• two street signs, one pointing left with the word "original." The other pointing right with the word "copy."
    “Some has stolen my story!” is something I hear frequently from new authors who obsess over whether to submit to literary contests before a book is published. Or they obsess over whether to submit to Netgalley or send ARCs to potential reviewers. If those decisions aren’t enough, they also worry about all the pirate sites that have their book and the money they are losing because of those downloads. Less frequently, but still enough to take notice,  are authors who find a book selling better than theirs that looks and feels really close to one they’ve written. Obviously, it must
  • Female human and robot's hands as a symbol of connection between people and artificial intelligence technology. Superimposed is a sign with past, present, and future directions with the present one fading into the background
    Note: I originally wrote this article for my annual changes in publishing post on Romancing the Genres that I’ve written every year for a decade. It published December 5, 2020. I’ve made some changes to that article, particularly in the introductory remarks and some additional comments on how authors and publishers might capitalize on these changes during 2021 and 2022. 2020 is behind us now, but we will feel its impacts for years to come. The question is embrace the future, or will we dig in our heels and try to return to the past–a belief that the past is
  • Picture of a laptop with a search window. Print books around the outside, and an ebook and audiobook in the foreground
    For 2021, I will be featuring responses to questions I often field on other forums or that are sent to me here at POV Author Services. To end 2020, I’m answering a question from Pat McNees (Thank you, Pat!) who maintains a website called Writers and Editors with lots of articles and links to information about writing and publishing. Her question is: What are vendors and aggregators? This came up in the context of me responding to a different question where I discussed the plethora of distribution opportunities that independent publishers have these days, and how they have leveled the
  • old-fashioned library with woman on a ladder reading a ook, a man below her asking a quesiton, and another woman at a table reading a ook
    Note: Updated April 2021 to add additional ebook distributor platforms to libraries and a little more explanation of why libraries choose not to carry every book in a distributors ebook catalog During this pandemic, the importance of libraries has reminded me how much I’ve taken them for granted over the years. I’ve been amazed by my small community library, as well as the large county public library systems and university libraries response. They’ve all been shutdown for nearly nine months now. But they’ve adapted to meet patrons needs. My local library has doubled its budget for digital books, while decreasing
  • Young woman speaks different languages opening a box with international flags flying away
    A Look at the Viability of AI translation Most authors understand that the United States is not the only place with millions of potential readers. In fact, the United States is not even the largest market for English-language readers. India gets that designation. Yet the majority of independent authors distribute only within the U.S. The few that go beyond that only include Canada, U.K., Australia, and New Zealand. In fact, there are 27 countries around the world where English is the primary language and an additional17 countries were English is an official language in addition to one or more other
  • colorful seasons depicted in the background with Course Schedule written on top
    NOTE: This post was updated April 15, 2021 to reflect changes in the calendar based on changing demographics and a first quarter survey of student needs. It also reflects updates on courses that have been removed from future offerings. Our Live courses have been filling quickly in September and October. I’m so happy that people are loving the small class size of only seven participants. Based on the first three classes I offered, I think it’s the perfect size. Large enough to have a variety of experiences to share, and small enough that every student gets the answers they need