Monday, March 28, 2011

How NOT to respond when a book reviewer reviews your book!

Holy smokes. Big Al's Books and Pals is a fairly well-known book review blog that looks at a wide range of indie eBooks.

Yesterday he reviewed Jaqueline Howett's The Greek Seaman and gave it two stars. The review was balanced - he complimented some sections but largely panned it for lack of editing, stilted and uneven prose, weird adverb use and poor copyediting. She responded with comments such as:

You obviously didn't read the second clean copy I requested you download that was also reformatted, so this is a very unfair review. My Amazon readers/reviewers give it 5 stars and 4 stars and they say they really enjoyed The Greek Seaman and thought it was well written. Maybe its just my style and being English is what you don't get. Sorry it wasn't your cup of tea, but I think I will stick to my five star and four star reviews thanks. 
And, later, adds a lovely "f*ck off!" in a single comment. And it STILL goes downhill from there. The comment stream is at 225 and counting. Have an hour to kill? Take a look.

Don't like a review your book receives?

Ignore it. Don't pull a Jacqueline Howett.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

So I'm writing a novel. Isn't everyone?

I dusted off an old manuscript and am about 5-6 weeks away from having the entire package done and ready to publish. I've decided to simultaneously submit to traditional publishers and publish the book as a Kindle and Nook eBook. I'll publish on Smashwords as well, so readers can download in any eBook format they wish.

I've been lurking at Kindleboards for a good long time and, with the Farmer Algorithm crash, finally decided to give this the attention it deserves. I have a pseudonym, and have created a blog, Twitter account, Facebook page and Goodreads account using my pen name. I'll soon add:


and...? Any suggestions? I want to have the entire social media platform laid out and ready to go BEFORE I publish.

It's contemporary romance with a touch of historical mystery. ;)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Are Major Publishers Trying to Force Print? eBook Fixed Pricing Means Higher Prices

Interesting post at the Dear Author blog. Effective today, Random House is instituting agency pricing on eBooks. This means Kindle owners and downloaders won't get a financial break if Amazon wants to cut prices - the price is set by Random House and that's it.

Expect other major publishing houses to follow suit.

So what do readers do when the eBook version costs *more* than a discounted hardback or paperback? Is Random House expecting readers to turn to print? Most folks with eReaders have no desire to turn back to paper.

Will this just drive illegal downloads via torrent? I'm guessing it might.

I'm reading over on the Kindleboards quite a bit these days. A foray into self-publishing via eBook has been on my mind for some time, more for fun than profit. I have some fiction ideas and would love to test them out. Then again, going with a traditional publisher confers legitimacy, yes?

But what if you could be the next Amanda Hocking? Or sell 28,000 copies a month at a $.35-per-book royalty rate?

How many books would you have to sell through Random House to net the same $9,800 Victorine E. Lieske earned as a self-published novelist in February alone? More than 28,000. And at $9.99 how many readers will take a chance on a new novelist?