Linkety Split - The Publishing & SFR Edition

Thursday, March 25, 2010 2 Comments A+ a-

There are lots of great blog posts floating around the blogsophere these days. Most are pertaining to publishing and the juicy Amazon/Apple/Publisher smackdown business but also about how digital is changing the face of the industry.

I thought I'd pass on some of my faves. If you're an aspiring author or an author still trying to expand your career, definitely check out these first links.

Teleread has been kicking butt on the news lately. They have a great series of publishing posts with awesome commentary with nuggety goodness that will take pages to post. Instead, I'll post some highlights. ;-)

Books and Buggy Whips: Publishing in the New World

Author Levi Montgomery takes a look at what the future publishers may be doing to close the gap between authors and publishers. It's certainly something that needs to be done for publishers to continue in the future.

The business model of today’s publishers is built on maximizing profit from each book produced, and since the traditional way of doing business is to make a huge stack of books, truck them halfway around the world, pay bookstores to put them in strategic places on the shelves, and only get paid at all for the ones that eventually sell, the need to make a profit turned into the need to create blockbusters. Who cares if it’s well written? Who cares if anyone reads it? Just make a bazillion bucks on it, and you’ll be all right.

Sad but true. Trot on over and check out the full letter by Montgomery and the comments below.

It also appears the agency model that publishers have been huffy over is causing a problem for Ingrams. The print distributor has to rewrite all its contracts for each publisher and then implement a new system based on the new agency model. Which may actually disrupt distribution and further delay ebook releases. Seems like the new model is doing more harm than good as feared by many of the online blog publishing analysts. The more publishers try to force feed a print model into the digital publishing one, the more the brain is boggled. Progress? What progress?

Meanwhile, Random House is holding back from going with Apple and the iPad because they see how troublesome it is to current publishing. Trailblaze on Randhom House.

If you're still confused about how all this pricing structure works between print and digital distribution for the Apple/Amazon/Publisher situation, trot on over to this blog post at A Kindle World which gives a nice breakdown of everything.



Mucho kudos and thanks to author Lynn Emery for her recent Blogging in Black post entitled My Needs are Simple. Not only does she reflect my thinking, I never would have known about veteran author Dean Wesley Smith's wonderful blog series Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing. Keep in mind that these are the experience of these particular groups of veterans. He says a lot of interesting truths that I've been noticing about all aspects of publishing especially how to use an agent correctly. Many writing boards keep shilling a certain way to get publishing being the only way and that's simply not true. Just look at the paths of curently published authors and how much they vary. Smith and co (check out other posts from Laura Resnick and other authors who weight in) illustrate that an author has to be in charge of their career and do what's best for them.

Here's one myth that's a pretty big one:

The myth is simply: YOU MUST HAVE AN AGENT TO SELL A BOOK


To be clear, I like agents and have no desire to bring them harm. But the myths these days about agents are so thick and have become so ugly to new writers, I figured I had better tackle at least one of them next. And yes, there are more than one.


And in the last 20 years, the biggest myth that has blown up into a damaging myth is that you need an agent to sell a book.


This is, of course, complete hogwash, but I have no doubt some of you reading this are already resisting this idea. You want someone to do the dirty work for you, to do the research, to just “take care of you.” Yeah, that’s going to happen.


So to explain this myth clearly, I need to back up just a touch and run through some history to get to why this myth even exists and then move on into how to fight it.

Check out the rest of the post here.


Smith plans to make the series into a book and I'll be the first in line to buy it based on what I've read from theses posts here. It'd be a great addition to my keeper shelf under 'writing references'.



Last but not least, there's a new brigade in town! Heather Massey of the awesome blog The Galaxy Express has just announced the SFR Brigade is now looking for members. The post gives a great rundown of future and current plans for the group which aims to have an award, combine networking, contests and critiquing with overall support for the genre. More information at TGE and the official SFR Brigade blog!

That's all for now!

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9:30 AM delete

Terrific overview! I bookmarked this post for my next link roundup.

I couldn't agree more that this is a great time to explore alternative ways of delivering books to readers. My hope is that lots of ideas are being brainstormed, especially when it comes to subgenres like science fiction romance.

The reader is the customer.

Thanks for the linkage!

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Rae Lori
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11:02 AM delete

My pleasure, Heather! Thanks for dropping by!

I'm glad readers are finally getting a say about books in this new digital age as well. It'll be interesting to see what new networks open up later this year!

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