Swinging between Amazon and Apple with the ebook publishers

You’ve got to give Jeff Bezos credit for cojones, if not business savvy. The guy still hasn’t learned to stay off the trapeze without a net. Motoko Rich of the NY Times and Christina Warren of Mashable both report this week that Amazon is back to swinging wildly from the… Read more“Swinging between Amazon and Apple with the ebook publishers”

Getting into indie publishing

I’m reproducing here a blog post I wrote about indie pubishing as a guest blogger on She Writes. You’ll all recognize the reference to Pamela. I spent yesterday morning in a fascinating conversation, a twenty-minute interview that ballooned into an hour and a half. I was talking to She Writes… Read more“Getting into indie publishing”

Getting a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for indie publishing

To live outside the law you must be honest. —Bob Dylan, “Absolutely Sweet Marie” Okay, guys, this week we’re going to focus on independent publishing. Because independent publishing has problems. The biggest one is that people don’t take it seriously. And I don’t mean the people who don’t do it…. Read more“Getting a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for indie publishing”

Examining the assumptions behind the push to self-market your fiction

Let’s talk a little about the self-marketing tsunami. Because it is huge. It is compelling. And it is omnipresent. Can you turn your novel into a career, if you’re just willing to do the necessary legwork? Well, first I’d suggest you look deep in your heart and ask yourself whether… Read more“Examining the assumptions behind the push to self-market your fiction”

Catching up on 2009 in 2010

Happy New Year 2010 to you all! I hope you had as peaceful a New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as we did here at our house, ensconced by the fire by a lovely (dying) tree all lit up, towers of new books next to everyone’s chair, sleeping cats… Read more“Catching up on 2009 in 2010”

Call for submissions to Genre Wars Contest

Fast-Breaking Bulletin from the Literary Lab submitted by Michelle Davidson Argyle We’d like to announce our 2009 Genre Wars Fiction Writing Contest! We invite fiction writers to submit your 1 to 2,000-word short stories to us. The contest deadline is December 1, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. PST, and we plan… Read more“Call for submissions to Genre Wars Contest”