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Forget Penguin's Book Country - Do It Yourself | Random Musings

Forget Penguin's Book Country - Do It Yourself | Random Musings | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

Starts with a rant against Book Country but then goes on to give a whole bunch of useful resources for authors thinking about self-publishing.

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Let's take a look at the current state of the publishing scene and what it offers writers
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Amazon: hero or villain?

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I don't generally post anti-Amazon articles. I publish through Amazon among others, and I like what they've done for independent authors. But it never hurts to read the contrary viewpoint, and the links below this article should make interesting reading.

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Bad Contract? It's Your Fault, You Naughty Author

Bad Contract? It's Your Fault, You Naughty Author | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

Agent Janet Grant outlines the reasons why publishing contracts are so restrictive, and PG ripostes.

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Taking Responsibility for Your Book Cover

Trad published authors, do you leave your cover to your publisher, or are you proactive about getting the cover you want? Here's one author's story.

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The End of the Unprofessional Writer

The End of the Unprofessional Writer | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

Kris Rusch serves up another great essay. I agree that it's up to writers to make themselves into professionals. Did traditional publishing encourage writers to remain amateurs?

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A wonderful essay about some realities of traditional publishing that might best be laid to rest.

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Does Money Make Us Write Better?

Does Money Make Us Write Better? | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

"Paradoxically, then, almost the worst thing that can happen to writers, at least if it’s the quality of their work we’re thinking about, is to receive, immediately, all the money and recognition they want."

 

A nice reflective article, although I disagree with Parks' contention that it's internet piracy that's led to the drop in authors' advances. I believe that this phenomenon is due to the commoditization of books and the rise of mega-huge publishing companies (the two are related). It stands to reason that publishers will put the most money into books guaranteed to sell, leaving less money to give advances to new talent or midlisters.

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Trad vs. Indie Author: Can You Tell Which Is Which?

Trad vs. Indie Author: Can You Tell Which Is Which? | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

The humorous (?) side.

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The Kris Rusch post they tried to shut down

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This post was on Rusch's blog a few hours and then it got hacked. Some very interesting observations on royalty accounting practices.

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Why You Can’t Find Indies In Store

Why You Can’t Find Indies In Store | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

I believe that options for self-published authors will change dramatically over the next two years, but right now things look bleak for indie authors hoping to get their books into stores. Face the reality, and hope for better times.

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First Steps

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How an author began with publishing a free book and ended up with a 3-book deal, and what difference this has made to her life.

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Take Control of Your Name with BrandYourself

Take Control of Your Name with BrandYourself | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

Filed for future reference...

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The Intern: indie vs traditional publishing: notes from a Big 6 book deal

The Intern: indie vs traditional publishing: notes from a Big 6 book deal | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

All right, let's let the INTERN have a go at the self/trad publishing divide.

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Shortchanging Yourself and Your eBook

Shortchanging Yourself and Your eBook | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

Another author argues against the Amazon KDP program.

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The Down-Low on Exclusivity Clauses

The Down-Low on Exclusivity Clauses | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it
Is Amazon’s new KDP Select program a game-changer for authors? Well, yes, no, and maybe.
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Writer career planning | You Are Here

Writer career planning | You Are Here | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it
Where are you in your career as a writer? You are here.
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This is probably the best general post on being a writer that I've seen this year. I'm printing out that graphic for my board.

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Self-Publishing Statistics – Who are the Top Earners?

Self-Publishing Statistics – Who are the Top Earners? | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

An older post, but with some fascinating revelations.

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Vanity, Vanity: Turning The Label Around

Vanity, Vanity: Turning The Label Around | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

This writer's conclusion is pretty much my own view. I think most forms of publishing have something to offer; it's up to you to pick and choose what works for you. That's pretty much the point of this whole topical collection of posts. You are free to choose.

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How a Traditional Publisher Could Harm a Writer’s Career

How a Traditional Publisher Could Harm a Writer’s Career | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

I don't seem to be finding many posts in favor of traditional publishing recently! Feel free to suggest some to me. Pricing continues to be a hot-button issue...

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How To Make A Million Dollars From Writing eBooks (or How I Learned To Love The Kindle)

How To Make A Million Dollars From Writing eBooks (or How I Learned To Love The Kindle) | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

An amusing insider look at the differences of opinion going on in the publishing world.

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How I got a big advance from a big publisher and self-published anyway | Penelope Trunk Blog

How I got a big advance from a big publisher and self-published anyway | Penelope Trunk Blog | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

Wow, I haven't posted on this topic for AGES. But to be honest most of the posts I've come across are reiterations of the same thing. This one, at least, is an entertaining story.

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Getting E-Book Readers to Dumpster-Dive (It’s a Good Thing) | Digital Book World

Getting E-Book Readers to Dumpster-Dive (It’s a Good Thing) | Digital Book World | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

One of the most thought-provoking thoughts on e-book pricing I've seen for a while.

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Should Authors Design Their Own Books?

Should Authors Design Their Own Books? | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

DIY or hire a professional? This post helps you decide.

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Publishing (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Everything You Wanted to Know about Publishing (But Were Afraid to Ask) | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

Quite a decent primer if you're new to this game.

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France Guillotines Copyright

France Guillotines Copyright | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

Confusing... so the organization holds the right to publish in digital form instead of whom? 

 

2nd posting... woops sorry stuck it in the wrong topic.

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Are Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (KOLL) Borrows Cannibalizing Your Book Sales? | Digital Book World

Are Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (KOLL) Borrows Cannibalizing Your Book Sales? | Digital Book World | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

My eyes glazed over once there were more numbers than words, but the bottom line is clear enough.

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Jackie Collins to Self-Publish

Jackie Collins to Self-Publish | Can Writers Choose? | Scoop.it

The Disruption continues.

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