This week Microsoft readers woke up to discover that Microsoft was shutting its e-library down. Unfortunately, that meant that all their books disappeared. After nearly twenty years of ebooks, there are still people out there who think that once they have bought an ebook it is theirs. No, it isn’t. You have bought a license to read the book on a proprietary software. That is what DRM (Digital Rights Management) means. If you have a DRM free copy you can put it on other devices and so keep the copy.
This is why Kris Rusch is so interested in potentials available for authors in the licensing business. Do you really know what you have created and what it is worth?
While Microsoft was decluttering their library... Anne R Allen was looking at decluttering novels. This is a great post on how to streamline your work.
Streamlining. Become an author. What every teen overachiever has on their bucket list of things to do before they turn 20. Jane Friedman has an interesting post on the rise of Teen Authors hiring ghostwriters.
Reedsy has a post on free book cover makers which is chock full of tools. BUT YOU MUST OWN THE RIGHTS TO THE IMAGES YOU USE. I put that important sentence in caps because Book Riot reported this week on the plagiarism of the image that was used to make the iconic book cover for Elizabeth Acevedo’s multi-award-winning book, The Poet X. So is this a case of Steal Like An Artist?
Reedsy also has a great post on Bookbub ads for anyone who wants to get a grip on these.
Passive Guy reports on a court case where Amazon was found to be liable for third party sales. This might not seem big just yet but... if your book is pirated then sold on Amazon... then Amazon could be liable. ( cue pirate cleanup)
Every year around this time Joanna Penn writes her version of Author Earnings when she does a deep dive into her business and looks at how it is doing. She even makes pretty graphs and does data analysis. Have a look at this years report. This is what we can all aspire to.
In The Craft Section,The importance of character names- Scott Myers
Trim the fat from your fiction- Utopian Editing
8 quick tips on Show not Tell- K M Weiland
Writing your novels blurb- Staci Troilo- Bookmark
How to see the holes in your stories ending-Roz Morris - Bookmark
Planning your opening passages- Mythcreants- Bookmark
How to slash your word count by 20%- Jodi Renner
In The Marketing Section,How to test Bookbub ads- Bookbub- Bookmark
20 Quick book marketing ideas- Rachel Thompson- Bookmark
10 things to update every time you release a book- Deborah Jay
Reader Targeting influences everything- David Gaughran- Bookmark
Production calendars- DIYMFA
How to use book content to reach more readers
25 newsletter incentives for fiction authors- Mixtusmedia- Bookmark
To Finish,It’s been a book cover week. I’ve relaxed looking at Bookcoverzone. ( No I haven’t bought any more covers for nonexistent books this year...Yet.) Design Wizard sent me a link to their selection of the most creative book covers. Go and be inspired.
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