Musicians Realizing They Don’t Need Major Labels Anymore | Techdirt – ” Jordis Unga, a singer who has appeared on two reality TV shows (Rock Star: INXS and The Voice), has decided that she doesn’t need to sign a label deal. While she didn’t win on either show, she did build up quite a following, and she decided that for her debut album, she might as well just hit up Kickstarter, and ask for $33,000. Which she got. In less than a day. In the first day alone her project on Kickstarter raised over $50,000. “Techdirt
Personal Note: Self publishing mentality creeps into other creative venues. Louis CK did it with stand up comedy. Now musicians via kickstarter. It’s all about the platform now.
In E-Reader Age of Writer’s Cramp, a Book a Year Is Slacking – NYTimes.com – “For years, it was a schedule as predictable as a calendar: novelists who specialized in mysteries, thrillers and romance would write one book a year, output that was considered not only sufficient, but productive. But the e-book age has accelerated the metabolism of book publishing. Authors are now pulling the literary equivalent of a double shift, churning out short stories, novellas or even an extra full-length book each year. ” NYTimes
Personal Note: Because it is all about platform and platforms are built on constant (but good) content.
A Non-Book Smuggler Survey: The Results | The Book Smugglers – “Highlights
• Predominantly female audience (95%)
• Young (31 years old), international, educated, and with disposable income
• Overwhelmingly read ebooks (81%); purchase at least 4 books per month
• Ideal price for ebooks is $4.00-$6.99
• Do not care (and will not pay a higher price) for enhanced ebooks/enhanced content
• Highly likely to purchase limited edition/collectible hardcover editions”The Booksmugglers
Personal Note: A must read data compilation by Thea from the BookSmugglers (a graduate student who wrote her thesis on ebook prices). She compiled responses from over 919 respondents.
If You Think The Cost Of ‘Piracy’ Is High, What About The Cost Of Enforcement? | Techdirt – “Take, for example, the predecessor to SOPA/PIPA: the ProIP Act, which passed in 2008. A report by the Congressional Budget Office showed that the cost of this bill, which is almost entirely focused on increased enforcement was $435 million. Yes, you read that right. Taxpayers have been on the hook for nearly half a billion dollars for the increased enforcement initiatives — like the spectacular flop known as Operation In Our Sites. Is this really a wise use of taxpayer resources? “Techdirt
Newly discovered Mayan calendar goes way past 2012 – USATODAY.com – Newly discovered wall writings found in Guatemala show the famed Maya culture’s obsession with cycles of time. But they also show calendars that go well beyond 2012, the year when the vanished civilization, according to popular culture, expected the end of the world. “So much for the supposed end of the world,” says archaeologist William Saturno of Boston University, lead author of a study in the journal Science, which reported the discovery on Thursday.USA Today
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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com