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05/07/2012

A Podcast that Educates Writers How to Self-Publish in the “New Frontier” of Digital Publishing


My last post introduced Sean Platt and David Wright, the kings of ebook serialization. Well, they have teamed with Johnny B. Truant, a popular  blogger/writer/publisher, to do a weekly podcast that teaches writers the ins and outs of  how to make a full-time living self-publishing from fiction to nonfiction 🙂

This from PRWeb:

Self Publishing Podcast Helps Writers Achieve Their Publication Dreams in the High-Potential Kindle and eBook Age

Popular blogger Johnny B. Truant and self publishing “Kings of the Serial” Sean Platt and David Wright have launched a podcast aimed at educating writers on how to self-publish in the “new frontier” of digital publishing.

Self publishing is accessible to everyone, and the podcast helps savvy, hard-working writers learn how they can make full-time livings from fiction to nonfiction – something that was close to impossible before the eBook age.

“Digital publishing, through Kindle and other e-formats, hasn’t just revolutionized self publishing; it’s revolutionized all publishing,” said Truant. “Even established authors are now turning to this model and away from old-school publishing deals. And why not? Traditional publishers pay authors around 15% of a book’s sale price and hardly do any publicity, widespread distribution, or marketing for anyone other than their blockbuster clients. If those publishers are really only adding overhead, why not do it yourself? Why not build your own audience, spread the word yourself through the tools available on the Internet, and make 70% royalties while retaining total creative control?”

The trio launched the new podcast, located at SelfPublishingPodcast.com, in mid April. Born from a desire to help others achieve the success they were achieving themselves, Wright, Platt, and Truant decided a weekly podcast packed with advice, best practices, and interviews with experts would help others avoid the trial and error they’d had when publishing their own work – primarily on Amazon’s Kindle e-Book platform, but also on others like Barnes & Noble’s Nook Store and the Kobo platform, which is popular in Europe.

“Self-publishing used to be expensive and ineffective, but also relatively straightforward,” said Wright. “You paid someone to publish your books, you stored them in your garage, and then you traveled around and tried to sell them. It’s completely different today. The best platforms are digital. Anyone can publish with very little out-of-pocket expense and be exposed instantly to millions of potential buyers. But now it’s trickier too, and you’ll never sell to those millions if you don’t put the pieces together correctly.”

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05/02/2012

Ebook Serialization and Indie Publishing Company ‘Collective Inkwell’


For those who haven’t thought about it and would like to try an excellent 15,000 to 25,000 (or less) word format for self-publishing, might try an ebook, weekly or bi-weekly (be creative here), serial. Sort of like a continuing TV show.

Two very successful self-publishers, Sean Platt and David Wright, have had great success with their short serials on Kindle.

More detail provided by PRWeb through SFGate:  

Self Publishing Successes and Kings of The Kindle Serial, Sean Platt and David Wright, Go Sci-Fi for Newest Series

Kings of The Kindle Serial Sean Platt and David Wright launch the sci-fi thriller, WhiteSpace, and continue their unbroken string of self publishing success.

Kings of The Serial Sean Platt and David Wright continue their unbroken string of weekly self publishing one book to Kindle each week with the eagerly awaited unveiling of their latest thriller, WhiteSpace.

The indie authors got their start with serialization self publishing last year’s smash-hit apocalyptic books, “Yesterday’s Gone,” and are now starting “WhiteSpace: Episode One” with a bang. Literally.

The first book opens with a school shooting in a quiet bedroom community on the fictional Hamilton Island in Washington State. The shooter is a teacher, rather than a student, and the shooting throws the island into shock. The story follows those involved as they heal, investigate, and soon find that the serene island harbors dark secrets tied to an evil dynasty, missing people, and what may or may not be alien abductions.

“We wanted to write a creepy story, full of paranoia, where you’re never certain what’s what,” said co-author David Wright. “We wanted to take innocuous everyday things and turn them on their head, giving everything in our story a sinister glow.”

“WhiteSpace” follows hot on the heels of the indie authors’ recent milestone with “Yesterday’s Gone: Season One” earning more than 100 5-Star reviews on Amazon.

Platt and Wright launched their indie author careers last summer, but didn’t find success until they published the second season of “Yesterday’s Gone.” The two series have been selling consistently, and garnering praise, ever since.

“We love serialized TV shows with awesome cliffhangers like ‘LOST,’ ‘The Wire,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ so we really wanted to bring that type of weekly cliffhanger storytelling to books,” said Platt.

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