And just to add to the mix on the current hoo-haa with Amazon. Not sure how this affects writers’ royalties who self publish on Amazon directly?
Some have called for a boycott of Amazon. Read the article excerpt below.
“Self-published authors responded to Preston’s open letter on Thursday with their own petition, which now boasts over 3,000 signatures.
Launched by Howey – author of the hit dystopian novel Wool – and others including the bestselling thriller writers JA Konrath and Barry Eisler – the letter urges readers not to boycott Amazon, arguing that the online giant has liberated authors and readers alike from the clutches of “New York Publishing”.
“Major publishers like Hachette have a long history of treating authors and readers poorly,” the petition states. “Amazon, on the other hand, has built its reputation on valuing authors and readers dearly. The two companies didn’t simultaneously change directions overnight.”
“Amazon has done more to liberate readers and writers than any other entity since Johannes Gutenberg refined the movable type printing press”, the petition continues, adding that “Amazon…
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An excellent post that I couldn’t put better myself.
As some of you may know, I recently completed a novel for the first time. After two failed attempts to complete manuscripts before, just the fact that I wrote “The End” was an accomplishment to me. I took some time away from the book in attempt to return to it with a fresh perspective. What I saw upon my return, however, shocked and disappointed me. My finished book, the one I spent three months writing, was not worth reading. Many find it difficult to admit this about their own creations – believe me, it took me a while to accept the fact myself. In spite of how disappointed I was by the first draft of my book, there are invaluable lessons that I learned throughout the process.
Many might say that I shouldn’t put so much pressure on myself, a first draft is never as good, and it was only…
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Now, I’m a relative newbie to the world of indie publishing, and am still collating all the various guidance, hints and general strategies involved in crafting a successful indie author career. However, this article on Smashwords and subsequent debate is real food for thought.
Personally, when I’ve finished my current WIP I believe I’ll still go for the “traditional” publishing route before trying the indie/self publishing option, and I’m not sure (read – I don’t know about) where this potentially leaves those in the indie publishing field, specifically those on the Amazon exclusive programs. Part of me thinks it will drive more indies to other options away from Amazon, but will the market share of the internet giant outweigh any negatives that may result from this?
It’s an interesting read nonetheless, and shows how the e-publishing landscape is changing on almost a day by day basis.
This is my first post, so just a quick one to say hi, and welcome to my blog.
I’ll be posting regular updates on the progress of my current novel, as well as general musing on writing in general.
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