From the inimitable Mr. Seumas Gallacher, and another aspect of this indie publishing business to consider …
…if there’s anything this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler has learned in ten years of producing his wee literary masterpieces is that NUTHIN stands still in the publishing industry for long, whether that be in the realm of the self-publishing tribes, or the mystic corridors of the ‘Large Houses’with stables of contracted authors… like many of us, I’ve dabbled, and more than dabbled at times, with self-publishing eBooks on Auntie Amazon Kindle… with paperback printed copies through the slalom of censorship in the Middle East, involving hand-to-hand combat with head buyers at the major retail book distributors in this part of the WURLD… engaged for a short while with a small publishing house… experimented with an agent arrangement for an equally brief spell… both of these latter experiences ending with amicable partings of the way… comes now the latest foray for Master Gallacher… the beckoning universe of…
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An excellent post on the misconception of “free copy reviews” …
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After a pretty rough week health wise I decided to log into my Amazon UK account where I’ve been leaving reviews for books and other items for several years now. Unlike most days which are uneventful on the site though, yesterday I was met with a harsh ‘unhelpful’ vote on one of my most recent reviews along with a comment which stated:
“Your review would have carried more weight if you had put your hand in your pocket and actually bought a copy yourself!”
The book I reviewed was sent to me courtesy of the publisher Walker Books and is a book I rated 5 stars as I enjoyed it so much.
Having been a top reviewer on Amazon UK for several years now I got used to the complaints against my reviews for products I’d received from sellers. Although my reviews have always been and remain…
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Here’s author, Tim Baker, with some very good news indeed!!
If somebody says to you “I’ve got good news and bad news” it’s perfectly understandable to brace yourself for the bad news, regardless of their claim that it will be accompanied by good news. I mean, let’s face it, if the bad news wasn’t really all that bad, they wouldn’t need to give you good news to wash it down…
Well, I hate to do this to you, but…
I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news.
Now – before you brace yourself too much, let me say this in my defense, my bad news is offset by several pieces of good news.
I know…it still sounds like a trap, but I’m hoping it won’t be as bad as all that.
So let’s rip the band off right away and get to the bad news…
As you may know, I’ve been working on my tenth novel,
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An excellent post!
“I want to thank all of you who are doing these things, and especially those who are taking time to encourage authors not just by buying their books but by telling them how much those books meant to you. It makes a huge difference!”
It’s a dilemma that many in my circles are puzzling over: in today’s world, authors have nearly limitless creativity and research sources and opportunities to get their stories out to a wider audience…but fewer people are willing to pay for them.
I’m an administrator for a few dozen authors’ Facebook pages, and from time to time I glimpse notifications of another message with the same question, phrased in a few different ways: “Why is your book (or ebook) so expensive?”
If you’ve ever wondered that yourself—and I don’t blame you, because I did too before I started working in publishing—here are a few thoughts that authors probably want to say but feel they can’t, because it seems a little too direct, a little too self-serving (even though it really isn’t).
It’s the same reason restaurant owners can’t give you a free dinner: because that’s how they make a living. Sure…
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Patrick Hutchins is a Bequia photographer who owns the business Cloud Island Media. He’s been producing some great videos of Bequia lately and just posted this new one of Princess Margaret Beach …
And our house is in there – Twice!
Here’s the link to Cloud Island’s YouTube channel. Check out some of the other great videos posted here, and maybe even subscribe, if you like what you see! That way, you’ll receive a notice whenever Patrick posts a new video.
And you’ll be able to see for yourself this little island I’ve been writing about in my novels!