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Tuesday News: Beyoncé, Salinger, self-publishing, author platforms, and penis size

Tuesday News: Beyoncé, Salinger, self-publishing, author platforms, and penis size

“While Beyoncé challenged the traditional brick-and-mortal retailers with this album release, she also challenged the business model of digital music vendors, including iTunes, by refusing to sell single-tracks of her new CD. The “XO” songs can only be purchased as a complete album.” Christian Science Monitor

“Because I write books for a living, I have an unnatural bias for the propriety of authors (and as a result, my answer here might reflect a degree of overcompensation). But this case is unique — normal ethical responsibilities don’t necessarily apply. Personally, I think Salinger’s desire to embargo his own work is deeply cool. It is not, however, particularly reasonable. And because we are not dealing with a life-or-death issue — since we are merely debating whether it’s O.K. to read a few stories — that irrational desire is not irrefutable.” New York Times

“For each book or series, authors need to run a cost-benefit analysis, decide what their goals are for the books, and choose the best publishing route for them. Sometimes that might be working with a traditional publisher, sometimes that might be working with a digital publisher, and sometimes that might be self-publishing. All are valid and play a useful role in todays market.”Laura Kaye, Author

“With indie publishing, authors like me have been able to publish our “unusual” or “different” novels and find readers. But after I’d put out five novels as ebooks (and some also in print), and did extensive marketing and promotion (spending an outrageous amount of money on publicity, for example)—following to the letter all the sage advice I’d garnered on how to sell for success, nothing worked. My author friends were making easily five figures each month, often off one title, or they would release a book and it would hit the best-seller lists off the bat.”

How many self-published authors can relate to what Lakin writes here? If you don’t want to wait for the book Lakin is writing on the experiment she did to see if she could boost her sales, you will want to read this article. Note that Lakin acknowledges that first and foremost, a book has to be good (amen to that), but she had some interesting results in answer to the question of whether she needed an “author platform” Definitely worth a read, whether or not you buy her strategies. The Book Designer

“Objectively, even big human penises are small, other than in comparison with other human penises; but virtually all human penises are big in comparison with those of the other 192 primate species.” Slate

Happy Holidays, Everyone.


Wednesday News: The Hobbit as scientific subject, Twilight tries to nix a parody, Target disses Beyonce, Amazon doesn’t publish its own bestsellers, and Entitle tempts readers

Wednesday News: The Hobbit as scientific subject, Twilight tries to nix...

“Nearly a quarter of the titles on the lists were published by independent authors. (What’s even more interesting is that 2 authors, Morgan Rice and Abbi Glines, took 6 spots on the YA list all by themselves.) That’s more than some of the major publishers can claim, but more importantly it’s more than Amazon can claim.” The Digital Reader

“Batten also added that the company have partnered with major publishers, including Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, HarperCollins Christian, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As such, subscribers will have access to over 100,000 professionally-published titles from authors like Stephen King, Dan Brown, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Crichton, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, among others, the report said.” Venture Capital Post

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