It’s (finally) time for another link round-up, where you can find everything interesting written about digital publishing in the past (two) week(s), in addition to getting your FDA recommended daily dose of parentheses.
- First up is J.A. Konrath, who is quickly (much to his own chagrin, I suspect) becoming an icon in digital self-publishing. Previously published traditionally, he’s now begun releasing his work over Amazon’s Kindle service with some startling results.
- Similarly, Michael A. Stackpole took the digital publishing plunge back in April, re-releasing his fantasy novel, Talion: Revenant, through his own online store and Amazon’s Kindle. To make matters more interesting, he’s also running a challenge: once he’s sold 10,000 copies, he’ll write the sequel. At last count, he was at 27 copies sold… Michael, I know the feeling.
- At She Writes, Shawna Kenney and Cara Bruce offer their own experience on starting an indie publishing label. Although they appear to be working in print rather than digital, their piece nevertheless offers some valuable tidbits, especially since both authors were traditionally published before striking out on their own.
- Sadly, I missed William H. Johnson on LitChat’s Indie Author Showcase, which he was all fired up about. The good news is that you can find a transcript of his appearance on the show right here.
- Cheryl Anne Gardner is not a brand! Damn it. She’s a writer, and she’s got some mighty important things to say about obscurity and how we as indie writers interact with readers. The quick take-away is that we should be friendly and treat our readers like people because no one enjoys bad advertising and the door-to-door salesman routine just doesn’t work.
- On that note, Publetariat has 6 Common Publishing and Marketing Mistakes. A lot of this sounds like common sense, which is how good advice usually sounds, I think.
- D. Nathan Hilliard talks a bit about the trouble with POD pricing at A Dark and Stormy Blog. It’s a big problem, and unless POD services bring their prices down, I just don’t see it as a viable avenue for independents.
- Peter Nowak shares some impressively even-handed views on traditional publishing and digital self-publishing in his article, In defense of traditional book publishing. He paints a good picture of where things are right now, and it’s definitely worth a read.
- Ruth Ann Nordin writes on The Audacity of Admitting You Self-Publish. It’s a thought provoking and heart-felt article that also touches on the relationship indie authors need to develop with their readers, and I agree with her 102%.
- Finally, have you read Vengar? It’s a mighty fine little piece of goofiness in a world that’s too often grim and serious. Grab a copy and sit down with a nice cool lemonade; your brain will thank you… and so will I.
Alright, that was one exceptionally long link round-up. I think I’m going to take some of my own advice and grab a lemonade. Join me back here later this week for some babble on the subject of gatekeepers.
~Chris J. Randolph