Should I fear Piracy? Insights from the PWC report

When I started sending my drafts to agents and publishers, I could not fathom how someone would not want to steal my incredibly rich and amazing stories of dark epic fantasy/sci-fi.  If I could stamp every single page of my masterpiece with my copyright notice, my...

To DRM or not to DRM? Insights from the PWC report

When I used Amazon to publish Year 18: The Schism, the first book in my dark epic fantasy series, Pearseus, I was asked whether I wanted to use DRM for the book or not. I was also warned that I would be unable to change the setting in the future.  So, just what is...

Insights from PWC’s report: pricing your book

A few days ago I came across a fascinating report regarding the future of e-Books and e-Readers by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The analysis itself is somewhat dated (2010) but the survey gave some interesting pointers for us, self-published authors.  So I will be posting...

A Dastardly Kind of Book Piracy

I’ve already written about piracy. Twice, in fact: in Har! How to Deal with Book Piracy and in Should I fear Piracy? Insights from the PWC report. In both cases, I advised people to keep calm about it. There is a kind of piracy that ticks me off, though. That of...

Self-publishing Boom Lifts UK Book Sales by 79%

You may remember the Guardian from my recent Self-publishing: Revolutionary or Reactionary? post. On Friday, the newspaper posted a new post, titled Self-publishing boom lifts sales by 79% in a year.  Subtitled “18m titles bought by readers in 2013, to a value...

Self-publishing: Revolutionary or Reactionary?

Continuing my thoughts on Hachette vs. Amazon, I read a post on The Guardian’s blog, called “Self-publishing is not revolutionary, it’s reactionary.” As the title suggests, the main point the post makes is that, despite what people think, self-publishing is, in fact,...