A Prescription for Self-Published Textbooks

A field of study like medical informatics is in constant flux.  Indeed, technology and healthcare have become so intimate and entwined, they are almost inseparable.  Conveying that dynamic relationship to students demands textbooks and other instructional materials...

Hybrid Publishers Dos and Don’ts

The lines have blurred recently in publishing, and the consequences for authors are considerable. Blurring lines means the freedom to move beyond once heavily-constricted roles: authors today also act as publishers and distributors of their works. Blurring lines can...

Rise of the Hybrid Author

The first wave of independent publishing in the digital age promised a golden age of reading and writing. Many caught up in the excitement were swift to proclaim the demise of traditional publishing models. What we see in 2015 is a world that has found room for both...

IBPA Pub-U Is On A Mission

Once upon a time, authors and publishers, along with readers and booksellers, knew their separate places in the book world and they stuck to them.  The distribution of power was uneven, maybe even unfair, but the pecking order seemed to make sense. Once upon a time is...

Hey, Author: You’re Promoted to CEO

As the independent publishing boom swells further, more authors are seizing the opportunity to take control of their writing careers. And while that move may offer potential for greater financial reward and even greater personal satisfaction, it means more work, too....

Indie Authors Unite

Around the world, book publishing is undergoing transformation – and the change is not only to business models and technologies, but also to human lives. Consider the example of Irish-born, London-dwelling author Orna Ross. She felt the experience of self-publishing...

Self-Published Authors: Amateurs or Professionals?

For everyone from romance writers to cookbook creators, self-publishing today is easier and more affordable than ever. Certainly, the book-reading public has embraced “the selfie,” and along the way, they’ve made bestselling authors of writers who’ve boldly chosen to...

When Authors Need Critics

Print remains black and white. But the world of publishing is suddenly every color of the rainbow – a rainbow that’s followed on the thunderstorm of independent publishing. The  explosion in the number of book titles often frustrates authors and readers alike, who are...