Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
With the publishing industry changing so quickly, it is tough to stay abreast of the current news. With so much on my plate, I can’t keep up with it on a daily basis, but I do try to catch up once or twice a week. Here’s a few things that have happened or I discovered since the last time I perused the Internet.
Last Thursday, Amazon and Goodreads announced the news of the recent acquisition. As for my two cents on this, Amazon just got stronger, and the indie-verse just got more corporate. I’ll let you read some news and opinions below and decide for yourself if this is good, bad, or ugly.
Goodreads – Exciting News About Goodreads: We’re Joining the Amazon Family!
CNET – Amazon Scoops Up Goodreads Social Network
Nathan Bransford – Amazon Acquired Goodreads
David Gaughran – Why Amazon’s Purchase of Goodreads Is a Good Thing
Misha Burnett – Why I’m Not Afraid of Amazon
Joe Konrath – Konrath Flip-Flops (an April Fool’s post)
If you have any desire to step into the book publishing world, either self-publishing or going the traditional route, I think this is an interesting story to follow. I continue to be amazed by the ins and outs of the industry… and all the ways authors can get screwed over if they don’t watch out.
Publishers Weekly – Struggling Indie SF Press, Night Shade, Pushes Asset Sale
Michael Stackpole – Night Shade Books/Skyhorse Publishing Deal: Why I’ll Take A Pass
Tobias Buckell – Nightshade Sale Super-Summary Post Roundup
I think it is important to examine what you are doing and your reasons for it. If you are going to self-publish, you need a plan and you need a goal. Sometimes those don’t mesh, and it can leave a mess of an author for family and friends to clean up. To save everyone some time and meltdowns, here’s some recent articles that I found insightful.
Salon – I’m a Self-Publishing Failure (an April Fool’s post)
Chuck Wendig – When Self-Publishing Is Just Screaming Into The Void
Rachelle Gardner – Making a Living as a Writer – Part One
Rachelle Gardner – Making a Living as a Writer – Part Two
John said it much better than I ever could.
John Scalzi – Roger Ebert, RIP
And while it is a bit more about photography than movies, I still enjoy the sentiments of this song.