Jan 28, 2011

Have you read an eBook lately? I think you should give it a try!

I've been trying to make everyone more aware of the formats you can get an eBook in.  You have the Kindle, iPad, Nook readers and many more, but did you also know that you can just get an eBook App for your Smartphone?   Not to mention that you can also get these eBook services for you PC and it's all FREE!  Just download it.  You don't need a reader, not that they aren't cool, because they are, but you can survive without one. 

One of my friends told me I would be surprised at how easy it was to get used to reading an eBook on the smartphone (in my case it's an iPhone 4).  I argrued it couldn't be that easy, but only because I naturally had to disagree with him, because no one wants their friend to know better than them.  Well, I broke down and actually paid for a book (which I didn't want to pay for, but did) and began reading.  I am shocked at how incredibly easy and convenient this is.  I marvel!  You can customize your fonts and backlighting and several things like that to make it even better, but reading a book in the palm of your hand is pretty darn cool. 

So what else do you need to know?  What do I suggest?  If you have an iTunes account then buy an iBook and if you have an Amazon, get a Kindle.  Find one of your favorite stories you haven't read in a long time and give it a go.  I don't suggest you pay much for it either, sometimes you have no choice, BUT there are tons of books out there for FREE that are classics and new ones as well.  Make the first one a good one though, that is what I did. 

Open your eyes to another world, it's certainly opened mine! 

Link of classic eBooks!

Jan 15, 2011

PROMOTE A BOOK HERE! Childrens books and Up!

That's right, go ahead and take a shot promoting your book or blog or publishing company right here.  Feel free to recommend a favorite story as well.  Why?  Well it seems alot of people don't want you promoting your book in their comments sections or message boards or anywhere else.  I guess that is considered bad manners.

Us flying above the Earth!
With that being said, we want clean content on the comments and not racy books, but material that is appropriate for a broad audience of readers, including children, hence childrens books are welcome as well.  We like to use movie ratings as a simple standard that everyone can relate too.  We believe that stories that can be shared by the family are the best ones.  This isn't a new standard, but rather an old one. 

Don't get us wrong, we like the variety of entertainment that is out there, but we have to set some parameters on this initial post and we shall see how it goes.  We hope to hear from some new authors out there.  Tell us what you got?

Jan 10, 2011

Publishing Statistics! Big Six, Costs, Sales, Revenue and more....

Parapublishing.com Link

This is a 2008 article from Parapublishing that offers a great amount of research and statistics related to the publishing business. It's not everything you need to know, but it offers alot of information you might be interest to know. I just want to pass it along as if offers some names and data that you might find useful for your writing career.

Jan 5, 2011

48HRBOOKS.COM is a great way to go getting small print runs and large

I have been using 48hrbooks.com for quite some time, and they offer excellent service and book printing options. I came across a link on them and thought to share it. If you want to test your story out on a few readers, but you don't want to get carried away with all the extra expenses, they offer a great way to go. Just convert your story from a word.doc to a .pdf format and send it to their printers. It's the best way to get a copy of your book that people would be willing to read. I wish I knew about this my first go around.

Enjoy this great blog for more details....
Book Designer Link

How much is that first Advance for a first SF/Fantasy novel?

Link to Tobias amazing article

Tobias Buckell, published by Tor, with several books to his name has some great insight that new writers in this genre needs to read. I have to say, the more I delve into these wonderful blogs the more I delicious and useful information I get. We thank you Mr. Buckell, it's men like you that make people like us smarter.

Jan 4, 2011

2011 The Year of the Big Changes in Publishing

Publishers weekly link

I have got to say, I enjoy my own billboard above where I caught this link. If you want a good feel of what is going on this year, then read this from Publishers Weekly. Even renegade writer JA Konrath gets mentioned from the noise he is making on this hot topic. Traditional Publishers don't seem to be moving fast enough though, but I am sure they will figure it out before it is too late. Enjoy

Jan 3, 2011

Decadent Publishing Acquires Shayne Leighton's Debut Vampire Fantasy Novel

Decadent Publishing Acquires Shayne Leighton's Debut Vampire Fantasy Novel

Now, this is a perfect example of how much how work goes on behind getting a publishing deal. I have to say, it is great news for independents, but seriously, you have to be in the movies before you get a book deal. Good luck Decadent, the world cerainly needs more vampire books and movies.

Jan 1, 2011

TWO-TEN BOOK PRESS: Important for Future Publishers and writers

This is a GREAT blog/article on what is going on in the publishing world in regards to ebooks, traditional publishing and self publishing. Every striving writer out there should read this as it is everybit as informative as it is entertaining!