Jan 4 2012
Apple is hosting a media event in New York later this month and according to various websites, the focus is on books. There is some speculation that Apple will be rolling out a more full fledged self publishing platform. It already accepts self published books and Pages, Apple’s word processor, has a “save as epub” option. Another speculates it is about textbooks. I vote the latter. More money in textbooks and not only because the textbook market is huge, but because Apple can sell their products to text book users.
India Grey has a lovely personal tribute to Penny Jordan who was Grey’s “writing mum.” I am sure that Jordan was proud of the writer Grey is becoming.
This link was posted on Kindleboards, a forum that has a section that is frequented by a number of self published authors, and is basically, as the lone review states, a “blatant beggar’s offering.” I reported the book to Amazon and hopefully it will be taken down. Right now there is no buy link. This sort of thing is ridiculous.
We have our first episode When Authors Attack! of 2012. Kira, a long time user of Goodreads, quotes some pages from Tempest by Julia Cross. Part of the book is apparently told from the young male point of view who views the object of his affection’s roommate as a raging hater feminist:
I loosened the tie on her robe. “She’s at least two hundred dollars richer, so there’s nothing to bitch about. And when is she not angry?”
“Never. But thank you for one night free of feminist lectures.”
I leaned over and whispered, “Consider it your make-up gift.”
Nice! Well, Dan Krokos, who apparently shares an agent with the author, came to defend Julie’s honor in the comments and started harassing Kira on twitter. Dan apparently believed that what he did on Twitter wouldn’t be seen or screencapped by the Internet? Do these folks not understand how the internet works? Dan starts a hashtag called #goodreadsslogans. Then Lauren DeStefano says and I quote because the you cannot make this stuff up “I’d even venture to say GR makes 4chan look like a hallmark card from my own loving grammy”. 4Chan, you guys. Lauren DeStefano compared Goodreads to 4Chan.
Sorry, back. I had to pick myself off the floor from laughing so hard. Anyhoodle, Dan and Julie’s AGENT comes in:
So I represent both Julie Cross and Dan Krokos. I love both their books and as someone who knows them personally I think they’re both great people. So my opinion is not objective.
I think negative reviews are valuable–to readers, to authors, to everyone. I think personal attacks are not.
But even more than all that, I thought Goodreads was supposed to be a forum to talk about books, not group up and personally attack people who disagree or question a review.
This thread makes me feel ashamed to be a member of this community.
Oh, Suzie. Then Courtney Allison Moulton, another YA author, trots out the old yarn that you won’t get published if you aren’t nice. ”#goodreadsslogans the hot new way to destroy a career in publishing before you have it.” Round up the wagons and shoot the readers. That makes a ton of sense. Goodreads, as author Hannah Mosckowitz says, is really a reader’s platform. Oh, I know some authors will argue that Kira’s post is not a review. And it’s probably not but Goodreads is about readers sharing their opinions with other readers. They don’t need to be hounded and mocked and harassed by authors. This is a YA book and another commenter pointed out that Kira is an adult and she can handle the harassment but what if it was a teen?
My advice? Stay away from Goodreads if you are an author that can’t take reading negative statements about your book. And if you think that Goodreads is 4Chan, then, well, maybe you should delete your Goodreads profile and stay the heck away.
Disney-Hyperion wants to avoid bloggers altogether. I was cruising NetGalley yesterday and noticed this proviso at the end of every D-H book: ”Disney-Hyperion accepts requests from librarians, educators, booksellers and media professionals. We are not accepting blogger requests at this time.”
If SOPA does pass, it means that some of your favorite websites will have the DNS routing service shut off. This means the name of the website (i.e., Dear Author or Amazon or Goodreads) will not bring up the website. However, that does not mean that those sites are dead or completely inaccessible. Users are compiling internet protocol addresses and will be spreading them around so that if SOPA does pass, you can still access your favorite sites (and yes, piracy will continue apace). Here’s a listing of IP addresses of some of the biggest media sites around such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the like.
Speaking of SOPA, apparently there are a number of instances in which SOPA proponents have listed companies as supporters when those companies are not supporters (this is not true of GoDaddy who helped draft the legislation and received a special exemption in return). Petzl America posted a notice on its website stating the following:
To reiterate, Petzl America has not and does not support SOPA or the Protect IP Act. Nor do we support any legislation that would harm the freedom of the Internet. We are strongly against counterfeiting, especially, as in the case of counterfeited Petzl products, where the safety of the end user is concerned. By extension, we are for legislation that would help reduce the theft of intellectual property, production of counterfeit goods, and knowing sale of counterfeit goods. However, we believe that SOPA and Protect IP do not address these concerns in a constructive manner.
We hope that this statement helps to clarify our stance on SOPA, Protect IP, and the general issue of IP theft and counterfeiting. We sincerely apologize for any confusion surrounding these issues.
Nintendo, Sony, and EA sports have quietly dropped their support of SOPA. I do know that there are authors who have written in support of SOPA.
One of the historical romance authors with the first name Karen (I get Ranney, Hawkins et al mixed up) wrote in support of it. Karen Ranney wrote in support of the bill. I have no idea if she understands the implications. I am going to assume that she does and still wants to allow support a law that would cripple the internet.
- Ryan’s Return by Barbara Freethy * 0 * A | BN | K | S
- Left Behind by Tim LaHaye * 0 * A | BN | K | S
- Wild Angel by Miriam Minger * 0 * A | BN | K | S
- Only Us: A Fool’s Gold Holiday by Susan Mallery * 0 * A | BN | K | S
- The Bachelor by Carly Phillips * 1.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Deadly Desires by Ann Christopher * 1.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Highland Captive by Mary McCall * 1.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Haunted by Heather Graham * 1.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles * 1.99 * A | BN | K | S *This is a highly acclaimed YA author*
- Collision Course by Zoe Archer * 1.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George * 2.99 * A | BN | K | S
Indie Must Buy
- Angelfall by Susan Ee * 0.99 * A | BN | K | S * This book is only $.99 and it is such a good story. I encourage you to buy it now for the $.99 price. I bought it a few months ago at $2.99. I would have paid 3x that to read it.