Why The Lack Of A Jeff Bezos Dooms Mainstream Publishing

This piece originally appeared on the Dear Author blog on 4/8/09. Alternatively, I suppose you could title this piece How Jeff Bezos Pawned Publishing. 

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Where's The Bailout For Publishing?

In a recent article posted on the Daily Beast, Stephen L. Carter says: Like a lot of writers, I am wondering when Congress and the administration will propose a bailout for the publishing industry.

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Your First Draft Is Always Going To Suck

This article, by Alexandra Sokoloff, originally appeared on Storytellersunplugged on 3/24/09. It’s an interesting thing about blogging – it’s made us able to get a glimpse of hundreds of people’s lives on a moment-by-moment basis. I don’t have a lot of time (well, more to the point, I have no time at all) to read […]

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The Neverending Story: The Highs and Woes of Writing a Series

This piece, by Stephen Woodworth, originally appeared on The Apex Blog on 3/27/09.   Just think of it! A unified, ongoing marketing campaign! Cross-promoting bestsellers! A rabid fan base! A backlist that remains in print forever as hungry readers snap up the volumes they’ve missed! And, best of all, you can have a lifelong career without the tedious […]

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The Psychology of Writing, Pt. 3 – The Religion of Writing and Getting Published

Publetariat’s series on the psychology of writing continues with a deconstruction of The Rules. Many aspiring authors believe there’s a collection of both written and unwritten rules to follow in writing and trying to get published, a sort of catechism for success. 

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pdf download sales

Hi, I’m sure this is a simple question. What’s the best way to sell pdf downloads? Not as in marketing, but as in technically. In other words, what software do I need so that someone clicks a button, which pays money into my paypal/google checkout and gives them the pdf straightaway in return? And is […]

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<p>Claudio Soares, a Brazilian author and literary blogger, has launched an intriguing multimedia online publishing experiment involving <a href="http://twitter.com/sd8">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.pontolit.com.br/sd8/2009/03/31/prologo/">CommentPress</a>, videos, music and ultimately, <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/">Smashwords</a>.<br />
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The Twitterization of Santos Dumont Numero 8

Claudio Soares, a Brazilian author and literary blogger, has launched an intriguing multimedia online publishing experiment involving Twitter, CommentPress, videos, music and ultimately, Smashwords.

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Advantages of Analyzing Stories

This essay, by Charles Atan, originally appeared on his blog on 3/25/09. A friend had a recent blog entry on how irrelevant critiques are to a writer’s craft. On one hand, he’s right. You don’t need to develop a critical framework to write stories. You don’t need to be able to analyze stories and pick […]

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50 Benefits of Ebooks – Reviewed

This is a cross-posting of a review which originally appeared on The Creative Penn website. 50 Benefits of Ebooks: A thinking person’s introduction to the digital reading revolution where ebooks are low-cost or free. This is definitely a must read for anyone who is remotely interested in where the publishing industry is heading.

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<p>This column is sparked by <a href="http://www.teleread.org/2009/04/04/why-print-disabled-people-should-thank-the-authors-guild-not-picket-it/">an article on Teleread</a>, in which The Center For Accessible Publishing argues in favor of the Author's Guild and publishers who are trying to force Amazon to remove the default Text To Speech (TTS) capability on the Kindle 2. TTS is a technology that allows the print-disabled to hear their Kindle books read to them by the device. </p>
<p>The AG and publishers argue that individual authors and publishers should have the right to decide on a case-by-case basis which books will have TTS enabled.  You might think that since indie authors aren't beholden to big publishers and aren't members of the AG this is a non-issue for us, but if the AG and publishers win this battle authors everywhere---indie and mainstream alike---will see their readership reduced. </p>

The Authors Guild And Big Publishers Are Working Hard To Reduce Your Readership

This column is sparked by an article on Teleread, in which The Center For Accessible Publishing argues in favor of the Author’s Guild and publishers who are trying to force Amazon to remove the default Text To Speech (TTS) capability on the Kindle 2. TTS is a technology that allows the print-disabled to hear their Kindle books […]

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Does Writing Cause Insanity, or Are We Nuts to Start With?

Wow, am I ever glad to find this site. I was a member for maybe three minutes when I hopped to "The Dreaded Moment of Suck," by Alison Janssen.  About writers/editors’ anxiety. Can I relate to that. For a long time, I regarded my crumbling self esteem in the face of a completed or in […]

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<p>Alright folks. Turn your clocks forward. If you're waiting for ebooks to go mainstream, it may have happened already.</p>

Have Ebooks Already Gone Mainstream?

Alright folks. Turn your clocks forward. If you’re waiting for ebooks to go mainstream, it may have happened already.

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<p><em>Note: while this article may seem very long, it’s only because I’m making every effort to clearly detail every step of my process for people who, like me, don’t have the Linux or php skills to easily understand what the heck everyone is talking about in the 6.10 upgrade articles and posts on drupal.org. In actuality, the upgrade itself will probably require less time than it takes to read this article. But DO read it, all the way through to the end, BEFORE you begin your upgrade. </em></p>

Easy Upgrade from 6.9 to 6.10 For People Who Don't Know PHP/Linux, Can't Use Shell Commands or Don't Have A Development Sandbox

Note: while this article may seem very long, it’s only because I’m making every effort to clearly detail every step of my process for people who, like me, don’t have the Linux or php skills to easily understand what the heck everyone is talking about in the 6.10 upgrade articles and posts on drupal.org. In […]

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How Gary Vaynerchuk built a “platform” and attracted a 10 book deal with Harper Collins

 On HarperStudio’s blog yesterday was the news that they have offered Gary Vaynerchuk a 10 book deal.

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For Whom Do We Write?

This piece, by Aidan Moher, originally appeared on his A Dribble of Ink blog on 3/23/09. David B. Coe, author of the Winds of the Foreland series, wrote an interesting piece for SF Novelists about the motivations of a writer and who they truly write for.

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