Viral Catalysts are the vital difference that can make a book a best seller and Smashwords founder Mark Coker has tried to pick out these catalysts in a major analysis of indie book sales data.
Sales figures are the big secret of self-publishing with plenty of estimates but no solid basis for working out how many ebooks are being sold by Amazon and the rest.
The future of book publishing lies with the independents, according to journalist and ebook writer and publisher Robert Niles.
Playwright David Mamet is the latest big-name writer to turn to self-publishing.
Transcribing hours of recorded interviews has always been a pain but galleycat points out that the free Transcribe for Chrome can be a big help and works offline so you don’t need to have an internet connection.
Journalist Brett Forrest has signed a deal to write a book about football match fixing around the world and has also optioned the film rights.
I have just had an article about 10 years of WordPress and the growing importance of WP for journalists published in the digital edition of UK Press Gazette. You can read it at http://viewer.zmags.com
The recently released Amazon Send to Kindle application and plug-in for WordPress could open up massive new markets for journalists, bloggers and publishers.