E-book Sales Aren’t Falling – Fortune

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In the latest case of “don’t believe everything you read,” the New York Times recently published another attempted hatchet job on Amazon, though it was an indirect hatchet job. As if they haven’t proved, time and again, that they’re a shill for “big publishing”, they decided to trot out some sales figures that appear to show a decline in the sales of e-books.

Except, they forgot one thing. We’re not idiots.

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Nat RussoE-book Sales Aren’t Falling – Fortune

7 Points To Remember About Publishing

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Elephants Never Forget

I’d like to share another article with you that Joe Konrath dropped on his blog yesterday. He points out seven things we each need to remember about this writing and publishing gig, and they’re spot on. Click the link below for the original article.

Source: A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: A Gentle Reminder

Nat Russo7 Points To Remember About Publishing

The Cost of Self-Publishing

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There is a long-standing myth that not only does self-publishing cost an arm and a leg, but that the risks far outweigh the benefit. 

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This myth has been debunked so many times, yet it keeps cropping up. In fact, as recently as three days ago, I took part in a Facebook conversation on this very topic. Much heated discussion was had, and it became apparent that facts weren’t heavy enough to outweigh emotions. Even after revealing my itemized list of costs for publishing Necromancer Awakening, I was flat-out told I was either forgetting something, or being outright deceitful. It was as if people wanted to hear that self-publishing is prohibitively expensive!

Well, guess what? It’s not.

I was pleased to get a notification today from Joe Konrath’s blog (linked below). He and Barry Eisler tackle this very issue in today’s post. It’s well worth the read.

Source: A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Zombie Publishing Meme #4: Self-Publishing is Costly and Risky; Legacy Publishing is Guaranteed and Free.

Nat RussoThe Cost of Self-Publishing

Guest Post: Andy Peloquin

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I’d like to extend a warm welcome today to Andy Peloquin, writer extraordinaire, hot wing aficionado, Selena Gomez fan, and overall very tall guy (he’s 6’6″!).  Andy joins us today on the launch of his latest novel, The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer. He gives us a personal reminder of why we, as writers, cannot afford to be anti-social. We are all too susceptible to shrink away from society and work on our writing. But we hurt ourselves (and our writing careers) by doing so.

Speaking of Blade of the Destroyer, just look at this gorgeous cover!

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From the Jacket:

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.

When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?


 

Before we get to Andy’s insightful post, I’d like to let you know where you can purchase a copy of Blade of the Destroyer:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book-ebook/dp/B012EI9M4A/

Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book/dp/1515038955/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25269614-blade-of-the-destroyer

Now, let’s hear from Andy himself!

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Hashtag Blindness 3: Electric Jamboree

Nat Russo Humor, Twitter 7 Comments

In a world…where people tweet with hashtags, and other people fail to read them, there can be only one outcome.

HASHTAG BLINDNESS

From the makers of Hashtag Blindness Part 1 and Hashtag Blindness Part 2, comes the explosive conclusion1, Hashtag Blindness 3: Electric Jamboree: On Twitter, No One Can Hear You Scream: Redemption: Age of Irony.2

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Not an actual conclusion. This crazy train never stops.

2 Subtitle tested well with the male, 20.5 – 21 year old, stoned, neckbeard demographic.

Read on, for the extended trailer.

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A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Konrath Kindle Unlimited Numbers

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Joe Konrath, indie author and trailblazer of independent publishing, offers his insight into the new payout structure of Kindle Unlimited. 

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Under KU 1.0, Amazon was rewarding writers for enrolling in KDP Select. Amazon wanted as many titles as possible, to build their Kindle Unlimited catalog. Shorts are easier and faster to write than novels, so Amazon rewarded short stories by paying authors much higher for shorter works, way out of proportion with novels and with the paper short story market, in order to get more titles into KU so it appealed to more subscribers.

Under KU 2.0, Amazon is rewarding writers for being good writers. Amazon wants writers to hook readers for longer than 10% of the ebook. Amazon wants good, meaty novels, which my numbers point to readers liking more than shorts.

Click the source link below for the full article.

Source: A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Konrath Kindle Unlimited Numbers

Nat RussoA Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Konrath Kindle Unlimited Numbers

Kindle Unlimited Scores a Knockout – The Wayfinder – Hugh C. Howey

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Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey – Photo by Amber Lyda

 

After 40 days in the Kindle Unlimited program, and after going through my first royalty statement that includes KU pagereads, I have a few observations. First, a little background for the uninitiated: Over a year ago, Amazon launched an ebook subscription service known as Kindle Unlimited. For $9.95 a month, readers could enjoy unlimited access to over a…

Source: Kindle Unlimited Scores a Knockout – The Wayfinder – Hugh C. Howey

Nat RussoKindle Unlimited Scores a Knockout – The Wayfinder – Hugh C. Howey

Har! How to Deal with Book Piracy | Nicholas C. Rossis

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If you’ve followed me on social media long enough, you’ve likely heard me repeat the words of Neil Gaiman when it comes to piracy: “Piracy is not the enemy of writers. Obscurity is.”

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction,  the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books.

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children’s books.

 

I’ve noticed a surge of “piracy” lately, judging by recent interactions with my readers. Check out Nicholas’s full article (the link is below) for why I put “piracy” in quotes. It’s usually not what you think it is. And, if it is what you think it is…so what?

Source: Har! How to Deal with Book Piracy | Nicholas C. Rossis

Nat RussoHar! How to Deal with Book Piracy | Nicholas C. Rossis

If You Like It Then You Should Have Glued Some Gears On It | mishaburnett

Nat Russo Opinion, Publishing, Writers

I read this article from my friend Misha Burnett a few minutes ago and had to pass it along to my readers. Misha breaks down his dislike of the genre system and makes some brilliant points as to why it hurts more than helps. He’s going to be categorizing his fiction as Slipstream from now on, a word I admittedly have never heard in this context until tonight.

I think the continued fracturing of genres is leading to a lot of unnecessary confusion.

 

Source: If You Like It Then You Should Have Glued Some Gears On It | mishaburnett

Nat RussoIf You Like It Then You Should Have Glued Some Gears On It | mishaburnett