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Linky Friday

Published 09/12/2011 by Barb

First an announcement: Stories for Sendai, the charity anthology for the Japanese earthquake, will be on sale until Dec.15. I’m still reading it and hope to review it by then, but I have a busy book-fair week and not much time to read. So hop now to buy your copy before it goes out of print/publish.

Also, Michelle’s books are at 99cents for the month of December if you want to check them out (I recommend Cinders, but I’m biased! ;-)).

Now, to links. A semi-serious post on how to write book jackets for indie authors. Apparently not everything written here is ludicrous, so have a careful look at it – and hey, it’s B&N! πŸ˜‰

Kris Rusch on how to evaluate a trad pub company.

Guest posts between C.S.Splitter and Cambria Hebert – self-publishing vs. trad publishing with a small company.

C.S.Splitter’s short guide to self-publishing, which goes well with IlonaAndrew ‘s post on book cover design and Ruth Ann Nordin’s how to write 4+ quality books a year.

David Gaughran on how a bestselling self-published novel inexplicably disappears from Amazon UK. And I’m still struggling with the whole thing. Yikes.

Literary Lab on research! You know, that thing you’re supposed to do to write better… something I discovered only lately when I decided to write historical novels? πŸ˜‰ Yeah, I’m still struggling with that!

Blood Red Pencil on Kindle and Smashwords quirks. Yeah, we all deal with the MeatGrinder and whatever KDP calls its system…

On agents and editors: Passive Guy, Dean Wesley Smith (on agents) and how we should demand some respect from editors (again Dean Wesley Smith) and hope for a writer-friendly trad publishing (Kris Rusch).

A guest post at Joe Konrath about e-book prices and the adventure of an indie.

Finally Writers Beware destroys some myths on finding agents and publishers.

Hopping off to my book fair… Have a great day! πŸ™‚


Linky Saturday

Published 19/11/2011 by Barb

OK, a few links for your weekend.

David Gaughran on incorporating historical figures into a narrative with a very good example from his own book. He’s also a guest at Joe Konrath’s blog with his own experience.

Dean Wesley Smith links to Penguin’s decision to moving to POD and Joe Konrath acts as Writers Beware on the BookCountry/Penguin deal. Joe is right, no need to pay Penguin and let them grab 30% of your royalties when you can upload your stuff for free and keep earning. Really, how hard can it be to format for those e-retailers? Come on, if technophobe me can do it, so can you! πŸ˜‰ And I have Open Office, not Word, which means I had to adjust to the instructions in the Smashwords formatting guide… I guess the Bix 6 are panicking…

Clarion on promoting without selling – a guest post by Chris Evans. And a very detailed review of free press release sites.

Last but not least, Self-published Author’s Lounge Mari Miniatt on Google+ – you can have your brand page now. But I don’t think I’ll join yet. I have enough with Facebook, Goodreads and this blog! πŸ˜‰

A couple of contests: for you NaNoWriMoers, there’s a contest for your first chapter – and you must send it out now, unedited! Yep, they want it raw. Small cash prizes. Also, Lulu has launched a short story competition which might make you win a Nook or something. If you can write 600 words (I know I can’t! ;-)) go check the contest page.

Also, Creative Reviews is hosting the 1000members giveaway, so if you’re on Goodreads, join the group and enter the giveaway – and don’t worry, if you don’t like ebooks (Soul Stealers is one of the prizes), the other two prices are dead-tree books, signed! πŸ˜€

That’s all from me for this week! Back to writing – although I have a “busy” weekend (meaning I have to socialize, so not much writing can be done, sniff! The Hermit Writer), but hopefully on Monday I’ll be able to print out that first draft and start the revisions. Still have to give it to the alpha-reader at the end of the month, and I need time to do the revisions and re-read it…

Have a great weekend!

Stop the bashing!

Published 12/11/2011 by Barb

I have heard of a secret Goodreads group for authors where the current hot topic is reviewers. I didn’t join because the premise sounded ludicrous: How to deal with broken promises of reviews/interviews with no explanation after sending free reads for that purpose. Should we post these reviewers/blogs/bloggers or not to alert our fellow authors?

Excuse me? OK, it’s only a discussion, but if everybody votes for “yes”, that’s bashing. That’s a group for whining authors who complain about something that didn’t work over which they have no control. It’s like bashing a reviewer who gave a bad review.

Here’s my experience with BoI – Air on Smashwords (which is the easiest place where I can give away freebies to chosen people) where I published it on March 31: Downloads (free sample&paid) 66 – Sold 9Β  – Paid (half-price) 1. Which means the other 8 were given with coupons 100% off to reviewers. Reviews? 4 (and 1 is from the “paid” copy). What happened to the 5 other people who got a free read and never posted a review? Who knows. Maybe they haven’t read it yet (we all know how many ebooks we download to our preferred ereaders, I don’t think anyone can read that fast). Maybe they hated it and would rather not say. I don’t care. I’m not going to say who they are, I’m not even going to ask them “What happened to that review you owe?”.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. Eventually those reviewers will post something or spread the word otherwise. It’s like whining about piracy. I don’t think we need a sort of Writers Beware for Goodreads Authors. Or, if you really want to be an Indie Author Beware place, make it a public group. Stand up and take responsibility, like the ladies at WB do. Or the Self-published Author’s Lounge. Don’t hide behind a secret clique of wannabes.

A last reminder: writers write. They write a book, publish it and start writing the next one. They shouldn’t waste their time whining and bashing online or pretend to be Indie Author Police. Everybody makes mistakes. Get over it and move on. You won’t give free copies to that person again, and that’s it – maybe s/he was mean to you and perfect for someone else… maybe life got in his/her way when s/he was about to read your book. No need to blacklist someone. Move on. We’re all grown-ups here, aren’t we?

on publishing

Published 13/10/2011 by Barb

Michelle pointed me to a series of post by agent Sarah Polla and I’m giving you all the links here. It’s interesting because it’s an agent’s view of self-publishing – and we thought agents didn’t care! πŸ˜‰

Here goes the self-publishing/indie-publishing week at an agent’s blog:

What’s the deal with self-publishing

Interview with Marilyn Peake

Interview with Tracy Marchini

Interview with Karen Amanda Hooper

Interview with Michelle Davidson Argyle

Personally, I’ll stick to my own productions for Silvery Earth, as I don’t think any publisher (big or small) would do both novels and graphic novels – and that’s what Silvery Earth has. So I’m probably better off on my own for that.

But I can always consider other ways for other pseudonyms – even Dean Wesley Smith says we should keep feet in both worlds if we can, after all. But I’ll be able to tell you more about Dean Wesley Smith’s opinion when I get back! πŸ˜‰

So if any of you are still wondering what to do, please check all those very interesting posts… And please, please, please if you choose to self-publish, DON’T go with Publish America! I’ve just found someone on Creative Reviews who even sounds proud of it… where does he live? Ever heard of Writers Beware or Preditors&Editors? Why do writers still fall for vanity presses – in the 21st century? I wish him luck and hope he doesn’t get screwed…

On the Kindle Readers&Writers forum there’s a discussion about writers blogs and you can check your ranking on Alexa. I’m around 5million and change. Oh, well. I still delete those spam comments that tell me I rank low on Google because. Not interested, thank you. Spare me the spam comments and the spam emails – I’ll drive traffic here slowly but steadily, LOL!

You probably know by now that KDP now sends the Kindle books to, but I doubt there are many English readers in French speaking countries (in fact it will probably be as dead as, but whatever! ;-)). Please do check this wonderful article on ebooks in Europe (and why I haven’t bought a single book from Kindle yet – might change if I go through, I’d like to avoid that VAT that increases the price of Kindle books).

And Smashwords/Apple iBookstore expanded their distribution, but I tried to find my stuff on Apple Italy and couldn’t search by author (and couldn’t find any of my titles)… so maybe it’s early. Or maybe it’s just me who can’t use Apple Apps! πŸ˜‰ (I have only i-Nothing, LOL)

You can also upload your books on Indie Aisle, although I’m not sure how it works yet. It’s not free like Feed Books (i.e. you can set a price), so it’s probably very close to Smashwords – except it doesn’t distribute. Dunno, haven’t opened an account there yet, so if somebody has, please share! πŸ™‚

Links and introducing Indie Publishing Week

Published 19/03/2011 by Barb

Wow, another week gone. Geez. So, lots of links this time. First guidelines (genre writers, I’m afraid).

Daily Science Fiction (and fantasy – mostly flash fiction, delivered daily to your inbox) – submission guidelines.

Angry Robot is open to unsolicited submissions (SF/F/H only) for this month only – you have another 10 days to check the guidelines and submit.

Writerly advice!

Literary Lab on one sentence about your book. The good and the bad.

Blood-Red Pencil about dealing with fear of criticism & rejection. I have no advice here, so please check them.

Other writer-related things!

Colleen Doran points to a Newspaper Guild call for strike against Huffington Post – and how being featured there hasn’t really helped her.

Blood-Red Pencil again about Days of Kindle. On the same topic, Nathan Bransford on Amanda Hocking and more Kindle thoughts. It’s been months since I visited Nathan’s blog, but these were mentioned in Rachelle Gardner’s posts about publishing myths part 1, part 2 and part 3

Smashwords on DRM – noticed the neat new badge on my sidebar? πŸ˜‰

On INDIE publishing in the words of

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Ruth Ann Nordin at Self-published author’s lounge.

Yours truly will entertain you on the topic the whole of next week, as I’ve taken if off Day Job to concentrate on the production of Books of the Immortals – Air. I’d post my schedule now, but maybe it’s better at the end of next week, to check if I’ve done everything and in the order I’ve written it! πŸ˜‰ Just know it’s handwritten… maybe I’ll scan it during next week, if I have a very short post! πŸ˜€

As I will also be working on a web page, in the meantime I thought I’d update the blog in a more professional way, as suggested by good Michelle in her post about 5 basic things every writer’s blog should have. It’s a little late to change the blog title, but did you notice the differences?

Final link – if you’d like to see me making a fool of myself, just hop off to Shafali’s blog, where she did the caricature of my Muse… Some day I’ll have to discover who HER muse is and present her with a drawing! πŸ˜‰

Have a great weekend!

More links and a new upload!

Published 15/03/2011 by Barb

Busy weekend and Monday afternoon with all the Six Sentence Sunday snippets to read and those pro-blogs to check. Here’s the list of posts worth checking!

Amanda Hocking in her own words and as seen by Jim C.Hines.

Books&Such agents give advice on self-publishing – and it’s not that bad! πŸ˜‰

Dean Wesley Smith is starting a new series to teach us indie writers too think like a publisher. I will follow it eagerly (even if some things won’t apply to me as I’m not American, meh! :-()! πŸ˜€

Finally Self-Published Author’s Lounge on writers personalities. I didn’t watch the videos, but I know I’m Miss Melancholy (I even wrote a story with that title… I even had a young friend doing the shojo manga version more than ten years ago…).

Last suggestion came from David Farland – he mentioned Dramatica. So for all you Plotters out there, check this Writer’s Companion (the link goes to where you can download the comic book of how it works). If you’re a Pantser like me, you won’t need it! πŸ˜‰

Now let me announce the new upload on Smashwords, a short story that is a prequel to the upcoming Books of the Immortals – AIR (which I just got back from my editor, hopefully I will be able to put it out there at the beginning of April – next week I’m meeting with the artist for the cover). BUT it’s also my attempt at erotica, so don’t read if it offends it! πŸ˜‰ In this story sex is only for lust, and love has nothing to do with it… and it’s a sad story… Maybe I’ll put six sentences up sometime. It’s a short story, so it’s free. Download your copy of Tarun, if you don’t mind the sex.

p.s. This post was written yesterday afternoon. Two hours before going live, I checked my Smashwords – Tarun is the most downloaded of my short stories! Over 100 download in less than 24 hours! It took a week for Starblazer to reach that number (and Jessamine is barely halfway there)! I guess erotica has a lot of followers after all… but I’m afraid it’s NOT my main genre! 😦

Saturday links

Published 05/03/2011 by Barb

February is gone, the shortest month of the year… but I found many interesting posts this week, so let’s get down to business!

Dean Wesley Smith on the history of novel length and what is expected in the new world of publishing! Personally, I struggled to bring my novels to 90.000words, so I’m very happy I can now indie-publish and write as long (or as short) as I want! πŸ˜€ He also gives e-book pricing suggestions that absolutely match my idea (price according to length)…

Joe Konrath explain how to monetize on your properties, by doing multiple e-editions etc.

Agent Rachelle Gardner is very reassuring for those writers afraid to hit “send”. Don’t be afraid, believe in yourself, and you’ll be all right! πŸ™‚

Rights of Writers has an extensive post on Publishing Agreements – the good, the bad, the ugly, anything, really! May I say that legalese is one of the things that pushed me toward self-publishing, so I don’t have to sign any of those ever? πŸ˜‰ But I’ve added Keep Your Copyrights to the Useful Links For Writers, just in case…

Clarion has a guest post about… fan mail! Check it, it’s really also for unpublished authors! πŸ˜‰

I found the Wicked Writers, and suggest you check their week’s posts on motivation… Then switch off the internet and go back to writing! πŸ™‚

Michelle Davidson Argyle mentions the loneliness of self-publishing. That doesn’t scare me, I’m used to it. πŸ˜€

Literary Lab asks if your fiction has a comfort zone… and Cat Woods shows us how NOT to be passive – which I still will not apply to my passive co-protagonist in Water! πŸ˜‰

Happy writing and have a great weekend!

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