While Many Writers are Prepping for #NaNoWriMo…

Just like every year, I'm seeing authors prepping for #NaNoWriMo. I admire them, I really do, but I don't have it in me. For one thing, I don't write fast enough to do it. There are only so many hours in the day and I have other work, a family, temporary houseguests, a third novel in edits, and more. I …

Publishing Predictions in Hindsight

We're now more than a quarter into 2013 and already there have been some significant changes and shifts in the publishing world. Barnes & Noble has been at the top of that list, first with the buy-back and now with their latest announcement that they have revamped Pub-It. Amazon, too, has made some changes including …

Barnes & Noble Buy-Back and the Nook

By now, most readers and writers have at least heard an inkling of the latest Barnes & Noble news announced yesterday: While I find the news slightly curious, I am thrilled that someone feels so passionately about saving the B&N physical stores. Just last week, I walked through one, looking for a specific book. Of …

Book Launch Success

Last night was my "official" book launch party. It was complete with food, beverages, books for sales, and a signing. It was really all I'd hoped it would be. So lucky that so many people came out. I sold all the books on hand and took orders for many more. All in all I would …

Fake Reviews Be Gone…But at What Cost?

There are many out there who have challenged the number of reviews some books have received (see here). Since those allegations, many authors have come forward and admitted to getting "fake" reviews in order to sell books. Some "reviewers" built businesses based on publishing these reviews. The costs continued to rise but authors paid for …

Amazon and the Great Big Wide World of Publishing

I recently read an article in a magazine lamenting the "defection" of a name author from traditional publishing to the industry killer, Amazon. Okay, I'm exaggerating slightly. No one referred to Amazon as a killer and the name author is not technically self-publishing but instead going with Amazon's publishing arm, Thomas & Mercer. But the …