Article: Self-Publishing and Writer Organizations

Self-Publishing and Writer Organizations

http://electricliterature.com/self-publishing-and-writer-organizations/

Thot I’d share this because I’m one of those people the article mentions that would like to join the organization(s) in question.

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Book Reviews, Bestselling Books & Publishing Business News | Publishers Weekly

http://www.publishersweekly.com/#path/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/63453-my-self-publishing-journey-the-publicist-partnership.html

Now I’m sure having a publicist is great, if you can afford it. And that’s the main issue facing so many indie authors these days, cost. After paying for a professional edit and a decent cover, you could have easily shelled out a thousand dollars already. How do you afford more? Are you even expecting to make that much on your book sale?  And what if you don’t?
It’s an exciting time to be an indie author, no mistake about it. But most of us don’t have very large budgets to work with, and while marketing is absolutely essential to success, we indies may have to try and figure that one out for ourselves.

More on Amazon/Hachette fight, including video!

Here’s a link to another article about Amazon’s recent post concerning the dispute. There’s a nice video section with it, with a few commentator’s weighing on on the subject.

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Article: Free Books: Marketing Genius or Devaluation of Writers?

Free Books: Marketing Genius or Devaluation of Writers?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lorraine-devon-wilke/free-books-marketing-geni_b_5632121.html?ir=Books&utm_hp_ref=books

This is an excellent read about the delicate balance between offering free books and the whole future of reading,  and writing.
Personally,  I think the whole lowering of e-book costs, prices dropping and whatnot, is a larger reflection of our economy as a whole. As we can all tell, our daily costs are going up a rate much faster than our wages are keeping up with. Unless you’re a CEO, but I’ll leave that argument alone for now. :/
I think most of us, indies and established authors both, just want to maintain a decent living doing what we love. I know that’s my goal. Here’s wishing the best for all of us.

Amazon makes a statement

Well, the ubiquitous retailer/publisher put up a post on their Kindle forum yesterday, explaining their position, and why their way is best for all concerned.
Here’s the link.
While an interesting read, I’m still trying to digest it all, ie., read between the lines. Maybe I’m just being pessimistic and cynical, looking for some deeper motive. But living in a capitalistic society can make you that way, especially when it comes to for-profit companies doing anything that seems, altrustic.
There’s no doubt in my mind authors have gotten stiffed when it comes to traditional publishing,  even the Authors Guild itself has said so. But the trade-off in the past was always the fact of simply being published. Things are changing rapidly now though,  and it’s getting easier and easier for an author to get his work in the hands of readers without the publisher.
That’s not to say the traditional publishers no longer have a place. Editing, marketing and publicity are still just as important as ever, and the costs associated with those can be high,  especially for a new author.  Publishers can foot those bills for a share of the book’s profit. 
But it might be time to reevaluate just how big that share ought to be.

Connecting with Readers

Writers Digest has a great post today about connecting with young readers. While the piece is primarily about talking to YA readers,  the advice is sound for almost any author, regardless of genre.
I’m still in the process of learning those valuable lessons, and would like to thank each and every visitor to this blog for taking the time to go on this epic journey with me.  ­čÖé