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Oh wow. Amazon is opening its own publishing house. I'm
talking traditional publishing, people. In case you've missed
the news this week, they selected former Time Warner Book
Group CEO and current literary agent Larry Kirshbaum to rev
up the Amazon publishing arena.
Amazon sure picked the right name for itself, didn't it?
It's taking over the world!
No, it's not bad. No, it's not grand. It is what it is.
Amazon has the platform to sell the books, why not get into
publishing them? They've been highly successful with Create
Space and Kindle, so why not show the big boy publishing
houses that they can compete traditionally as well?
Okay, what I don't want people to do is what happened when
AuthorHouse opened, when CreateSpace opened, when Smashwords
and all other ebook companies opened. I don't want to see
people turn like a school of fish, all in one direction
toward the new kid on the block.
I'm tickled to see it. In my eyes, it puts him back amongst
the rank and file, infusing a common sense to the self-pubbing
ebook conversation. He tells you it ain't just about throwing
a book into a computer file on Amazon's server.
An online group of indie booksellers called for a ban of his
books. Because he aligned himself with Amazon. While I run hot
and cold about JA Konrath, in this situation I believe Indie's
are shooting themselves in the foot. Konrath is a huge indie
supporter and sang the praises of brick-and-mortar bookstores
when he performed his legendary marathon trek cross-country
to promote himself. He connected with bookstore employees more
than the readers, because bookstore employees are the best
book and author advocates.
"They're (Amazon) the new publisher on the block. But they're
already doing it better than anyone else.
Amazon will continue to publish more and more authors, because
the major publishers are making a lot of major mistakes and a
lot of writers are getting hurt by the Big 6.
So my question to indie bookstores is: When other authors sign
with Amazon, and they will, are you going to boycott them as
well? What happens when it is a major, bestselling author? Is
this how you service your customers, by limiting the amount of
choice they have?"
"I'm not the enemy. Neither is Amazon. The threat to bookstores
is a technology that is rapidly being embraced by readers.
I didn't invent ebooks. But for the first time in my writing
career, I'm making a comfortable living because of them. So
are many other authors. This doesn't make us bad. It doesn't
make us anti-bookstore. It just makes us human."
He almost makes my point. There isn't one right way for all
writers. Do NOT follow other authors in how they publish.
Instead, study all the options. An author who makes five
figures on Kindle might have an online presence you don't.
A traditional author might write better than you. Another
author might enjoy the casual relationship of a small press
so his book can remain active longer, giving him more time
to make sales.
No two situations are alike. Don't be a sheep, a fish, or
anything else that darts and follows the group who shoulder-to-
shoulder fight to publish and get famous like everyone else.
You know why?
Because that group is not getting famous.
Or haven't you noticed?
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge
is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination
embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know
~ Albert Einstein ~
SUCCESS OF THE WEEK
I receive your newsletter and it has continued to give me
energy to continue my search for a publisher. At long last,
All Things That Matter Press took me and now Bled Out is
published. Info about me and the book can be found at my
website - www.laughathorror.com and on Amazon and my publisher's
website - www.allthingsthatmatterpress.com. Thank you.
Part 2: YOUR ONLINE HOME:
Why an Author Needs an Impressive Website
By Shaila Abdullah
This is the second half of the article on the elements of
a robust author site.
Engage and Interact
In today's world, where social media can make or break an
entire nation, an author needs website elements that offer
visitors a chance to interact and chat with them in real
time. Authors would benefit from having an additional six
items on their website:
An active blog where you post once a week or at least twice
An e-mail subscription form allowing visitors to get on the
author's mailing list
Recent comments from the author's Facebook page
Recent feed from the author's Twitter account
Link to Red Room, Goodreads and/or other book networking sites
Social media bookmarking on each page enabling visitors to
quickly reach, post or share their favorite pages
If I were forced to choose only one item from the list above,
I would go for the e-mail subscription form. Just from having
that one form on my site, my fan list experienced a 400%
increase over a two-year period. Having a freebie associated
with signup helps engage visitors quickly. Besides, e-mail
campaign managers like Vertical Response make it virtually
pain-free to generate a form and manage subscriptions. You
only pay when you send out a mailing, and the cost of the
service is minimal.
Search Engine Optimization
Hidden behind your website are codes that, when programmed
correctly by your website designer, contain keywords and
description of your site. These meta elements help search
engines categorize your website accurately. Don't forget to
submit your site to search engines after it has been launched.
A professional designer will take care of that without being
asked. Have Google Analytics installed on your site to help
you see how many visitors visit your site, where they come
from, how long they stay, and which search terms they used
in order to reach your site.
A media kit is essential to have on your website if you want
reporters to gather information on you quickly and effortlessly.
A good media kit contains an author's bio, a sell sheet for
each book, links to press releases and book reviews, a Q&A
or link to interviews, and high-resolution pictures of the
author and book covers.
The jury is out on this one. There are pluses and minuses to
having your complete contact info readily available on your
The upside is that those looking to engage you for interviews,
events or speeches will be able to contact you easily. One
client of mine had a top-notch agent contact her unasked
thanks to her online contact information.
The downside is being inundated with fan (or even hate) mail,
especially, if you are a famous author or have recently caused
a stir. You might not wish to receive midnight phone calls
from an overzealous fan. Famous authors often opt to post the
contact information of publicists and agents. At the very least,
an e-mail address or a contact form should be available on the
websites of new or mid-range authors.
Remember, your website is your online home. Invest in it wisely
and demand a look that highlights your best. You are worth it.
There will be 10 shortlisted entrants who will be notified
by the end of September 2011. Shortlisted entrants will
receive free accommodation plus 50 euro expenses. It is a
condition of entry that all finalists will be available to
read their work in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, on the night of
Friday, November 11, 2011, during which the winners will be
announced. In certain circumstances, the Coordinator and
judges may consider an alternate reader. Maximum 80 lines.
Deadline August 31, 2011.
ROOM MAGAZINE'S 2011 FICTION, POETRY AND CREATIVE NON-FICTION CONTEST http://www.roommagazine.com/contest/
ENTRY FEE $30 (CANADA) / $42 (U.S./INTERNATIONAL)
Room is currently accepting submissions from women for its
2011 Annual Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest.
First prize in each category: $500, 2nd prize: $250, plus
winners will be published in the summer 2012 issue of Room.
Entries will be judged by: Amber Dawn (fiction), Elizabeth
Bachinsky (poetry) and Susan Juby (creative non-fiction).
Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Canada's oldest
literary journal by and about women. Online submission option
makes entering quick and easy. Deadline: July 15, 2011.
EMERGENCY PRESS INTERNATIONAL BOOK CONTEST http://www.emergencypress.org/contest.html
$20 ENTRY FEE
We are now accepting submissions of book-length manuscripts
for our 2011 contest. We are especially interested in books
that are cross-genre or multimedia. To be considered,
manuscripts should be written in English, but may be submitted
by writers from any nation or tribe. The winner will receive
a prize of $1,000 and publication of their book by Emergency
Press. Deadline July 1, 2011.
Learning sound money habits.
Living on a variable income.
Setting up your books.
Basic bookkeeping and recordkeeping
Creating a financial outline for your business
Hiring professional help.
Working with a balance sheet
Pricing your artwork
CALIFORNIA STORY FUND http://www.calhum.org
Funds genuine and compelling stories from and about
California's diverse communities and ensures that those
stories can be shared widely. Open to proposals for story-
based projects that are informed by humanities perspectives,
methods and content, that reveal the realities of California
and its cultures, peoples, and histories, and that will be
of interest to local, statewide, and potentially national
and global audiences. Applicants must have tax-exempt status
or a fiscal sponsor with tax-exempt status. Grants up to
$10,000; must be matched by at least an equivalent
contribution of non-federal funds or in-kind services.
Receipt Deadline: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 5:00 pm.
CREATESPACE SEEKS BOOK EDITORS http://www.createspace.com http://portland.craigslist.org/yam/wri/2392898660.html
CSP is currently recruiting freelance editors to join our
outsourced team. Potential applicants must be detail-oriented
self-starters comfortable working independently, while
adhering to strict deadlines and specifications. The most
qualified candidates will have at least five years book-
editing and will be familiar with current industry standards.
All applicants must be comfortable with Chicago Manual of
Style 15th ed., proficient in Microsoft Word's track changes
feature, and comfortable with using the Internet. Payment is
based per assignment, per word count and is processed monthly
with the option for direct deposit or check. For details
about the design services that CreateSpace offers, interested
applicants should review CreateSpace Service offerings at www.createspace.com, focusing on Basic Copy Editing and
Comprehensive Copy Editing services. To be preselected
candidates will submit samples of book covers and interiors,
their portfolio, and current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line:
Freelance Editorial Application for CreateSpace - 312POR
HEALTH MAGAZINE http://www.health.com/health/service/about
Unbiased, accurate information issues--not just the clinical
facts--on a wide range of health issues. Accurate, trusted,
up-to-date health and medical information, for consumers.
We focus on problem-solving content to help you make
decisions during complicated, stressful times. We write in
plain English, using real-life examples. Query with resume
and writing samples. Email email@example.com . Features vary
in length while columns are around 800 words. Email for
detailed writers guidelines. None on website. Pays $1-$1.50/
word. 33% kill fee. Practical, service-oriented ideas are
best to break in.
MADCAP PLAYERS http://www.madcapplayers.com
Theatre in Washington, DC seeks plays of any length for
consideration for future productions. Plays of all styles
and genres are welcome; unproduced plays preferred.
Deadline: May 31, 2011.
Location Boise, ID http://jobview.usajobs.gov/getjob.aspx?JobID=99590543
Deadline May 30, 2011. Agency Bureau of Land Management.
If selected, your duties will include: performing final
editing reviews of materials including letters and briefing
papers, manuals, handbooks, prepared by specific staffs and
deputy areas to ensure clear expression on intent and
consistency with goals and guidance issued; participating
in preparation of reports and briefings representing the
Project Managers views and policy; maintaining correspondence
files; preparing and maintaining reports and electronic files
on status of project correspondence.
FREELANCE COPY EDITOR
Location New York, NY http://www.ed2010.com/jobs/whisperjobs/2011/05/new-york-weddings-freelance-copy-editor
New York Weddings, a biannual publication of New York
Magazine, is seeking a freelance copy editor to work on
its Winter 2012 issue. The position demands approximately
30-40 hours per week (or as needed), from July 6-Sept. 15.
The ideal candidate will have between 1 and 3 years' copy-
editing experience, although we will consider entry-level
candidates who demonstrate an exceptional knowledge of and
interest in copy editing. On a side note: There are
opportunities to write, should the copy editor also wish
to secure clips.
Location Brookhaven, MS http://www.mspress.org/jobbank.cfm
We are looking for talented individuals wanting to sink their
teeth into community journalism while living in one of
Mississippi's best small towns. Our five-day daily is a
consistently top award-winning publication with a history
of community building. Our staff writers are involved in
all aspects of the business, from covering city and county
government to police beats to good ole human-interest stories.
SCRIBE AGENCY http://www.scribeagency.com/submissions.html
We are open to most fiction genres and nonfiction. 18 percent
are new authors. Nonfiction interests: cooking, diet, nutrition,
ethnic, gay/lesbian, humor, memoirs, pop culture, satire,
women's issues. Fiction interests: detective, erotica, fantasy,
experimental, feminist, gay, horror, humor, lesbian, literary,
mainstream, mystery, psychic, sci-fi, thriller.
VICTORIA SANDERS & ASSOCIATES http://www.victoriasanders.com/
Victoria Sanders & Associates LLC represents writers of
both fiction and non-fiction. We are always interested
in new material and welcome all genres to the fold. We
approach each work that stirs us, whether memoir,
commercial women's fiction, socio-political nonfiction,
thrillers, humorous, or self-help/motivational just to
name a few, with enthusiasm and excitement. The agency
endeavors to represent writers of diverse styles,
thoughts and viewpoints, and stories which capture the
flavors of all cultures.
SAGALYN AGENCY http://www.sagalyn.com/about-us
We are a literary agency based outside of Washington, D.C.
and represent journalists, academics, thinkers, business
writers, and novelists. We work primarily with the large
New York houses, focusing on upmarket nonfiction, business
books, and commercial fiction.
Named as one of the top-ten creative retreats in the world,
Writing Away Retreats is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
connect with and receive feedback from the very best in the
industry. Every writer gets a 10K word detailed MS consult
with each staff member (3 editors: Kevin Doughten: Penguin,
Anica Rissi: Simon and Schuster, Katie Gilligan: Thomas Dunne,
1 agent: Scott Hoffman, Folio Lit. and 1 NYT bestselling author:
David Corbett) during their 5 day/4 night experience in the
Rocky Mountains. This unprecedented access allows for an
experience that can truly forward your writing career in the
AWARD-WINNING WRITER, PUBLISHER
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