I’m holding my feet to the fire this week,
meeting all attempting to meet my deadlines with this “new normal” schedule. One of those is to start blogging again. So here goes, two important publishing news items to cross my desk.
First, many are picking on Amazon, and I won’t say it’s not for good reason. Wait, double negatives are a terrible way to make a point. Let me try that again. Many are picking on Amazon, often for good reason. But you have to give them credit, money talks and theirs is making the rounds. The US Post Office has cut a deal to deliver packages for Amazon on Sundays, beginning in metropolitan areas, spreading to smaller demographics, over the next year. Want to know when your order will be delivered on Sunday? Read more… Oh, and here’s another Amazon first, allowing independent bookstores to team with them to sell Kindles. Did you hear about this? More … The scorecard: All Things Amazon = $$$$, so why are we not modeling our ideas after them?
Ice, Ice, Maybe?…As my area hunkers down for the first snow
storm flakes of the season, I watch our newly adopted cat, yes another one found us, chow down. This one’s strictly outdoor, for now. His little house is outfitted with coziness, and our neighbor’s kitty often drops by the buffet table. My other neighbor collected all the cotton from the field yesterday, and I snapped this pic two days prior, knowing that it would disappear before our first frost.
Second item on the desk this week – cause I digress – The World of Indie. Now it used to be Indie meant Independent Publisher, Independent Bookstore, etc. Nowadays, indie might as well be a four-letter word: INDI as in self-published, for many take offense at the implication of a self-publisher. Not me, though. I say, more power to ya. But please do what you can to vet your work, send it out to beta readers, and get some professional advice, not your neighbor, family or co-workers, okay? Soap box moment, forgive me.
The term self-publisher, or Indie, is on the tongues of many, and here’s what’s new for those of you who are interested in cussing. Gatekeepers and conference panelists. The Alliance of Independent (see?) Publishers has an article daring to ask about gatekeepers – by Dan Holloway, poet and author. And over at Publishing Perspectives, discussion surrounds the controversial conference panelist’s issue, tackled by Porter Anderson.
That’s about it, I must do the southern thing and run to the store for bread and milk before the roads are impassable…. Ah, tradition must be carried on.