Archive for October, 2011

Kobo To Follow Amazon and Become Publisher

October 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Amazon announced a couple weeks ago that it was cutting out the middleman by directly signing on 122 titles. Now comes the news that Kobo will turn publisher as well.

American thriller writer Barry Eisler gave up a $500,000 US two-book offer from his long-time publisher to go with Amazon because he expects to make a lot more per copies sold, and also sell more number of copies.

So, instead of chasing literary agents, will aspiring writers have to chase Amazon, Kobo and whoever chooses to jump into the fray?

Get details from this cbc news article.

Traditionally Published Author Goes Self-Pubbed Route

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

For most writers, being published traditionally, then going on to be a bestseller, is the holy grail. Everyone wants it, but only the chosen few achieve it.

What, then, would impel such an author to go the self-publishing route?

Check out bestselling author Nina Bruhns’ thoughts in this article from USA Today.

Advertisements in ebooks?

October 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Publishing companies are toying with populating ebooks with ads. The idea is to have these ads pay for themselves in increased sales for the product, the incentive for the reader being free or reduced priced books.

Personally I think it is a terrible idea. I’d hate to have the flow of reading broken up by randomly popping ads. As a writer, I don’t think it is such a hot idea, either. (Never say never, I know.)

Check this article on for details.


For Readers And Writers

October 22, 2011 1 comment

I’ve created two groups on Facebook:
Recommendation for Readers
Feel free to post information about your own book, but only once please.
If you’ve read a book you feel deserves wider audience, please post.

I’ve started off with Bob Sanchez’s When Pigs Fly.

Resource For Writers
where you may post:
a. Tips for writers
b. Resource of use to writers  – editors, kindle formatters, writing opportunities etc

I’ve started off with information about a book cover designer.

Prize Awarded to Wrong Title, Oops!

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The (US-based) National Book Foundation goofed up big time. After announcing Lauren Myracle‘s Shine as a finalist for the NBF, the organization asked Myracle to withdraw from the nomination.They apparently meant to shortlist Franny Billingsley‘s Chime, but got it confused with Shine. Since Myracle’s book is about a teenage victim of hate crime, at least the Mathew Shepard Foundation got $5000 out of it (in apology from the NBF).

Commonwealth Debut Novel and Short Story Contest

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment

If you come from any one of the Commonwealth Group of countries, there’s a contest in it for you. From the press release:

“Awarded for best first book, the Commonwealth Book Prize is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published between 1 January and 31 December 2011. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000-5000 words). Regional winners receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000. The winners will be announced in June 2012.”

Details at

Writing Contests: Where to Find Them

October 17, 2011 2 comments

Writing contests are a great way to get noticed, especially if they’re free. There are quite a few of those around. If I do apply to a fee based one, one thing I do is to check to see if the prize money is at least twenty times the fee. Here’s a good site I often use. Do the research before applying. In other words, don’t sue me. 🙂