I’m J L Wilson, and I’ll be blogging monthly about stories that caught my eye as I navigate the blogisphere, watching the Train Wreck That Is Publishing (TWTIP). Do you have a story that you thought was interesting? Share it in the comments!
- Ah, the test of a good book. Not page 1. Not the back cover blurb. Page 99 (I’m not sure how you’d do this with a digital book, but it’s interesting).
- A fun look at Edgar Allan Poe (what we do when we have some spare time).
- Thoughtful observations on international publishing and the effects of ebooks there.
- An interesting essay contrasting two mega-sellers: The Hunger Games and Twilight books. I have no opinion since I haven’t read either series. They’re on my “to be read someday when I get time” list.
- An interesting take on why Dorchester’s decision to go digital then POD may backfire.
- I suppose many people have heard how Joe Konrath is making a big success in self-publishing. Here’s another point of view, with Konrath and other chiming in with sales numbers & figures to back it up.
- Here’s a nice chart about royalties, and as an added bonus, a debate about royalties in the Comments section.
- Did you hear about the Franzen Furor? Here’s a good summary about the male/female, New York Times feud that broke out.
- And yet more about self-publishing and why it will (or won’t) work, depending on your POV.
- Here’s an older post from an independent bookseller about the costs of doing business. Quite eye-opening.
- Do you think a woman could be a Great American Novelist?
- For those of you participating in the National Novel Writing Month
- And to follow NaNoWriMo on Twitter.
- Here’s a good post about the first chapter and why it’s so important.
That’s it for now — I’ve only scratched the blog/news surface of what’s out there and what’s caught my attention. I’ll be curious to see what crops up next month in the ever-changing world of publishing!