That Argh E-Book Pricing Poll

About a thousand years ago, I put up a poll on e-books. It’s there to your right. Then I forgot about it. I just looked at it again and it’s a flawed poll (I didn’t put all the pricing choices on there because . . . I forget why), plus given the span of time, people have probably changed their opinions, but what I’ve noticed is that the most popular choice for a fair price now–$2.99 to $3.99–has changed from the most popular choice previously: $6.99 to $7.99. That’s not good, said the published writer. Continue reading

The End of History Problem in Planning a Writing Career

The End of History Illusion is the common assumption that, wherever we are in life, we have become who we were meant to be, that we made mistakes in the past–dated the wrong person, got a dubious tattoo, made dumb investments, whatever–but NOW we’re grown up, we’re smarter, we know what we’re doing, and we know who we are.

The problem is, time passes and the End of History moves with us, and that time ten years ago when we thought we knew it all, knew exactly how the rest of our lives were going to go, knew who we were forever? Yeah, we changed and now that’s part of our history, we’re not like that anymore but THIS time, THIS is the End of History. Continue reading

Rupert Murdoch Just Bought Harlequin

I really wish I had something deep and insightful to say, but all I’ve got is, “Holy crap, Rupert Murdoch just bought Harlequin.” I wouldn’t care–wait, yes, I would, that’s going to have an impact on my industry–except that that means that Rupert owns seven of my books. The chances he’ll notice are slim, but still . . .

I suggest the article in the NYT because most of the rest are full of bodice ripper jokes and insights like, “Rupert Murdoch is getting a divorce, maybe he’s looking for love?” Morons.

I’ve read everything I can find on this, and nobody knows what’s going to happen. Which means it’s publishing as usual: whatever’s going on, it’s not what went on yesterday.

The world is just going to hell, that’s what I think.

Anne Stuart: 40 Years of Experience

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I should probably have titled this “Anne Stuart: 40 Years of Experience With Writing and Publishing,” but frankly, she’s just got a lot of experience about stuff in general. Over on her Drama Queen Blog, she’s talking about her publishing career, a post every day, and it’s great stuff. If you want to read anecdotes about building a career as a goddess in publishing, you should go there. Also she offers something different every day, contests, 99 cent books, free books, a Kindle, but you have to be there on the day to know about it. (Today is a freebie: Escape Out of Darkness.) So really, you should go read the Drama Queen every day.