. Something fundamental in our society must change, and change now. And this is why . . . Read More