Publicity as Primary

As we move into a new year, with many exciting book launches planned, I’ve been thinking more and more about marketing and publicity. You see, the hardest part of being a new, niche publisher that specializes in printing not-overly-commercial fiction by first-time authors is that, well, you’re up against a pair of obstacles: You, the […]

Hazards of book design

Going into these things, you never think about the potential job hazards of doing book design. For instance, after awhile, the words “Dear Michael” stop making actual sense, and start just being loops and whorls and lines. Especially when you’re scanning them in 500 different handwriting fonts. I’m presently finishing up the book design for […]

On Pseudonyms

Interesting article here on choosing to write under a pseudonym, and why an author might want to do so. I think a lot of authors, particularly those who write in genre, choose pseudonyms for a combination of these reasons. What if you’re a scholar or a journalist in your everyday life? It makes sense for […]

Ads in eBooks

The Wall Street Journal just did an article on companies exploring the possibilities of adding ads to eBooks. I’m a bit torn on how I feel about this. On the one hand, I see a great deal of potential here for being able to keep eBook prices as low as possible, even without print revenue […]

Best Of

We’re absolutely blown away to have gotten a “Best Of” recognition in our very first year, with our very first title. That’s right, Cold Iron & Rowan Wood, a book blog you should really be reading, decided that Erekos is the best book put out by a small publisher that’s crossed their path this year. […]

Gift-Giving Problems Solved

We love digital books. Love ’em. They’re convenient – they go everywhere with you, and bookmark your pages for you, and you can keep thousands in a teeny little space! They’re usually pretty cheap, and if you’re buying from somewhere like Candlemark & Gleam, well, they’re pretty darn nicely laid out, if we say so […]

Five Things – Some Thoughts

Grasping for the Wind recently did a post on Five Things Every Aspiring Author Should Know. I agree with most of what he says here, but I do have a few quibbles and comments. 1) No, you should not demand a Special Writer Cocoon (or a gazebo at the bottom of the garden, or anything […]

A December special!

Regardless of what you celebrate – Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Eid ul-Fitr, Giftmas, Festivus, or anything else that makes you happy – December tends to be a time for joy, light, and scrambling about buying things for people. In honour of that, Candlemark & Gleam has decided to offer a December special! For the month […]

Gimmicks, tiers, and so much more

I have to admit, I’m quite looking forward to Jonathan Safran Foer’s experimental book. This article does a great job of talking about why he did it, and what he hopes to get out of it. I’ve seen art books done like this – cutting out bits of pages to make images or reveal certain […]

Sourcebooks takes on digital

The publisher of Sourcebooks, Dominique Raccah, recently wrote a piece on digital publishing and what eBooks mean for publishers. You need to read it. No, really. You need to read it. Go. I’ll be here when you get back. *crickets chirp* Yeah, good, no? Dominique says what I think many of us in the industry […]