SHARE: Indies surging

Look at the results of two surveys in Publishers Weekly HERE that offer some encouraging news for indie writers. Particularly of note:

  • The Big Five traditional publishers now account for only 16% of the e-books on Amazon’s bestseller lists.

  • DRM (digital rights management) “harms e-book sales at any price point.”

  • Self-published books now represent 31% of e-book sales on Amazon’s Kindle Store.

  • Indie authors are earning nearly 40% of the e-book dollars going to authors.

  • Self-published authors are “dominating traditionally published authors” in sci-fi/fantasy, mystery/thriller, and romance genres but — and here is the surprise — they are also taking “significant market share in all genres.”

Six Questions

Indie Author Chris Blewitt invites me over to this blog today for interview with just six questions. You can read them HERE.

Chris is the author of bestselling sports novel about Augusta National Golf Course, Deep Rough, among other books, including the Foxworth Academy series. Read more about his works at his Amazon author page HERE.

His website: http://www.chrisblewitt.com/

Follow his tweets at @cblewitt.

The Daily Tip: Find Your Type

tipsCATEGORY: Design Tools

DESCRIPTION: DaFont.com

Are you designing a book cover and you need a font that matches the mood of the story perfectly? Visit this great website for hundreds of free font designs to download in categories such as basic serif & sans-serif, fancy, calligraphic, gothic, holiday and foreign look. NOTE: A few fonts have restrictions that would prevent them from being used for commercial purposes, so be sure to read the fine print before you download.

URLs: http://www.dafont.com/

Petition: Why indies love Amazon

dave3There’s a lot of misinformation about Amazon and its conflict with Hachette Publishing right now. Please take the time to read this petition shared by author David Gaughran to learn the truth and why indie writers like myself are grateful to Amazon:
http://www.change.org/petitions/authors-to-thank-our-readers-2

Interview: Infinite House of Books

wrapkindle300x480I did a fun interview with Infinite House of Books today. You can read it here.

Be sure to browse through this wonderful web site run by author Shannon Muir for more author interviews and book blog tours.

 

The Daily Tip: Six words says it all

tipsCATEGORY: Writer’s prompts

DESCRIPTION: Six-Word Memoirs

Oh how I love Six-Word Memoirs.

SMITH Magazine has a standing invitation to everyone around the world: tweet a personal memoir to their Six Words Twitter page. Condensing your life into just six words? It’s more difficult than you think. They also run specially themed memoir contests from time to time. The past two years they have also sponsored a six-word fest, inviting the public to interact with celebrities.

The word for Six Words: FUN!

URLs: http://www.sixwordmemoirs.com/

https://twitter.com/sixwords

The Daily Tip: Grab a Mug

tipsCATEGORY: Writer’s prompts

DESCRIPTION: Mug Shots from the 1920s

Playing with prompts daily or weekly is a great way to warm up the brain before writing. Take a long look at one of these memorable mug shots and surely you’ll be inspired to write a story.

URL: http://imgur.com/a/J07EZ#b2rzPT4

Smashwords Summer Sale

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As a way to say “thanks” to all of my loyal readers, I’m participating in the Smashwords July Summer/Winter sale. Use the coupon code SSW75 at checkout to take 75% off the price of any of my ebooks. BIG SAVINGS through July 31, 2014! Start shopping HERE!

The Daily Tip: Hip language

tipsCATEGORY: Writer’s tools

DESCRIPTION: The Urban Dictionary

Slang fascinates me. This searchable site (that includes a handy thesaurus) is a valuable reference when you care to use the very best noun/verb/adjective for a modern scene.

URL: www.urbandictionary.com/

SHARE: Good opinion piece on creativity

digrevEnjoyed reading Strokes of Genius: Here’s How the Most Creative People Get their Ideas by Eric Barker for TIME magazine. This struck a chord with me. Don’t even know how many notebooks I have tucked around the house with snippets of ideas….