Just as we all got used to the thought of Summer....we get a blast of Winter to make us shiver and huddle together for warmth.
Sometimes I think the publishing industry is like this as well.
Just as you get used to travelling along the publishing road...along comes a new roadmap that offers a more thrilling/scary route to take you to your destination.
We are now used to the concept of eBooks. We know some important facts about them.
1. They are outselling print.
2. They are changing the landscape of publishing.
Joe Konrath has a guest post on his blog from popular ghost writer Lee Goldberg, that explains why he is not signing any multi book deals anymore...and Joe adds a breakdown of his own print versus eBook sales from the first half of the year...this makes sobering reading on the current state of the marketplace.
So we now have some hard numbers.
Ebook covers just got interesting. Take a look at this just released eBook cover for a debut Young Adult book...A twitter comment described it thus...I spent so much time playing with the cover I forgot to look at the book!
My, that landscape up ahead looks interesting!
Mike Shatzkin and Bob Mayer have been trading views on an interview Mike did with Bob on the success an author can have going it alone. Mike says it is going tobecome rarer...and Bob says It can still happen if the writer does all the right things and has a back list. Go and take a look at the arguments!
Gosh are those mountains or hills up ahead....?
The author platform arguments have been getting another airing this week. Most pundits believe it’s critical for non fiction and optional for fiction. The drunkwritertalk group (yeah, interesting blog too...) have a useful article on what you should or should not do...great read.
Hazel Edwards (the author of the wonderful cake eating hippo) is profiled in a piece about how her savvy use of the internet has made her money...this is maximum use of your platform!
Wow that’s pretty....Oh look over there!
Sibel from Writers Guide to eBook Publishing has A MUST READ post up on why she turned down a Hollywood/New York Agent....She posts up the main points of the contract and what The Passive Guy (Lawyer writer) told her about what each clause meant.....Read it!!!!!!!
Oh boy, that was scary! Pass the wipes...
I think I need a change On the journey you might like to check out virtual book tours. Check out this article, 5 Dumb Things Writers Do On Virtual Book Tours.
Are We There Yet?
I’m busy with the WCBA Christmas Quiz tonight...so you are lucky this is a short post....See you next week!