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    If Emily Dickinson were to go out.. and live in this era.

    If Emily Dickinson were to go out.. and live in this era.

    — 2 years ago with 19 notes
    #drunk text  #authors  #emily dickinson  #humor  #text 
    Amazon Sets Up $6 Million Royalty Fund for Lending Library Authors →

    Amazon has set up a $6 million annual royalty fund designed to encourage self-published authors and publishers to do two things: Make their work available exclusively in the Kindle Store for the first 90 days it’s published and include their work in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

    Before now, independent authors and publishers were not eligible to participate in the Lending Library. Notably, the terms are less favorable for self-publishers: They only receive money if their books are borrowed. Thus far, traditional publishers have been paid simply for including their books in the lending catalog, whether or not those books were then borrowed.

    — 2 years ago with 13 notes
    #amazon  #lending library  #authors  #publishing  #selfpublishing 
    ‘Writers in Support of the Occupy Movement’ Petition Counts 200+ Signatures →

    Check out the list of writers who support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world.

    — 3 years ago with 67 notes
    #occupy  #occupy wall street  #ows  #writers  #authors  #publishing 
    Pubslush Is Like Kickstarter For Books →

    Want to get your book project funded through social connections, but haven’t quite found your audience through Kickstarter? Try Pubslush, a new social networking site for readers and writers.

    eBookNewser has more: “It works is like a combination of free sample chapters and Kickstarter for books — readers can sample a chapter of a book and if they want to purchase it, they can ‘fund’ the project. The project only gets published, if it meets a minimum funding requirement (like Kickstarter, donors aren’t charged until the project is funded).”

    — 3 years ago with 26 notes
    #kickstarter  #books  #publishing  #indie publishing  #authors  #book projects  #funding 
    Snacks of the Great Scribblers (From NYT Sunday Book Review)
It’s nice to know Steinbeck has similar eating habits..

    Snacks of the Great Scribblers (From NYT Sunday Book Review)

    It’s nice to know Steinbeck has similar eating habits..

    — 3 years ago with 86 notes
    #nyt  #book review  #authors  #writers  #reading 
    Author, sell thyself →

    …It has become a mantra that today’s author — whether self- or conventionally published — must learn to promote his or her books. Some, like Eisler and Hocking, happen to be good at it, but many aren’t. People often become writers because they’re introverted or awkward in personal encounters and have poured everything they want to say to the world into their work. What usually gets lost in the perpetual refrain about authors becoming their own marketers is that there’s no particular connection between writing talent and a gift for self-promotion. Consider Thomas Pynchon, Emily Dickinson, J.D. Salinger and Harper Lee — all writers labeled reclusive. Others — David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson and Cormac McCarthy come to mind — have been press-shy or have found public appearances excruciating and have made them only grudgingly, as a concession to their publishers. I suspect that writers like Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett would likely have felt the same. Many authors have resigned themselves to the task of relentless networking (“social” and the old-fashioned kind) but still hate it and therefore aren’t much good at it. With all due respect to Hocking and Eisler (and I’ve got plenty for both), I’d rather have “To Kill a Mockingbird” than any of their novels. Even though they are much better at interacting with their fans and orchestrating their careers than Harper Lee is, Lee (in my opinion, at least) is the better writer. Today’s conventional wisdom, in both traditional and indie publishing, decrees that someone like Lee might as well not bother; however good her book is, it won’t find an audience unless she’s willing and able to make hawking it at least a part-time job. What this means for readers is troubling. Even if the next generation’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” gets published, the author’s inability to promote it effectively may prevent it from reaching the millions of readers who would otherwise embrace it. And while Harper Lee never published a second book, I want the writers whose work I admire to have as much time as possible to write as many books as they wish. As Hocking so astutely points out, the hours spent in self-promotion are hours spent not writing.

    — 3 years ago with 30 notes
    #self publishing  #publishing  #marketing  #publisher  #kindle  #ebook  #st. martin's  #PR  #authors  #books  #reading  #book  #book indusry