I can hardly believe it is already Thursday. The holiday shortened week (for the US readers) and last week’s RWA conference has me all mixed up. Hopefully I will get caught up by Sunday.
Item number one today is the news that we are going to host a Q&A with Maya Banks. Why Maya Banks? Because she was high on her dental medication yesterday and offered to answer any question and I took her up on it. Now she’s committed and can’t back out. In all seriousness, Maya has a lot of publishing information to offer. She first published with Samhain back in 2006 (I think) and she’s now going to be self publishing and writing books for two different publishing houses: Berkley and Ballantine. She’s hit the NYT list with both her Samhain books and her traditionally published books and she’s not afraid to tell you her numbers.
This Q&A is subtitled, Everything You Wanted to Know About Publishing But Were Afraid to Ask. And truly, we want you to feel comfortable asking what you might deem to be the most crass questions for which you want answers. I.e., what are the sales numbers for your books? What kind of advance did you get? What are your royalty figures? If you guys think this is helpful, we will see if other authors will be willing to do this.
The idea is that if there is ever a time that authors need answers, and really transparent ones, it is now. You can leave anonymous questions in the comments or email them to me at jane at dearauthor.com. These Q&As will be posted on Sunday and then Maya will check the comments to the Sunday posts in the evening and answer follow up questions there.
This is not just for authors. Readers, if you have questions, please let us know.
I’ve paid for a site analysis by Yoast and so you’ll see some changes in the upcoming month to Dear Author. If there is anything you don’t like (or things that you do) particularly in regards to getting around the site, let me know. I want to make this site as easy to use as possible.
Barnes & Noble is selling refurbished Nook Color devices on its Ebay page. Nate says that this is the normal price for reburbished units and you may want to wait until the regular factory direct nook colors drop to around $225. The difference, I believe, is primarily in the warranty. The refurbished unit comes with a 90 day warranty and the factory one comes with a one year warranty.
The Economist suggests that readers are unwilling to pay full price for books and this discount mentality is what is leading to the decline and maybe even ultimate eradication of brick and mortars book stores.
The problem, however, is that no one seems willing to buy full-price books anymore. Campaigns to get people to buy books from their local bookstores—such as “Save Bookstores Day” on June 25th—miss the point. While there is demand for real bricks-and-mortar places to gather, drink coffee and read new books, such places can’t exist if the market can’t accommodate them.
Overdrive is offering DRM free ebooks when the publisher allows this. Honestly, though? I don’t mind DRM on library books. Library books are meant to be borrowed and thus it seems right for borrowed books to have DRM. DRM on books that I buy is another story. What do you guys think?