A new week, and more stuff popping up around the ‘net:
â€¢ Best story of last week was this fascinating look at Amazon’s book sellers and what happens when auto-pricing goes wildâ€”Amazonâ€™s $23,698,655.93 book about flies, by Michael Eisen.
â€¢ Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written an update of her investigation into trade publishers reported ebook sales. If you have any work with a commercial publisher, you will really want to catch up on this issue, because it seems pretty clear at this point that ebook sales are not being counted or reported correctly to writers. If you missed the original report, read it here.
â€¢ Self-published authors sweat over how to write a good blurb for their books, because when you’re doing it all yourself, that means you do the marketing and PR as well. Over at IndieIQ, Dan Holloway has a guest post called “Think Yourself Into the Box”, where he tries to educate other writers on the art of the blurb (and his information applies to pitches for traditional publishing too).
â€¢ Should you self-publish or go with a conventional trade publisher? Christopher David Petersen has an opinion on that and he shares his thoughts here. His idea? Both, of course, but he thinks you should self-publish first.
Check the resources tab above and let me know if there are useful sites that I should add. I’m not trying to have a comprehensive list of every possible site, but I want to be able to quickly find the top few in each category. Let me know if you have thoughts or additions for the page. That’s it for me today. I’ll report on my story progress later this week.