The blogs have been burning up this week with writer’s organizations taking a stand against Random House’s Hydra, Alibi, Flirt, and Loveswept imprints. It’s no news that large publishers have been exploring alternate business models in an attempt to remain financially solvent and survive the rocky times they’re experiencing. I don’t have a problem with that, but when companies target inexperienced and unwary individuals with very one-sided contracts, it’s unethical. Continue reading
Gather round, ye young and old, as Mama Debra tells a tale of two authors. A parable as old as the internet, handed down via viral media. Ancient and revered. One author we’ll call Snow White, and the other Rose Red. Both are mid-list authors with several publications, although Snow White has had the fortune of having her books published via a well known, Big City, publisher, while Rose Red’s novels are through a small press publisher. Both ladies have excellent writing skills, both are pleased with the reviews and notice brought about by their writing. Continue reading
My short story, Love Magick, is in the anthology Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft and our publisher has been diligently updating us authors when the book is up and available at various e-retailers. Although the majority of sales come from Amazon, it’s important to have wide availability, and this book (as well as my novel, A Demon Bound) is slated to be at Smashwords.com, B&N, Apple, Kobo, and more. Good news for those who like to read on a Nook and other e-readers, their computer, or their iPhone. On Monday we were alerted that there would be a delay in the book’s availability on Apple and B&N. Because there is a little pissing contest going on between the major e-retailers. A catfight of epic proportions.
Apple won’t allow any book to be loaded that includes the word “Amazon” in it. Evidently B&N feels the same way and substitutes “Nook” for the word “Kindle” causing some interesting alterations to classical literature. Okay. I get the rivalry. But all this makes it a little difficult if you’re novel is about starting fires in the wilderness, or a certain South American river. What in the world should a writer replace these words with? Are we to descend to euphemisms, like we do for private body parts and sexual congress? So, just like ‘hoohoo’ and ‘one-eyed-snake’, should we call the river ‘mighty brown-water of the south’, and kindling as ‘easily combustible wood pulp’? It all sounds so naughty. And it got me to thinking how this might play out if Amazon decided to retaliate. Continue reading
“Just face it, you’re self publishing because no one will buy your work or you’re not willing to suffer slush pile obscurity until your work earns notice” – a comment I read on a blog post.
Ouch. Ooo, that stings. Sadly, this author’s statement is often true when it comes to self published work. Let’s face it, we’ve all downloaded that freebie and seen a book filled with so many grammar, spelling, and formatting errors that it was difficult to read. Continue reading
You’re writing a novel. You’re opening a bakery. You’re going to be a professional photographer. They’re all businesses. Writing is one business, but the publishing of your book is another. Two separate enterprises that equally need your attention. It’s the same on that bakery. Being a great baker isn’t enough, you also need to have the business savvy to run the business of selling baked goods. Whatever your product, you’re opening a small business. You need a business plan. But first, you need to think about your goals. Continue reading