Monthly Archives: February 2012

The New World of Publishing: Pricing Indie Books…Some 2012 Thoughts

Normally I hate talking about pricing of ebooks by indie publishers because there are no right answers and I always end up making people mad. But that said, things are changing so fast that my last post about pricing (besides … Continue reading

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Competition Restraint In Contracts

Those of you who are writing, or ever dreamed of writing, go read my wife’s blog today about one of the very, very nasty problems of contracts these days. Even if you have no intention of every going with a … Continue reading

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Updates and Workshops

This coming Saturday starts the first of two workshops covering the last few days of February and the first four days of March. I’ve been spending all my time the last two months, and I do mean almost all my … Continue reading

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The New World of Publishing: Reasons for a Trade Paper Edition

The writer, Steve Perry, asked me a couple of good questions in the comments on the last article. I wanted to try to answer them up front here because I thought the questions, or the basic question, important. The basic … Continue reading

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Some Interesting Hard Numbers

Michael W. Lucas just posted his hard sales numbers from January and talked about them in a quick manner. It’s for a book that was too short for his regular traditional publisher. The post is short and very clear. Worth … Continue reading

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Zoe Winters on Pricing

Zoe Winters broke her silence on talking about publishing and did a great post about pricing. Very clear and reasoned. Worth the read, folks. http://zoewinters.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/ebook-pricing-or-where-zoe-says-something-about-publishing/

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The New World of Publishing: What Indie Production Actually Costs

Every few days I get someone making a comment on a topic and mentioning they can’t do such-and-such because it just costs too much. And I get at least one letter a week asking me how I can do so … Continue reading

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Again I Ask…

Such a simple question: Why would anyone limit their sales to only one bookstore? Just recently, Amanda Hocking said, “According to my 1099s, nearly 40% of the money I made in royalties came from Barnes & Noble…. To clarify: All my … Continue reading

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New Story Out Traditional

Last spring sometime I got this wonderful invite from editor Kerrie Hughes to be in an anthology called “Westward Weird.” Right up my sweet spot for writing, since I am from the west and write science fiction and have even … Continue reading

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The New World of Publishing: Following

There is one really bothersome problem I have noticed a great deal in this new world of publishing we all live in. Writers and some publishers blindly follow someone without ever thinking. They hear a piece of advice, whether it … Continue reading

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