Monthly Archives: March 2011

Challenge Update

Workshop going on here right now, and I finally finished one major project and a short story for an assignment anthology. So with luck the challenge will be coming back to full steam. Just been nuts. Stay tuned.

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Conversation with Mark Coker

Joe Konrath had a great conversation with Mark Coker about the creation of Smashwords. I am a major fan of Smashwords and Mark’s work. But there are a few complainers out there that voiced their complaints after this column with … Continue reading

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Conversation Between Barry Eisler and Amanda Hocking

Folks, Agent Ted Weinstein got Barry Eisler and Amanda Hocking to talk in the same interview and it is FANTASTIC!! Worth the read, including how Ted sees possible future agent models.  http://www.twliterary.com/selfpub.html

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Think Like A Publisher #4…Production and Scheduling

The first three posts in this series were designed to be a unit and help you get set up as an indie publisher. You should have a business name picked out with a web site domain reserved, understand your upfront … Continue reading

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Another Major Writer Jumps to Indie

Connie Brockway, a major romance and historical romance writer has jumped and her reasons are wonderful and spot on from both a business side and an art and artist side. She is able to write the books she wants to … Continue reading

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A Conversation: Barry Eisler, Joe Konrath, and Me

Paying For Self-Publishing Help Thoughts on Sunk Costs and Commissions with Barry Eisler, Joe Konrath, and Dean Wesley Smith Joe: Before Barry and I went live with our 13,000 word ebook dialog, we reached out to a few folks we … Continue reading

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Amanda Hocking’s Reasons

Read her blog post here about why she took the deal with traditional publishing that she did. http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog.html My opinion, from an outside business perspective and a long-term freelance writer, let me say Fantastic!! Her reasons are spot-on good business, … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: The Myth of Security

Welcome back to slaughtering a few sacred cows. This one came clear to me over the last few days from so many writers saying how stunned they are that Barry Eisler turned down such a large deal to self-publish his … Continue reading

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Amanda Hocking

Well, looks like Amanda wants people in traditional publishing to take care of her. From a long-term professional, all I can say is that she is going to be very upset with the results and in for a very rude … Continue reading

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Borders Gets Published a Huge Problem

I agree with Mike Stackpole on this. Read his article here. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-a-stackpole/borders-bookbrewer-vampir_b_823926.html Authors should avoid this program at all costs. I saw it when it first arrived, laughed at the stupidity of Borders and the last gasp attempt on their … Continue reading

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