Saturday, September 5, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blogathon Day 85 -- Hot Links Saturday

This Week's Top Publishing Links 

 Ebook Prices Increase, Publishers Blame Sales Slump on Amazon Deal 

What else is new. Not that I'm a champion for Amazon these days because I am beginning to gain a greater understanding of indie author gripes. However, this time the arguement seems to be a false one. Amazon gives you the deal you asked for: Set your Own Prices. You increase prices and sales slump. The fact of the matter is, consumers no longer see $15.00 ebook prices as viable. And for $9.99, it better be a pretty good title. If publisher's set their prices higher than what the market will tolerate, then that's just bad economics, not Amazon's fault. But it's an interesting article nonetheless. 

Why is Everyone Publishing a Book These Days? 

Because they can. But should they? This is an interesting article if you've pondered the question. 

Would-Be Authors More Comfortable with Self Publishing

I'll be honest -- traditional publishing can be as emotionally exhausting as it is frustrating. There are a lot of good agents and editors out there. But there are some bad ones who really have helped perpetuate this environment where more authors are turning away from the Big 5. I mean, some literary agents--the gatekeepers--can be downright mean, rude, and unresponsive. My experience with editors--once you get that far--is more positive but man the hoops you have to jump through to get that far are crazy. So, yes, more writers probably feel comfortable with self-publishing. But I will say, all writers should go through that process at least once. Understand it. And grow from it. No better way to thicken your skin. 

What We Need to Create a Good Author Marketing Platform

This article poses questions it doesn't answer BUT the questions are ones every author should be thinking about. How do you help readers to discover your books? Can't wait for the answer?

How Making Time for Books Made Me Feel Less Busy 

This is a good article on something we should all do -- READ MORE! 

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