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Hey, Amazon: Where’s my money?

Hey, Amazon: Where’s my money? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
My novel shot to the top of the bestseller list last summer. You won't believe how little I got paid

 

Now that I have some quiet time around the house, I’ve started wondering: Why didn’t I just tell my wife’s family the truth to begin with? Why don’t most authors talk about money?

 

My theory: because it’s embarrassing.


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Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
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Vermont Helps Shape New Era of the Library | Idea Lab | PBS

Vermont Helps Shape New Era of the Library | Idea Lab | PBS | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
What s the purpose of the library? It s an interesting question when you consider it. In a day and age when information is not only prevalent but personalized, making even the once-common encyclopedia collection irrelevant, what role do libraries play in their communities today? It s a q...
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Guest Blogging: Google Not Walking Their Talk

Guest Blogging: Google Not Walking Their Talk | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Guest Blogging Works Because
Guest blogging is not dead and most likely it will never die. We have the proof coming right from a guest blog post on Google. We also have proof from fiends at SalesForce who BLEW UP their blog by asking for guest posts.

SalesForce published 54% of the time from guests last year and their blog traffic went through the roof. Even better, they made more money. Strange that Matt Cutts would suggest sticking a fork in guest blogging when Google continues to ask guests to blog.

Guest blogging works, when done right, because your guest brings their social network to your content. This "friends of friends" marketing idea is at the core of our Startup Factory funded startup. Curagami believes in the power of THEIR content on your digital assets.

So, when Google's talk is one way and walk is another GO WITH THEIR WALK. And in the case of guest blogging Google's walk supports guest blogging.



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The Escher Girls DMCA Story

The Escher Girls DMCA Story | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

So yesterday I found out that Randy Queen (artist of DarkChylde) filed a bunch of DMCA takedown notices to Tumblr to remove posts of his covers on this blog (the entire posts, not just the images)....


...other artists and publishers seem to understand Escher Girls & other similar sites are fair use and criticism, and that fan discussion, positive or negative, is important and helpful to their business. (In fact, the creators I’ve interacted with are either fans of EG, or expressed disagreement but know that it’s fan criticism.)

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This post covers the beginnings of the story and the updates or ending of the story is here. I post this not as a means of bullying any artist or copyright holder, nor of any blogger, etc., but as a means of understanding intellectual property issues, especially as they are involved in web or self-publishing works.

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List of Literary Journals for LGBTQ Writers, Women, and Writers of Color

List of Literary Journals for LGBTQ Writers, Women, and Writers of Color | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

In a previous post, I mentioned my desire to compile a list of journals and presses that exclusively focus on publishing underrepresented voices, such as women, LGBTQ writers, and writers of color. I’ve finally managed to pull something together that hopefully may prove to be a good starting point and resource for those writers who may wish to find a good home for their writing. Or maybe readers who wish to read more widely or diversely.


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Self-publishing surging to 31% of ebook market, claims report

Self-publishing surging to 31% of ebook market, claims report | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Hugh Howey says his study, based on calculation of Amazon sales, shows 'real progress' for authors who have chosen to go it alone (Self-publishing surging to 31% of ebook market, claims report http://t.co/FD9l6g9slG)...

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The 35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet

The 35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

The debate as to whether the Internet is good or bad for literature doesn't seem any closer to resolution now than when it began, years ago, but the fact remains that some people in the literary wo...


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Amazon-Hachette Battle: Another Turning Point? | Digital Book World

Amazon-Hachette Battle: Another Turning Point? | Digital Book World | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The Amazon-Hachette feud has been on going for over a month. Everyone has an opinion. Most of the press and book industry pundits take Hachette’s side; even

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Are Digital Distractions Monopolizing Reading Time? : Publishing Perspectives

Are Digital Distractions Monopolizing Reading Time? : Publishing Perspectives | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Books do furnish a room, but according to many in the publishing industry, the fear is that emails, online video texts and tweets will prevent them being read.

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Could Sellers Benefit from the Amazon - Hachette Standoff?

Could Sellers Benefit from the Amazon - Hachette Standoff? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
You've probably heard about the battle between Amazon.com and Hachette; it's been all over the media, and ...
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Breaks down the situation as well as presents the realities.

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Panic vs reality, and potential opportunity.

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A Little Perspective on Amazon's Book Business

A Little Perspective on Amazon's Book Business | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
What would happen to Amazon's revenues if its whole book business disappeared?

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Illuminating

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A n (Unintended) Conversation About Amazon & The Book Industry

A n (Unintended) Conversation About Amazon & The Book Industry | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
no-appy-polly-loggies asked: (( hey! so you just rebloged my post about globes - awesome! i'm glad you did! but you also added a link to amazon as a way to promote the purchase of the book. while i'm...
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it can be hard to follow conversations on Tumblr, so the conversation starts here: http://fair-oaks-antiques.tumblr.com/post/87720548729/hey-so-you-just-rebloged-my-post-about-globes


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It can be hard to follow conversations on Tumblr, so the conversation starts here: http://fair-oaks-antiques.tumblr.com/post/87720548729/hey-so-you-just-rebloged-my-post-about-globes


Does Amazon offend you? Do the stories affect your book and other purchases?

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Supreme Court Deals Major Blow To James Risen

Supreme Court Deals Major Blow To James Risen | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — A reporter who has been ordered to divulge the identity of the source of classified information lost his bid Monday to get the Supreme Court to clarify whether journalists have a right to protect their confidential sources.
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Hashtag Activism and the Lie of 'Solidarity'

Hashtag Activism and the Lie of 'Solidarity' | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Twitter has come under fire from mainstream journalists and institutional gatekeepers, derided as "toxic" and a "poisonous well." But this opposition to Twitter—to its strengths as a democratizing platform—is as old as media itself.
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Young read more books than older generation, research finds

Young read more books than older generation, research finds | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Study of American millenials finds 88% of the under-30s read at least one book a year, compared to 79% of their elders Continue reading...

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Yeah, youth!

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The best thing for books is more power to Amazon

The best thing for books is more power to Amazon | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Amazon used to set the prices people paid for ebooks. Almost everyone, even the big publishers, would be better off if they got it back.
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E-Books War To Intensify Between Apple And Amazon

E-Books War To Intensify Between Apple And Amazon | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
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E-Books War To Intensify Between Apple And Amazon
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Apple Inc. (AAPL) on Friday confirmed acquisition of book recommendation service Book Lamp in an attempt to apparently boast its e-books sales.

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50 Book Awards Open to Self-publishers

50 Book Awards Open to Self-publishers | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Being an award-winning author will help you reach more readers and sell more self-published books. James Minter lists 50 awards that welcome indie authors.


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The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon - Huffington Post

The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon - Huffington Post | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
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The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon
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Many clauses that are imposed on authors throughout the industry today bear no relationship to any economic reality other than the best interests of the publisher.

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9-Year-Old's 'Little Free Library' Shut Down By City

9-Year-Old's 'Little Free Library' Shut Down By City | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
A 9-year-old Kansas boy is fighting for his right to operate a tiny library from his front yard after city officials deemed it an illegal structure.

Spencer Collins built his "Little Free Library" -- one of 15,000 “take a book, lea...
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What does Amazon want from Hachette? Pretty much everything. » MobyLives

What does Amazon want from Hachette? Pretty much everything.  » MobyLives | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Amazon and Hachette have been squaring off for months now, but with neither company saying much to the press, the details of their dispute have been difficult to discern.

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Newsrooms School Teachers on What Students Should Learn | Mediashift | PBS

Newsrooms School Teachers on What Students Should Learn | Mediashift | PBS | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Journalism changes at a rapid speed, and universities struggle to keep pace. The system for updating curricula is often so bureaucracy-laden that by the time a new journalism tool or skill makes it into the classroom, the next big thing has already been trending on Twitter for months.
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Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk

Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Can anyone be a data journalist? Simon Rogers on what we can learn from a 1977 diagram
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In the Amazon/Hachette Fight, Wal-Mart and Barnes & Noble Could Be Winners - Motley Fool

In the Amazon/Hachette Fight, Wal-Mart and Barnes & Noble Could Be Winners - Motley Fool | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
In the Amazon/Hachette Fight, Wal-Mart and Barnes & Noble Could Be Winners Motley Fool Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT ) and Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS ) have moved quickly to attempt to capitalize on a dispute between Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ) and publisher...

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Winning at Monopoly (i.e. Amazon in the Book Industry)

Winning at Monopoly (i.e. Amazon in the Book Industry) | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

A similar game is being played in the book industry today, as it has been played in many other industries. Here at BEA, I’m hearing a lot about monopolies. (And monopsonies, for those who prefer to quibble semantically rather than understand what is meant and forge ahead in productive conversation.) Practically everyone here at the book expo believes that Amazon has gotten too big, that they wield a disproportionate amount of power, and that they must be reigned in or defeated.


I am told, without exaggeration and in all seriousness, that Amazon wants to “crush their competition.” I hear that they want to “put everyone else out of business.” Two things are true, both of which make these statements ridiculous

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Working at Vice Media Is Not As Cool As It Seems

Working at Vice Media Is Not As Cool As It Seems | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Vice Media is one of the hottest media properties in America. It's the counterculture empire that even Rupert Murdoch could love. Vice's founder, Shane Smith, has speculated his company could raise tens of billions of dollars. So why are its employees so broke and pissed off?
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