Morning Coffee – 15 July 2019

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • The ALA is alarmed over the recent changes to the library ebook pricing model.
  • China’s 24-hour unstaffed bookstore launches
  • Oh, no – Another fool thinks Apple should make an ereader.
  • This author wasted 20 years of his life with trad pub before finally striking gold.  “The product was consistently excellent, but for 20 years publishers failed him. No publicity, no marketing, terrible covers, no book tours. He had zero support.”

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Tyrean Martinson15 July, 2019

    Thanks for the links!

  2. Peter Winkler15 July, 2019

    The last story you linked tells a Cinderella story that takes place wholly within the framework of traditional publishing. Salerno, the agent, solicited McKinty to write a novel and he struck gold when Paramount Pictures bought the film rights.

    1. Nate Hoffelder15 July, 2019

      yep – I didn’t frame it very well

    2. Richard Hershberger16 July, 2019

      I was just coming in to say the same thing. This is a story about catching a break within traditional publishing, not about traditional versus self publishing. Specifically, it is a story about catching a break by catching the attention of a high profile person who gives you a hand. This could apply to self publishing just as well.

  3. Mike Cane16 July, 2019

    Adrian McKinty! You should have mentioned his name. I clicked it out of curiosity but would have gone immediately to it if you had mentioned his name! Winkelr’s comment is right. Even so, I’m happy for McKinty. But now I wonder how many others like him are out there. Award-winning yet flat damn broke.


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