Okay, summary of the weekend! First, apparently there was a petition to support Europe’s creators, although IMHO it’s mostly for filmmakers, but I guess it’s for writers too. Not sure, didn’t sign in time, haha. Although I probably wouldn’t have signed it anyway – I did sign an online petition once, and I started receiving spam messages from that site. I took out my signature and unsubscribed from the site. I didn’t want this one to be the same (although the other one was Italian, hehe) and I don’t believe in petitions much. Signatures never changed the world, did they?
From the Fair’s newsletter: Italy is a country where 55% of the population doesn’t read – not even one book in one year. So no wonder my Italian pen-name doesn’t sell. By the end of 2012 only 3% of the population will read e-books. Pretty low, huh? They give this data for the US (feel free to correct them if you know better) – in the US 19% of adult (over 18) population uses e-readers, and as many read on tablets. The number of people reading e-books has grown to 21% of adult population and they read not only on Kindle (41%), but also on multitasking devices (29% i-Phone, 23% tablet). Are you still wondering why my main writing production is in English?
The only very interesting panel was the interview with Greg Sung, founder of Anobii. Apparently Anobii has a very strong community in Italy and the UK – so all Italian readers are on Anobii. Unfortunately the poor guy was squeezed between Camilleri (whose panel ended late) and someone else as important, so his speaking time was reduced to 40 minutes instead of one hour, therefore I couldn’t ask him to elaborate more on his social network – like, can a writer become an Anobii Author (like on Goodreads) or is it just for readers? Because if it’s just for readers, I’m not copying my bookshelves from GR to Anobii, I’m already overwhelmed as is!
Now, about other writerly topics! An unmissable post about Indie Publishing in 2013: Why We Can’t Party Like It’s 2009. Please check also the comments, it’s a very good overview of how things changed in the past 4 years – heck, even since last year. I noticed changes in sales (like “free” not being so strong anymore), although personally I have almost the same number of sales on Amazon and Smashwords (as of November 2012 – December started very well on Kindle US, nothing on Smashwords yet), and don’t use Facebook to market. The article mentions changes both for Amazon and Facebook, so it’s really worth your reading time – if you’re a writer, that is!
Writing World has an excellent article on pen names or pseudonyms, if you’re considering getting one – or three. You know why I chose to write under pen names (different genres, different languages, and impossible real family name), but there’s a good list of other people who do so, including famous ones. And don’t forget to subscribe to their newsletter, if you haven’t already! They even have The Writer’s Year Datebook & Planner for your writerly 2013!
Now, I wish I had time to check more blogs and chat more about writing, but I’ve just come back from the oculist and my eyes are still failing me – so forgive the typos today… I’m off to edit Six Months, as I had a beta-reader reading it during the weekend, plus heard from Mighty Editor as well, which means I’ve got work to do! Happy writing!