This week the publishing blogosphere has been watching the ‘dialogue’ between Hugh Howey and Mike Shatzkin about Hugh’s opinion piece, The State of Self Publishing. The Amazon Hachette saga seems to have been taken over by a morphing of The Traditional publishing route defenders and the Self / Indie publishing defenders. Each side sniping their opinions with increasing vitriol.
Hugh and Mike have important things to say on how both publishers and writers are finding the current publishing climate and I found myself nodding in agreement with both of them. Publishing is diverging. Porter endeavours to walk the middle line as he examines their arguments.
Passive Guy is known for his measured objective lawyer opinion on publishing. He was invited by the NY Public Library to be a self publishing representative on a high powered panel involving James Patterson and a bunch of lawyers on the state of publishing. Amazon: Business as usual? It does not sound like a happy experience but it was an illuminating one.
Val McDermid was recently interviewed by The Telegraph and she stated that if she was starting out now her career would be over. Her career took off after the fourth book. These days if your first book hasn’t taken off or you haven’t won awards... you are dropped. This is a sobering interview worth reading. Hugh Howey commented today about it and implications for writers on the flipping of the publishing model that is becoming increasingly apparent.
For children’s writers it still seems that Traditional is still the top model at the moment as it is very print based. It will be interesting to see if this model changes in the next few years.
In the UK a bunch of publishers and editors were asked if publishing was still cool. Publishing Perspectives talks about their answers.
Joanna Penn interviews Bob Mayer on author mindset...great article. (transcript below the video)
Yvette Carol has written a nice blog post on how authors would like to get paid.
Writer Unboxed has an article on Author Attitude.
Killzone and Craft of Writing Guru, James Scott Bell has a fab post – Is it Plagiarism to steal a plot.
Why Self Publishers should go it alone together... this is taking the author collective model to the next step...
The wonderful Jennie Crusie on managing your writing time.
In the Craft Section,
Writing prompts – exercises
Roz Morris on writing to an outline.
Rachel Gardner on 7 bad habits of highly successful authors
K M Weiland on Character Reactions
In the Marketing Section,
Trim size (great article from Aussie kid lit author on POD publishing)
Apple ibooks marketing and discovery strategies – brilliant article!
Joanna Penn on Spanish translations... great article.
Jane Friedman on Author Taxes – this is US orientated but some good tips in there for everyone.
Brain Pickings recently celebrated seven years of providing brilliant internet content. One of their supporters decided to make their Seven Things I’ve Learned post into a great graphic poster. Check it out.
I will be away for a couple of weeks. So you can take your time reading through all the links in this big post. My predictions for the news while I am away ... Amazon and Hachette will still be arguing and Self publishers and Trad publishers will still be at each others throats…For the writers it will be business as usual.
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