Blog Posts - Joe Konrath



New Year’s Resolutions from a Very Successful Author

This will be the 35th post I’ve done that relates in some way to Joe Konrath. He was very successful when he used a recognized publisher and he became even more successful when he went Indie. And, if I can offer an idea for a writer’s New...
by Notes from An Alien on Dec 19, 2016

Should Rejection by a Publisher Be Praised ?

Traditional Publishing demands an author find an agent (some strangely lucky folk avoid this)—said agent to deal with various publishers and secure a contract for the author’s work. Needless to say (?) — Traditional Publishing rejec...
by Notes from An Alien on Nov 20, 2015

Why is the Authors Guild so Mad at Google Books?

I’ve written before about the Authors Guild of the U.S.A.—rather critical articles—seems they’re organized more to favor the legacy publishers than the authors…  The Guild’s latest outrage is directed against Goog...
by Notes from An Alien on Oct 21, 2015

So, What’s Up with the Authors Guild and Google Books?

I’ve written before about the Authors Guild of the U.S.A.—rather critical articles—seems they’re organized more to favor the legacy publishers than the authors…  The Guild’s latest outrage is directed against Goog...
by Notes from An Alien on Oct 21, 2015

Another Good Reason to Avoid Traditional Publishing

With this post, I’ve written 29 articles dealing with what’s called Traditional Publishing. For those who haven’t had to find out about different types of publishing, “traditional” involves finding an agent (who usually...
by Notes from An Alien on Aug 19, 2015

Book Awards for Self-Published Authors

Can winning an award give a self-published book a boost? Well, it is one form of book promotion… And, even though book promotion can seem like too much hard work for creative writers there are so many ways to promote books that anyone should be...
by Notes from An Alien on Oct 23, 2014

Clearing Our Heads About Amazon

First, even though I cover Reading, Writing, and Publishing, Amazon does not carry only books. That may be quite obvious but, in the raging battles over the company, there are many folk who, for various reasons, forget the obvious… If you haven...
by Notes from An Alien on Oct 21, 2014

So You Want To Be A Successful Writer… ~ Oh, My…

Last year I wrote the article Bad Advice for Writers = Most Advice for Writers. If you want to be a successful writer you should go read that article. It begins by telling you that most books sell less than 500 copies. Then, it explores a range of m...
by Notes from An Alien on Oct 6, 2014

Making Certain Authors Eat Their Own Words . . .

Can over 900 authors all be wrong about the same thing? Well, I think most authors can be dead wrong about many things. Take this Amazon-Hachette tussle. Huge publisher, Huge retailer—a fight over pricing—some authors feeling they’r...
by Notes from An Alien on Aug 7, 2014

The Corporations and The Writer ~ Who’s Winning?

My job, besides being the best writer I can possibly be, is to blog five days a week about Reading, Writing, and Publishing. Much of the news these days in those three arenas revolves around the issue of who’s more important—the Reader, t...
by Notes from An Alien on Jul 21, 2014

The Successful Writer

Becoming a successful writer depends, completely, on your definition of “success”.  Success As Money is the most uncontrollable goal you can set. Sure, there are things that can be done to enhance a writer’s chance of making money...
by Notes from An Alien on Jun 18, 2014

What The Hell Is Going On In The Book World!?

So, Amazon is flexing its muscles and one of the legacy publishers is saying sorry to its authors. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice sued the big publishers and Apple for “price-fixing”. Now, it appears Amazon is withholding b...
by Notes from An Alien on May 27, 2014

Making A Living As A Writer . . .

Let me be clear at the start, I live on a small pension and would be happy if my books make a small splash after I die. But I blog about Reading, Writing, and Publishing so I feel a need to “cover” what I consider “important”...
by Notes from An Alien on Feb 12, 2014

Joe Konrath Interviews His Book Creator – Cheryl Perez.

Joe Konrath hjas a short interview with his book designer and go through the book production process. The post Joe Konrath Interviews His Book Creator – Cheryl Perez. appeared first on Authopublisher.
by Authopublisher on Jun 4, 2013

So, How Clueless Are Traditional Publishers?

I’ve featured Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath here quite a few times—the two most interesting posts being Some Publishing Advice from Two Extremely Successful Authors and More on The Konrath/Eisler Conversation. Well, Barry gave a talk at...
by Notes from An Alien on Apr 25, 2013

The U. S. Authors Guild President vs Reality

If you read the recent New York Times op-ed piece by Scott Turow, Authors Guild president, entitled The Slow Death of the American Author, you might think he’d made some valid points… First let me refer you back to a previous post on this...
by Notes from An Alien on Apr 15, 2013

The U. S. Authors Guild President vs Reality

If you read the recent New York Times op-ed piece by Scott Turow, Authors Guild president, entitled The Slow Death of the American Author, you might think he’d made some valid points… First let me refer you back to a previous post on this...
by Notes from An Alien on Apr 15, 2013

How To Sell Ebooks

“There isn’t a single thing I’m saying here that you should automatically believe. Don’t trust me, or any other so-called expert. Instead, try things out for yourself and draw your own conclusions.” Well, I didn’t...
by Notes from An Alien on Feb 11, 2013

How To Sell Ebooks

“There isn’t a single thing I’m saying here that you should automatically believe. Don’t trust me, or any other so-called expert. Instead, try things out for yourself and draw your own conclusions.” Well, I didn’t...
by Notes from An Alien on Feb 11, 2013

Copyright and Book Piracy

Writers can become manic about copyright. “It’s my intellectual property and I’ll be damned if I’ll let anyone steal it!” I read an interesting article by Scott Bradner (University Technology Security Officer at Harvard...
by Notes from An Alien on Oct 31, 2012


Trending Topics

Close