Monday, May 21, 2012

The Morning Pages - 05-21-12

Newbie's Guide to Publishing - Pricing Books and Ebooks: "The main price difference between paper and ebooks is in copying, shipping, and distribution. A paper book has a tangible value. It costs money to print, and to ship, and a distributor often takes a cut. Ebooks have none of these costs.Publishers may say that the cost of printing, shipping, and distribution is a fraction of the retail price. But it isn't. Those costs account for as much as a third of the wholesale price. Printing, shipping, and warehousing a hardcover may be a higher cost than the royalty an author gets."

Writer Unboxed - Networking for the Cowardly and Terrified: "So it should start becoming more and more obvious that I’m going through a writer-identity crisis as things get closer to the release of my book. And lucky you — you get to be a witness to my crisis. In this episode of my crisis, we walk through my attempt at networking even though I’m a terrified coward."

Forbes - Cracking Tough Books and Reading Above Your Level: "In an age where almost nobody reads, you can be forgiven for thinking that the simple act of picking up a book is revolutionary. It may be, but it’s not enough. Reading to lead means pushing yourself–reading books “above your level.” In short, you know the books where the words blur together and you can’t understand what’s happening? Those are the books a leader needs to read. Reading to lead or learn requires that you treat your brain like the muscle that it is–lifting the subjects with the most tension and weight."

Wordserve Water Cooler - Agent Priorities: "When I first started agenting full-time in 1994 there were five other agents serving authors of faith. It was a relatively new phenomenon in Christian publishing, and not always appreciated by publishers. Some even had unwritten polices about not working with agents. Now there are about 100 agents serving Christian authors in one way or another. Today, most publishers won’t work with an author unless they’re represented. I know many of the agents, and like most of them. And while we all do similar work, our styles and priorities aren’t all the same."

Word Count - Protect Your Blog Copyright: "Even if this is your first time blogging, odds are very good that your nimble blogging fingers start cramping when you think about web villains stealing your precious content. Don’t they realize how many beads of sweat and tear drops and buckets of perfectly good neurons you poured into that blog post? Didn’t they notice that blog copyright notice in the footer? It even has the ©, for Pete’s sake!"


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