The first sharing the wealth of 2014!
The Passive Voice brings us, from TechCruch, how the motion picture industry tried its damndest to kill the VCR. The reason this is important, is because this “cannabilist practice” did not in fact destroy the industry but bolstered it.
Joe Konrath has his prediction for 2014. I don’t see the end of B&N this year, I think they’ll get their act together, but then maybe I’m an optimist. Have rarely been called that. Mr. Dean Wesley Smith than came back and responded to those predictions…which was interesting to say the least. It’s kinda like watching Godzilla VS. King Kong…
Russel Blake has his predictions as well.
Ed Robertson at Failures Ahoy discusses serialized fiction. I’ve been reading his blog for six months to a year then heard him on the self pub podcast and didn’t even realize it. He has some great stuff and his analysis on serialized fiction is good for anyone looking into that type of thing.
Jane Freidman, who I think I checked out but never followed and can’t remember why, has a post on why she is a hybrid. One word: diversification. Honestly, this is the best way to go, taking things on a case by case basis.
Big Publishing has sold Bookish, their underperforming direct to consumer bookselling site. Kind of a surprised since they’re so itching to fight Amazon…then again, that’s kind of like being surprised by a mouse being crushed by a boulder. And then the Passive Guy goes on to analyze why they were bought and by who.
Hugh Howey has a great piece discussing the chances of success at indie publishing. The greatest point here, and I’ve posted his comment on this here before, is that you can’t compare the number of “failing” indie authors to the number in traditional publishing, not without accounting for the millions of people who never get published. I’m not running to the bank with Sorcerer Rising, but it is more than I would have had querying New York.
Ole’ B&N has a new CEO. Could be good, could be bad. Probably good. Even if he’s ineffective, central leadership is better than none. In point of fact, their revenue was down…how much???? Honestly, before seeing that I would have thought you would have to try to drive your revenue down that hard during Christmas. Like “beat people away from your doors with bats” try.
David Gaughran bursts the bubbles of certain indie publishing myths.
That’s all for this week, folks! A good start for the new year.