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message 1: by Alex (last edited Oct 15, 2017 02:09PM) (new)

Alex (asato) Informative interview!

https://leanpub.com/podcasts/backmatt...

~18:00 - You should innovate on sales and distribution: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) could sustain himself on bookstore sales instead of needing a patron or being independently wealthy & Mark Twain (1835-1910) peddled his most successful book door-to-door like a vacuum-cleaner salesman. Should you innovate? How do you innovate?

~27:00 - Are the big 5 publishers adapting? Publishers haven't figured out how to scale book promo digitally-driven campaigns. But Marie Lu has a really excellent digital campaign for Warcross. Pans Jonathan Franzen's criticism of digital editor actions.

~31:30 - Assigns broad attributes to authors: trad vs self-pub; love amazon vs hate amazon; which flows into the recent controversy over third-party hardcopy sellers being elevated to the Amazon Buy button.

~46:00 - Is print back? ^_^ The UK Publishers Association "mainstream" report doesn't cover self-publishing nor Amazon sales. The truth: Major publisher share of digital is shrinking while self-publishing, independent small- and mid-publishers, and Amazon imprints are growing.

~53:00 - Optically (sp?), a service that shows how your book is selling across different distribution channels. Maybe http://logical-marketing.com/authors/ (also http://logical-marketing.com/about-us...)

-56:00 - Plug for Pronoun. Anyone have any feedback on their current usage?

-57:00 - New book! The Business of Being a Writer a Writer about publishing and how writers make money other than through publishing a book. To be released in March 2018.
"The Business of Being a Writer offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. It is meant for early-career writers looking to develop a realistic set of expectations about making money from their work or for working writers who want a better understanding of the industry. Writers will gain a comprehensive picture of how the publishing world works—from queries and agents to blogging and advertising—and will learn how they can best position themselves for success over the long term."



message 2: by Graeme (new)

Graeme Rodaughan | 7240 comments So far Pronoun is a better option for 2 key reasons. Better royalties especially when selling at less than $2.99 and other channel sales exceed KU reads.


message 3: by Denise (new)

Denise Baer Graeme wrote: "So far Pronoun is a better option for 2 key reasons. Better royalties especially when selling at less than $2.99 and other channel sales exceed KU reads."

Sorry to veer away from the main topic, but I was wondering about Pronoun. I'm considering them for my next book, but I was worried about the lack of exposure. I'm an unknown author, so of course I'm worried if I went with Pronoun instead of Amazon, I wouldn't have that exposure and comfort. Many people don't feel comfortable buying from sites they don't know. Graeme, I'd love to hear your take and experience on it in another thread.


message 4: by Alex (new)

Alex (asato) Here's a January 2017 Q&A w/Pronoun:

https://www.janefriedman.com/pronoun-...

There's a thread on SIA, but for quality over quantity, I'd go with Graeme's analysis. To tide you over, you can look at some of his Pronoun-related posts here:

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 5: by Denise (new)

Denise Baer Alex wrote: "Here's a January 2017 Q&A w/Pronoun:

https://www.janefriedman.com/pronoun-...

There's a thread on SIA, but for quality over quantity, I'd go with Graeme's analysis. To tide you over, yo..."


Thanks, Alex. I'll read through both. I did sign up for Pronoun a while ago, but I think it's time to revisit it again.


message 6: by Graeme (new)

Graeme Rodaughan | 7240 comments Hi Denise, Alex,

The best link is this one, https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

I start using Pronoun from this comment forward.


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