Category Archives: Publishing Misadventures

Cross Linked Blog Posts

Just in case anyone got notices about a new blog post … twice … only to find nothing here, I had been posting a rather personal blog entry on a different website, but it accidentally ended up here.

And when I went to correct it and put it where it was supposed to be … it ended up here, again.

Yeah. Great. Oh well, it wasn’t anything dirty … just not something I meant to put on my writing blog.

Writing update: I’m still writing. One finished manuscript still cooling and I’m hopping between multiple other manuscripts, following which one I happen to be interested in at the time.

Kindle Wins

I have two eBooks that sell fairly well on Amazon for their Kindle ebook readers, but over the last year the same two books have faltered and hardly sold anything on the Barnes & Noble Nook platform.

Amazon has tempted me over and over to publish exclusively with them for added benefits and earnings, and given the poor state of the Nook books, I went ahead and yanked the Nook ones off the market and signed up with Amazon for an exclusive deal.

It’s not forever, I’m just going to try it out and see what happens. The disadvantage is that the Nook version also worked perfectly well for the Apple iBook reader, but being that the sales were … well, a no show … it doesn’t really matter.

Except that I know how things work in this wacky Universe we live in. Now that I’ve done that, I’m going to have complaints from Nookies (yes, that the official term for a Nook ebook enthusiast) that they can’t read my books.

No fear. Anyone out there with a Nook who wants to read Eleven Days on Earth, or God, Time, Perception and Sexy Androids, just leave a message below, or send me an email, and I’ll hook you up.

By the way, I scored one of those Kindle Paperwhites. I freaking love it. It blows the Nook glowstick or whatever it’s called right out of the park.

Kindle wins.

Big Win for Independent e-Book Publishers

Macmillan strong-armed Amazon into raising prices on big press versions of e-books.  I disagree with Amazon’s optimism that other major publishers won’t follow Macmillan — I think they will.

Amazon’s Kindle Team says, “We don’t believe that all of the major publishers will take the same route as Macmillan. And we know for sure that many independent presses and self-published authors will see this as an opportunity to provide attractively priced e-books as an alternative.”

That is exactly what I’ve been thinking.  Let the major publishers raise e-book prices. It’s already established that lower priced e-books sell far, far better, and there’s more to be made from the volume sales.  Big publishing’s big prices will drive price-conscious e-book readers to try reading lesser known small press titles.

Being that I’m starting to venture myself into small press e-book publishing, this is all good news to me.

The Future of Short Fiction

fb-button2“Facebook says more than 65 million people around the world now regularly use a mobile device to access the social network, more than triple the number who connected through a smart-phone or other mobile device nine months ago.”

This was a quote from this morning’s SiliconValley.com‘s First Edition.

Indicators for over the last year have pointed to mobile web devices surging to become, if not the most used Internet viewing device, then at least a major rival to traditional laptops and desktop computers.  This is why about 6 months ago, convinced that if anyone is going to read short fiction, they’re going to do it online — and on a mobile device — I set up FoneFic.com.

It hasn’t taken off.  And people I quiz about it (not writers, but normal everyday people who read books) their eyes kind of glaze over, and I get the impression that they’re not really interested.  My idea for the mobile fiction site is somewhat interesting, but not the short fiction itself.  And not specifically the short fiction I have featured, but the idea of short stories in general.

So I have to ask myself … am I just ahead of the curve?  Or is short fiction actually dead?