Thursday, March 29, 2012

Much of what I will do here will be to provide links to publishing and writing information and occasionally add a little (a very little) insight myself.  I don't want waste your time with my blather.  These posts won't quite be twitter short but probably FB short or FB+.  Only sometimes will I get into detailed discussions of a subject or two.  But I promise to have links for those posts as well.  If only because when I read my daily Publisher's Lunch Deluxe email (everyone who self publishes needs to cough up the $20/mo for the subscription), they could have had the most brilliant, insightful, game changing commentary but I will still rush through to the bottom where their links are.  I don't think that's a comment on their writing-- just that the eyes naturally go to links in the internet age. (<--See--truly insightful and brilliant stuff!! Links matter for the internet-- I must be the first person to have thot that thot.)

Moving on.

This article is cool for a number of reasons.  My favorite, tho, is that India had one of the lowest percentages of people surveyed that said they would never try an ebook.  Yes, there were other countries, but India is an English market so, yay, no translator required!

And this one truly did affect my life.  I have quite a few titles under a number of different pen names so it was understandably freaky when ALL of them lost their buy buttons.  Everyone was trying to figure out the pattern of who lost buttons but there didn't seem to be any.  Kindle only, but across genre, fic and non-fic, trad and indie, KDP and non.  Who knows what algorithm got tinkered with to produce that craziness (and lost income for all parties).  I doubt Amazon will reimburse us.  Just sayin'.

Okay, this one isn't writing or publishing related.  It's just funny.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Modest #s can still mean Hollywood comes calling

There are some wonderful things happening in the world of indie publishing, which I will do a better job of documenting here. But this was something beautiful I read today in the LA Times about indie books getting optioned for movies. Truly, you don't need an agent or big publisher for this to happen to you as Lisa Grace had it happen to her.  But the numbers are the exciting thing.

Here is an awesomesauce paragraph referring to Daughters of Smoke and Bone:

"Universal Pictures ended up paying $1 million for exclusive rights over the next several years to try to adapt it into a movie, a figure that industry professionals say is stunning for a title that has sold a very modest 22,692 copies."

Amazing, huh? That is modest as any self respecting kindleboards lurker will tell you.

Don't believe this could happen to you? Well, here is the kindleboards thread with Lisa Grace telling us about her book being optioned (checks cashed and all). She isn't in the Kindle Million Club like Amanda Hocking (whose Trylle series is being developed for film) but she is just as indie as Amanda used to be.

Anyway, hope for us all.