Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Third Front—Apple Enters the Fray

There is an all out war breaking out.
Some have called it a revolution. Others a civil war. One thing is absolutely certain, the fighting is escalating and spreading. Whatever you want to call it, Amazon and Hachette have been duking it out in a very public spat over the negotiation of ebook pricing. Of course, what the real battle is for is control over the ebook market.
However, in the midst of all the name calling, sucker punching, eye gouging, spleen bruising, liver ripping, hair pulling, ear biting, crotch kicking, and bitch slapping, something happened that seems to have passed the notice of everyone distracted by the Amazon-Hachette kerfuffle.
This event might even bring the overly-public slapfest between Amazon and Hachette to a screeching halt.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Reviewers Wanted!

Kobo Books is working on revamping their web site. As part of this work, they are bringing back the far-too-long-missing reader review system. Kobo is providing authors with a link so readers can post reviews of their books and preload the review system for when it is ready for launch.
So, I’m calling on everyone who has read and enjoyed my book to please post a review! (Link Button below.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kindle Unlimited: A Second Look

The problem with writing about a current event is that the information is always changing. It really is a moving target.
When I first heard the various reports on Kindle Unlimited, one particular data point really stuck in my craw—as well as that of many other independent writers. But after sitting and thinking on it for a while, I began to consider that I might be thinking about it the wrong way.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Yet Another Opinion on Kindle Unlimited…

Amazon just opened up their new reader subscription service, Kindle Unlimited.
Kindle Unlimited is essentially a subscription digital book service. A customer pays $10 per month and in exchange can download as many ebooks as they want to/can read.
Amazon created a library for Kindle Unlimited from the Kindle Select program. They say they have over 600,000 titles.
Most of those titles come from independent authors—writers such as myself who have chosen to self-publish rather than go through the traditional route of being published by a large company.

For The Reader:

For the avid reader, Kindle Unlimited is an awesome bargain! For just $10 per month, you can read all the ebooks you want.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Advances and Patronage

What is an advance?
An advance is an “advance payment of royalties.” Hence the name, advance.
To many people, the advance means the check the writer gets when a publisher accepts the author’s book for publication.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Unexpected Goal

In 2006, gas prices went over $3 a gallon for the first time in my local area.
I told myself that if gas ever went over $3 a gallon, I would buy a bike. Gas prices soared. I bought the bike.
A scooter actually. Not a motorcycle. A Honda PS250 “Big Ruckus”. I saw someone riding one up in Cambridge, MA, when I worked there across the street from MIT. It looks like someone cut an ATV in half; so ugly you couldn’t help but love it.
I figured that I would start small and work my way up as I got used to riding. I chose the 250cc engine because that was the smallest engine size legal to use on the highway and I wanted a bike that had no restrictions against its use.
I had always wanted to get a motorcycle. What I didn’t know was that inside me was a rider just waiting for the chance to hit the road.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Don't Quit Your Day Job

Right now, there is an awesome thread going on over at The Passive Voice that has really grabbed people’s attention. The thread, Indie Authors Quitting Their Day Jobs, makes for some interesting and in many ways, inspiring, reading. Why inspiring? Because many of the success stories listed there are spurring others to finally get off their butts and make an effort at making their dream a reality and seriously trying to write a book.