Dropping into the Twitter and Facebook publishing world conversations provided a welcome relief from the Election fever which is gripping two nations.
The worry over the vote and who is voting and who is skewing the vote can get overwhelming and put people off voting.
Things that caught my eye this week.
Clay Shirkey’s post... All the big guns are weighing in on whether Clay is right about Amazon and the future of publishing.
Brian O’Leary has some good things to say, which are backed up by a who’s who of publishing pundits in the comments.
If you are inside the big five camp.... poor us. Amazon is the bad guy. We had to collude on pricing to compete with them. We are the best arbiters of taste for the public.
Amazon on the outside… Why do higher ebook prices have to subsidise hardcovers. Lack of access to physical bookstores made us big. Publishers gave Amazon digital rights 7 years ago and never thought about the impact...
Reader’s voting with their feet.
Hugh Howey on DRM Is it dumb or brilliant? (When the argument flags pull out DRM)
Agent Chip MacGregor and his new trends in publishing post. This is nice roundup and one for writers to think about.
Writer’s vote with their M.S.
How can writers face their fear...
Vote for Chuck!
In the Craft Section,
How to find your characters breaking point – Janice Hardy
The biggest mistake new writers make – Anne R Allen
How do I revise my novel- the plot whisperer.
5 techniques to get objectivity – Jami Gold
Getting your character to change – K M Weiland
In the Marketing Section,
Publishing Middle Grade how one writer is doing it.
If you are needing to escape from all the voting madness and give yourself some writing time here is a list of the worlds best writing retreats for you.
It is New Zealand's Sufferage day where women campaigned and got the vote 121 years ago (first country in the world!) On the eve of the general election…
"Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops" - Kate Sheppard.
Sorry this blog is late again...
Pic from flickr.com/photos/alancleaver The green tick is not an endorsement of any political party.
Just get out and VOTE!
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