January 28th, 2009

Self publishing flourishes - the industry, not the authors

The New York Times has an article on self publishing. In part it says, "self-publishing companies are ramping up their title counts and making money on books that sell as few as five copies, in part because the author, rather than the publisher, pays for things like cover design and printing costs....Not only do they receive no advance payments, but they also often must pay out of their own pockets before seeing a dime. They do not have the benefit of the marketing acumen of traditional publishers, and have diminished access to the vast bookstore distribution pipeline that big publishers can provide. [Full disclosure: diminished access? Basically you are talking no access.]...For many self-published authors, the niche is very small. Mr. Weiss of Author Solutions estimates that the average number of copies sold of titles published through one of its brands is just 150."

Read more here.



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Our new cover is up


Face of Betrayal, the first in a new series co-written with Lis Wiehl, comes out a week before my birthday. I’m doing a reading at the Cedar Hills Powells the day it’s released, April 7. If you live in Portland, I would love to see you there.



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Fiction is stranger than truth

So, the Girl in the Mini Cooper is about a girl who is kidnapped. Kayla realizes he’ll never let her go and that it’s up to her to free herself.

The book is going to be told as kind of a collage – several points of view, newspaper clippings, text messages, to do lists, etc.

I wanted to find a horoscope for Kayla, so I clicked around on various horoscope sites.

And this is a “real” horoscope I found. It’s so perfect it’s scary.

Kayla’s horoscope
It's not as easy as it should be for you today, because you are anchored to the past in a way that makes it hard for you to respond to what's happening in the present. You know what you want and where you want to go, but are not free to execute your plan just yet. Don't let restrictions or delays make you so frustrated that you impulsively do something stupid. Move carefully now. Think twice before making any unnecessary decisions; rest assured you have more time than you think.

[Full disclosure: only it’s sort of wrong. Kayla doesn’t have very much time.]



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Naming names

I need a name for a main character, a female serial killer who looks and acts normal most of the time.

Got a first name you want to nominate? She's white, in her mid-30s, middle class, American.

I'll send you a book or two if I pick yours.



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