Saturday, July 25, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blog-athon day 41 -- Hot Links Saturday

TOP SIX LINKS IN PUBLISHING NEWS THIS WEEK


THE MYTH OF THE LAZY WRITER
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/67611-the-myth-of-the-lazy-writer.html

Loved this article. I was lecturing my son today about football and he claims he wants to play--but doesn't workout or condition. He's only interested in getting on the field in uniform and hitting people. He doesn't see the miles run or the early morning workouts or the weights lifted or the bones broken healed and broken again. And I suspect his interest would wane if he got a taste of that.

It's much the same with writing. People don't see the hours and hours and hours spent writing and rewriting and rewriting the rewriting that you've rewritten while cloaked in stinky pajamas with a coffee IV drip and hourly APBs issued in search of your muse. They don't see all the missed weekend outings, time sacrificed with family and friends, the lack of time for house cleaning that has left your house looking like a crime scene, and the lack of sunlight that has led to a severe Vitamin D deficiency because you're holed up in your office. No, they see the finished product, the book signings and the book deals and the bestseller lists. And I think I heard the statistic that 81% of people want to write a book. I suspect interest would wane if they understood the work and sacrifice that goes into it.

Writing isn't easy. Writing WELL is HARD AS HELL. You might be able to pull off being a lazy writer for one book but you sure as heck can't do it and sustain a career. This was pretty good stuff!

HOW BIG IS IT?
http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2015/07/23/amazon-book-scales-lets-readers-know-just-how-big-that-book-is/

Amazon created this book scale that shows you the size of your book before you get it. Why this is necessary or helpful, I don't know, BUT I found it odd and reportable. 

AMAZON SPYING ON AUTHOR SOCIAL PROFILES?
http://bgr.com/2015/07/24/amazon-spying-social-media-profiles/

Back to the review issue. This issue annoys the hell out of me. It never ceases to amaze me what Amazon does and does not find problematic about reviews. So, if you have a friend or family member that leaves a review, Amazon will delete the review. It apparently  happens even if you happen to collaborate with other authors. I mean, I'm FB or Twitter friends with a lot of authors, that doesn't mean if I post a 5 star review for their book that I didn't read an didn't like it. That is just way overstepping.

Meanwhile they ALLOW reviews like this one left on one of my young adult books.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2015
It was free. Haven't read.

If you're going to police reviews, police them all or don't police any.


TIPS FOR SUCCEEDING AS AN INDIE AUTHOR
 http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/67581-want-to-succeed-at-self-publishing-stay-committed-tips-from-an-indie-author.html

i always read tips when I see them. It's amazing how they say something and yet say nothing. When I give a tip, I give a tip. But it's useful reading...sorta. 

SEXUALIZED TO SELL 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-shocking-book-cover-sums-up-the-sneaky-sexism-of-literary-publishing_55ad4b36e4b0d2ded39faad6

So, I'm one of those people who shakes their head and winces a bit when I see these highly sexualized covers that don't fit the content. I know sex sells, but does it have to? In some circles, the answer is yes.

EBOOKS IN LIBRARIES A GOOD THING
 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/readers-win-when-libraries-add-e-books-but-preserve-print-as-well/2015/07/10/bae9613a-25ae-11e5-b72c-2b7d516e1e0e_story.html

I think so. They have to keep pace with the times to stay relevant. Interesting perspective from the Washington Post


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