Or, “What I Learned About Indie Publishing At 4th Street.”
Last weekend was for 4th Street Fantasy, and not even the thief who stole my driver’s license and debit card on Saturday could dull my overall enjoyment. In addition to attending great panels and having fantastic writerly conversations, I took the opportunity to discover what writers—published and about-to-publish, new(er) and up-and-coming—want to know about indie publishing.
Y’see, SFWA’s new VP Maggie Hogarth recently talked me into working with the Self-Publishing Committee. (It was the Hopeful Jaguar Eyes that did it. That, and I didn’t want honey badgers sicced on me…:) Having so many smart writers at 4th Street offered the perfect chance to gather some helpful information.
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Sand of Bone is available for Nook through Barnes & Noble.
There’s also a great review by Sherwood Smith at Goodreads. (Cool news about her upcoming release can be found here.)
My favorite thing about the review? She discusses her grimdark limits as a reader and where Sand of Bone falls on that continuum — information so important to readers choosing their story experience.
I want the folks who buy Sand of Bone to be GLAD they did so. I don’t want readers surprised by a book that’s darker than — or not as dark as — their expectation. As I’ve said before, my goal as a publisher is not to sell as many books as possible. It’s to sell as many books as possible to readers who will enjoy them.
And folks have been buying Sand of Bone through Amazon and Smashwords! Hooray and thank you! (And it’s been nice to see Sword and Chant get a little bump as well.) Now all you wonderful Nook readers can get in on the action.
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On my one month anniversary as a member of SFWA, I discovered the board had determined the letter mentioned in this blog post was a correct summation of the situation and remedies involved in the Amazon/Hachette dispute, an accurate representation of SFWA member beliefs, and must be SFWA-endorsed without member input the day before a long holiday weekend over which so many people would be out of touch and unable to respond.
Do read the comments at that link. Frankly, they’re quite tame as most folks are simply tired of it all.
Let me say this from the start: even if I agreed that Amazon should be told how best to handle its negotiations, I would never have endorsed this letter for the simple fact it contains glaring factual errors.
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