It’s Thursday. Are we there yet?
- Aftermath of a Kindle Daily Deal – Jim Hines discusses the boost to sales the KDD gave one of his books.
- For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn – The (urban) legend of a Hemingway six-word story
- Authors of reddit/fantasy, how do you work? – Probably not by checking reddit
Why write when you can read?
- Everyone is sharing the Telegraph piece about why great novels don’t get noticed now.
- How genre fiction became more important than literary fiction. Can we just end the genre wars now? Seriously. Please.
Here’s a few of the things I’ve managed to read today. Because you can’t check your Amazon rankings all day long!
- “I am on the side of the pixies and the dragons.” – Kazuo Ishiguro rejects claims of genre snobbery
- “A book sale at the cost of your conscience is a very bad deal indeed.” – John Scalzi on why writers shouldn’t try to hide their opinions
- “I made $8.” – Confessions of a failed romance novelist
So that reddit thread about piracy got people talking online. Here are the relevant reads:
- “9.6 times what I bring in in a YEAR from Amazon.” – M. Todd Gallowglass writes a blog post about how many pirated copies of his books are available on one site alone and what that may be costing him.
- “Is this immoral?” – reddit responds
- “If you’re an author, piracy doesn’t matter” – Writer Jake Kerr weighs in on the subject.
In other news:
Because the Internet is for distraction.
- The Art of Agenting: “It’s harder to sell a book to a big publisher now than it was ten years ago, I think. The blockbusterization of the book industry has had the same effect as the blockbusterization of Hollywood—among many other industries.”
- A call to self-published fantasy authors: A contest to get reviewed on 10 of the top fantasy blogs
- Former MFA teacher trolls the web: “Anyone who claims to have useful information about the publishing industry is lying to you, because nobody knows what the hell is happening.”
- Chuck Wendig responds to the former MFA teacher: “I’m so angry, I’m actually just peeing bees.”