Source: Cosmo.ph. Published December 2016.
"There are certain things that apply no matter what industry you find yourself in. We came up with 17 non-negotiables you need to master, whether you're a fresh grad or already a girl boss. Time to take down notes!"
Source: LA Review of Books. Published November 2016.
IN MID-OCTOBER, the Nobel Committee for Literature awarded the Nobel Prize to Bob Dylan, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” The announcement came shortly after the most recent Annual Arts Basic Survey (AABS) by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released data that found adults in the United States read less literature for pleasure. The survey said that adult Americans who report reading literature has fallen to 43.1 percent in 2015. The NEA defines literature as poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. Reading can be text or graphics (graphic novels), online or in print.
Source: Medium. Published October 2016.
Passion is real, even if it means giving up some sleep, and staying in some Friday nights to work. When you find your thing, it’s surprisingly easy to hold on to. You figure out what to let go and you get the important things done. And for me, that means dinosaurs, and spreading scientific knowledge and engaging in a wonderfully creative, positive community.
Source: Shotgun Software Blog. Published October 2016.
Shotgun has amazing clients all over the world creating beautiful media. I recently got to speak with project manager Ken Vandecappelle and associate producer Iris Delafortry from Cyborn about how they use Shotgun. Cyborn is a film producer and 3D animation and motion capture studio based in Antwerp, Belgium.
Source: Shotgun Software Blog. Published September 2016.
One of the best parts of working on the Street Team is getting into the nitty and gritty of Shotgun every day. We know all the best tips and tricks to help you simplify your workflow, and add a little fun and flair. So without further ado, here’s a list of Street’s top 5 favorite features in Shotgun.
Source: Digital Book World. Published January 2016.
Today’s readers and book buyers are savvy. Ads are not enough to get a potential customer’s attention, and being bombarded daily with emails, texts, posts, tweets, shares, images and videos makes it incredibly easy, and more likely, for people to ignore ads.
Source: EPUBZone. Published January 2015.
Indie authors have a lot of options when it comes to deciding where to distribute and sell their ebooks. Although indie authors cannot currently sell enhanced ebooks on any major platforms, they do have the option to put their books up for sale before their release date, at least on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble (via Smashwords).
Source: IndieReader. Published April 2014.
Forever Falling Sideways is a large, 72 page zine about mental health comprised of personal stories, poetry, interviews, art, and tips for taking care of yourself. It can be found on Etsy for $5. Interestingly, many of the tips involved writing or other creative outlets, such as making music and producing art.
Source: Children's Writer. Published February 2014.
Ebooks are now mainstream, and as more readers use tablets and e-readers, subscription services have become popular. In the children’s book world, startups and well-established companies alike are offering ebooks to parents and children in new and interesting ways. For the children’s writer, this means more opportunities to publish work or get noticed by a new audience.
Writing for Subscription Services
Many subscription platforms work with existing publishers to distribute ebooks. But some companies, such as Propell and PlayTales, work with freelance writers to create original content for their apps.
CEO of the Norwegian subscription app Propell Per Harald Borgen says his company works with a few writers regularly, and are open to working with new writers.
Source: IndieReader. Published November 2013.
Remember the 90s? Boy bands, baggy jeans, real telephones, and the explosion of zines? Before the Internet became mainstream, zines were popular. These independent, often hand-made publications, cover all topics ranging from music to politics to personal life, and everything in between.
What Makes a Zine a Zine?
Zines don’t have a clear-cut definition, and the answer varies depending on who you ask.
Source: Writer Unboxed. Published September 2013.
Hugh Howey, author of Wool, has sold at least a million and a half books.
You hear about it more and more frequently these days. A successful indie author creates a bestseller and is able to quit his day job to pursue his lifelong dream of writing. But how does an author get to that point? For Howey, it was a combination of strong storytelling—Wool went viral and sold 1,000 copies per month before he even started actively marketing it—and innovative, subtle marketing.
Unlike some indie authors I’ve talked to who have had successful marketing campaigns using social media and reaching out to new readers, Howey has a slightly different approach: he only contacts existing readers.
“I try not to at any time tell new people to check out my work,” Howey said. “I spend all my time interacting with existing readers. And I find that to be much more effective because the only way you’re going to have any kind of viral growth is with readers telling other readers about the work.”
Source: IndieReader. Published September 2013.
With digital technologies, readers have an abundance of options: novels, articles, novellas, short stories, long form journalism, and more. But what about lesser-known forms of literature? “Chapbooks are smaller, published in limited quantities, and often include hand-made qualities such as letterpress, hand stitching, or silk-screening.”
Chapbooks have been around since medieval times, when European salesmen, or chapmen, moved from town to town selling goods and eventually books.
With few exceptions, major news publications do not review indie books, even though more than 235,000 titles were self-published as of 2011. This lack of coverage in traditional media outlets, however, has not stopped indies from their rise. To the contrary, according to a recent New York Times article, “Self-published titles made up roughly one-quarter of the top-selling books on Amazon last year.” In May 2013 alone, according to Digital Book World, at least ten self-published books were best sellers, including The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken, Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines, Real by Katy Evans and Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1–5) by Hugh Howey. Even after an indie title has reached bestselling status—and sometimes the imprimatur from a traditional publisher—reviews from a bonafide news outlet can be few and far between. To fill the gap left by traditional critics, book blogs have become reliable resources for thousands of people looking for up-and-coming indie titles.
Source: IndieReader. Published April 2013.
Romance has always been a popular genre. But recently, it seems that more and more romance novels written by women have been gaining mainstream recognition. Between four and six romance novels written by women have made it to the top 10 New York Timesbestseller lists for e-book fiction and combined print and e-book fiction every week during this past February, including Someone to Love by Addison Moore.
Indie publishing is a growing trend. According to Bowker Books in Print and Bowker Identifier Services, over 235,000 print and ebooks have been self-published as of 2011.
What’s even more interesting is that many traditionally published authors are also going indie, all for a variety of reasons—some because they were unhappy with their publishers’ marketing efforts, others because their publishers no longer wanted to publish their books. But after talking to six traditionally published authors who have since turned to self-publishing, it became clear they all had one common motive for making the switch: they wanted control.
Source: Noozhawk. Published 2008.
After years of anticipation, a modest groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday afternoon will mark the beginning of a $53 million project to widen a portion of Highway 101 between Santa Barbara and Montecito. The four-year undertaking will mean short-term pain for commuters and commerce but will result in the long-term gain of smoother traffic flow [...]
Source: IndieReader. Published January 2014.
After getting a crash course in the world of zines, I ended up delving deeper and sent away for a few of my own. As an e-book developer and someone who made the switch to mostly digital reading a few years back, I forgot how great it feels to actually get something in the mail.