16 million reasons to get your book on the Kindle this year

If you’re an author and your book is not on the Kindle, this is a good year to get it there. Kindle guru Steve Windwalker cites a market analyst who predicts that 16 million Kindles will be sold this year. If you also count the Kindles that have been sold prior to this year, you’re …

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An eReader cheat sheet

It’s not easy keeping up with technology, as this Best Buy commercial humorously illustrates: [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZAAZ7iXN-o’]   Consider the eReader. If you’re in the market for one, you have to navigate a wide range of devices — from the Kindle to the Nook to the iPad. As publishers, we want our books to be available …

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Is YA fiction too dark?

We read with interest this Wall St. Journal article on young adult (YA) fiction about how (distressingly, for many parents) today’s YA fiction seems to be getting darker and darker. According to the selection in many bookstores, today’s avidly reading teens can find themselves “immersed in ugliness.” The part of the article that stands out …

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Amazon now sells more ebooks than print books

Amazon announced today that for every 100 print books it sells, it now sells 105 ebooks. In other words, the ebook “train” has left the station. There is no going back. As someone with a few thousand old-fashioned print books lining the walls of his house, the success of ebooks is bittersweet. The paperbacks sitting …

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Ask the Editor: Writing for publication

Q: Is it better to write something, then seek out appropriate publications, or seek out publications and then try to write what they’re looking for?  Or both? — Sean P. Farley, Escondido, California A: When it comes to poetry, essays, stories, and any sort of creative writing, I always say: Write what you want to write, …

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