Most folks who use Twitter to make connections, build their platform, enhance their brand, and otherwise hold out their grubby hands and beg for cash (incl. me) are familiar with Triberr. But some of you newbies may not have had the pleasure of joining a “tribe”. (disclaimer – I know very little about Triberr, but I do know enough to be dangerous.)
Archive for January, 2012
derekblass.wordpress.com: “Confessions of a Publisher: ‘We’re in Amazon’s Sights and They’re Going to Kill Us’” L… http://wp.me/p1xHip-4f
The whole “what do I charge for my book” thing is a debate that will rage on forever. (just as it did ever since the first book was printed) Ultimately, the market will end up deciding what consumers will pay for eBooks, not us writers. Today you can get my novel for free, thanks to the KDP Select program, which allows me to offer my work at no cost to readers for a few days each three months. At the same time, superstar writers like Larson, King, Cussler, etc. are selling their eBook titles for prices that are the same as the softcover version. What gives?
So I made my foray into this new program for authors (and READERS) whereby we can give away copies of our eBook(s) for free. Yes FREE! Amazing concept created by the folks at Amazon. The superpowers that be at Amazon decided to offer authors the ability to do a few days of FREE in exchange for exclusivity (can’t sell on other sites in eBook form). The whole “exclusivity” thang has kicked up a little dust storm of controversy amongst us writing folks. Suffice to say, I’m such a “babe in the woods” when it comes to all this publishing stuff, I had no idea whether KDP Select (name of the program) was for me or not.
So, amazing but true, I’m a newbie author. What a strange, *short* trip its been. (thanks jerry g.) If I only knew then what I know now. (WOW! This blog post is already promising to include more cliches than anyone can stomach.) See, this time last year, I received a call from a writer friend I met WAY back in 2005. She brought my dead notions of being a writer back to life with that call to tell me that she’d get my book published through a small press she was screening MS’s (manuscripts) for here in the Raleigh/Durham area. So I got busy – edit, re-write, edit, etc. I was so thrilled! Someone wanted my little old book. I got on the social media train full force. (I even surpassed my teenage daughter’s “friend count” on FB, no small feat.)