Lions and Tigers and Bears… and Amazon

If you’re a traditionally published author, a self-published author, a hybrid author, an aspiring author, a publisher, or anything else connected to the business, this blogpost by Hugh Howey is a must-read. Particularly if you’ve jumped aboard the “Bash Amazon” wagon without really understanding what’s at stake or what the issues are (You know who [...]

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An Open Letter to Barnes & Noble (Redux)

With all the buzz about B&N’s plight these days, I decided to resurrect an open letter that four of us wrote to Microsoft last May right after they announced they would be B&N’s white knight. Every suggestion we made has been ignored. Not that they should listen to us, of course. Then again, our recommendations [...]

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An Open Letter To Amazon

Dear Amazon, I know you’ve been paying close attention to the most recent flare-up about sock puppets and fake reviews. I know you feel badly about it, even though some people don’t think so. And I know you’d like to come up with some kind of solution. I don’t know what that solution is, but [...]

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What I Did At BEA

This is a long post, so get cool and comfortable before you start reading. In the ten years I’ve been published, I’ve probably gone to Book Expo three times, so while I’m not a novice, I’m certainly not a regular. I remember attending workshops at some and was on a panel at another, but I [...]

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DEAR MICROSOFT (An Open Letter):

Dear Microsoft, Now that you’ve come to the rescue of Barnes and Noble (and it clearly needs rescuing), I asked a few friends to help me write this letter with our suggestions going forward. We’ve all been thinking about these issues for a while, so we hope you’ll take them in the spirit with which [...]

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Amazon’s Lengthening Shadow RE:The Passive Voice, and Kris

If you’ve been living on a desert island somewhere and don’t read THE PASSIVE VOICE regularly, shame on you. Yesterday’s post is a must-read. Passive Guy is correct. Mike Shatzkin is finding it increasingly difficult to defend Big Publishing, and this post is no exception. http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2012/amazons-lengthening-shadow/ Oh, and just in case you haven’t read Krish [...]

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Here We Go

Fasten your seat belts. Today’s NY Times predicts – Amazon will lower ebook prices of the Big Six – They will become a virtual monopoly – The sky will fall.   Read it here   What do you think?

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Amazon Select: We are All Junkies Now

It’s been over a month since the Amazon KDP Select started, and we’re beginning to see the ramifications of the program. And although I’m making good money, I’m scared. For those of you who don’t know, Amazon created the KDP Select program to increase their base of Prime Customers (those who pay no shipping costs [...]

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A Conversation about Online Book Promotion: What, How, and Why

As you know, I’m both a traditionally published and indie author. Last week I talked about traditionally published authors, but this week I’m crossing over to the indie side of the street. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have hooked up with some imaginative and creative indie authors who not only write wonderful books but know [...]

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