The number of book reviews matter as much as the number of stars

I found this usability study very interesting and very relevant to writers. According to the study: The flipside of this is important to be mindful of: users won’t necessarily consider the product with the highest rating average the best-rated one. Indeed, during our 1:1 usability tests, the subjects often show greater disposition towards some products …

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State of the Press: August 2014

We send out periodic updates to our authors about what’s new at Ashland Creek Press, and because we have a lot going on this year, I wanted to share some of this news from our State of the Press Address. First of all, I want to share a few highlights from the past six months: JoeAnn Hart’s …

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How many books must one sell to become an Amazon bestseller?

I used to think that to become a bestselling author you needed to sell millions of books. And while millions of books will certainly get you on the bestselling list, it turns out you could sell far fewer copies and still make a bestseller list. How does 325 copies per day sound? According to analysis conducted by Publishers …

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Would you like an e-book to go with your print book?

I can’t say I’ve ever purchased both a print and digital version of the same book. But I’ve certainly heard from people who have — and have long yearned for the day when you could get digital and print books bundled together in a reasonably priced package. In October, for Amazon customers, this day will …

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Must-read blogs on publishing

These are interesting times in publishing. Writers are self-publishing. Even agents are publishing their clients’ books. Here are a few blogs that we follow at Ashland Creek Press: eBookNewser A great resource for current industry news. The Shatzkin Files Mike Shatzkin provides an insider’s view of an industry in chaos. From author royalties on e-books …

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