Got a positive review from fellow author (and friend) H.P. Holo. She’s gentle on me, considering I haven’t killed her husband (and fellow author) Jacob Holo yet. (He won a contest to have a warship named after him at Libertycon. Gotta love Con fam!)
There have been several developments in the indie publishing world as of late:
First, Draft 2 Digital is making a major effort to establish themselves as a major distributor competing with Amazon’s behemoth. A few weeks ago, there was the announcement of a new audiobook service that, unlike Audible, does not have a sliding royalty scale based on exclusivity. As someone who sells at cons, you best believe that caught my attention as I could theoretically get CDs pressed to sell at the booth and still have my books distributed on Audible, Itunes, etc.. No, I haven’t looked into it yet as I’ve been a mite busy, but I’ll probably get around to it soon.
The second step that Draft2Digital took was to link up with Overdrive. If you don’t know what Overdrive is, a short synopsis is here. The Passive Voice gives his opinion here, and a couple of folks chime in their opinions via comments. I’ve already clicked my 2 books through Draft2Digital onto Overdrive–I’ll let you know if there’s a big difference in my sales.
These changes are big news for those who are considering “going wide” and eschewing KDP’s exclusive agreement. Why would someone do this, given that KULL will pay you for page lends? Well, perhaps because there’s been a rush of articles on how KULL’s pot (which is fixed) is being scammed, clickfarmed, and otherwise cheated in a way that hurts honest authors. This blog, in particular, got widespread attention among indie authors and content sites. Although I think there are completely legitimate ways that an author can bottle lightning and suddenly have a whole bunch of page views, I can see the author’s larger point that this looks suspicious as hell.
In any case, Amazon has announced that they are revamping the way borrowed pages are counted. If you’re in the KDP program, you should probably check your book’s pages and monitor to see if the new platform changes your page counts. Hopefully, this makes scamming the system far less lucrative, and also allows honest authors to have higher payments.
I found this site through a happenstance discussion of another author. If you’re an indie, this might prove helpful when looking for someone to compare yourself too in a given genre.
I was reviewed by Comic Pop Library. Hilarity ensued!
“Come on, even your Mom admits she was a stuck up know it all in high school who liked breaking people’s hearts.”
“I swear officer, I just don’t know what happened. One moment I was surfing classmates…next thing I know, I’ve tossed some security guy off the helipad and I’m ripping ol’ Horatio’s clothes off in front of an interview crew.”
“The damn hogs are getting out of control.”
“I got it, I got it. I’m just saying, put a roof on the damn drop pen before you shoot, okay? They’ll be just as dead if the blast goes _out_ rather than _up_. Slap some ball bearings around the bait drum and things will still be right as rain.”
The other household author’s book, The Glowstone Journey, is now available for pre-order! Check it out here.
Just got through with Planet Comic Con. Good show, lots of new and old fans. If you’re just checking in from a panel or having grabbed my business card, feel free to poke around. The tags below should let you find things fairly easily with regards to writing, promoting, and other thing of interest to independent authors. Happy reading!