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Monday, July 13, 2009

Kindle Indie Strikes Publishing Deal

Successful independent publishing is possible. Here is a short Tech Crunch article about a writer who self-published via Amazon's Kindle platform and later struck a publishing deal with Simon and Schuster.

A significant factor in his success (besides the apparent quality of the novel) was heavy self-promotion of his book (i.e., hard work).

Bonus!: Here is a write-up on the anticipated Apple MacPad, a competitor to the Amazon Kindle. Apple is trying to make the MacPad compelling even to current iPhone owners.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Benjamin Franklin Award Winners 2009

According to their website, the Benjamin Franklin Awards are:

Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field.

The award includes many non-fiction categories and some fiction categories, and the Bill Fisher Award for First Book. The fiction awards are not genre-specific; the present first book award in fiction is a SF/F story: Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone, Mermaid Publishing, LLC

Here are the finalists for 2009. Interestingly, they don't mention the authors' names. The awards are for the independent publishers.

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