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Ganxy offering new bundling opportunities for authors

One of the big stories of 2012 has been the growing popularity of bundle offers, whereby customers are offered a group of products at a discounted price. The likes of Humble Bundle have shown that this sales model can work for ebooks, and now Ganxy is making it easier (via) for authors (including indie authors) … Continue reading

Tim Ferriss uses BitTorrent to promote book and get consumers to Amazon listing

Author Tim Ferriss claims to have seen crazy conversion rates after using BitTorrent to promote his book The 4-Hour Chef (which is one of the big new titles being published by Amazon itself). According to Ferriss, a special bundle of content released via BitTorrent was downloaded by 210,000 people, with 85,000 clicking through to the … Continue reading

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 launches with Amazon Publishing

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 has launched, and whereas last year Penguin was involved in the awards, this year the winners are being offered the chance of a publishing contract with Amazon’s own in-house company Amazon Publishing. The Grand Prize winner will receive a contact with a $50,000 advance, while four others will receive … Continue reading

Random House unveils submission guidelines for new digital imprints

Random House has unveiled submission guidelines for its new digital imprints. Earlier this week, the company announced the launch of YA / “new adult” imprint Flirt, mystery-thriller imprint Alibi and sci-fi imprint Hydra, while also expanding its romance imprint Loveswept. They’re actively seeking submissions from authors, with full details available here. The digital-only imprints are … Continue reading

Amazon launches new marketplace, branding and analytics opportunities with Amazon Pages and Amazon Posts

This is another of those stories that isn’t directly related to self-publishing or ebooks, but which might indicate which way the wind is blowing at Amazon HQ. Over the past week, and timed no doubt for the build-up to Christmas, the company has launched three new tools for sellers: Amazon Pages as a new branding … Continue reading

National Novel Writing Month 2012 kicks off

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2012 has kicked off, with hundreds of thousands of people around the world expected to start work on ambitious plans to complete a 50,000 first draft of a novel within thirty days. Last year’s NaNoWriMo saw almost 3.1bn words written, a steady increase over 2010. And while many participants will … Continue reading

2012 Goodreads Choice Awards open for voting

The 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards launched today. Sponsored by Google Play, the awards have begun with an opening round in which 15 books have been nominated in each category, with voters also able to add write-in votes for their preferred titles. Last year, Veronica Roth’s YA title Divergent took the overall prize as Favourite Book … Continue reading

Twitter seeking authors to participate in new fiction festival

Twitter is seeking authors to take part in an innovative fiction festival that’s set to run during late November. The Twitter Fiction Festival will use the #twitterfiction hashtag and is designed to showcase “creative experiments in storytelling”, according to the company’s blog post announcing the project. Authors are invited to submit their ideas here, explaining … Continue reading

Ganxy offers new promotion tools for publishers and authors

It seems like there’s a new ebook marketing site every day, and most of them are fairly unimpressive. But here’s one that looks pretty good: Ganxy describes itself as “an elegant product showcase” that allows publishers and authors to build pages and embeddable elements that promote their work, while offering multiple purchasing options. Here’s an … Continue reading

Tumblr adds analytics via Union Metrics

Anyone with a Tumblr blog can now get a better look at how their site is doing, as Tumblr has hooked up with Union Metrics to offer a new analytics tool. You can sign up here to be added to the waiting list for an invitation. Union Metrics will offer a variety of tools, allowing … Continue reading

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