Tuesday, June 22, 2010
This new editor is finding issues on every page! Small stuff, mostly, but come on!
I was born in the United States, write for a living, and have lived for 36 years. Why can't I master this language?
The English must have had a lot of time on their hands and been really anal-retentive to come up with so many rules. I can see why Roger Waters didn't "want no education". Cripes!
Anyway, thanks to Jessica for being so thorough. It's like she has x-ray vision. Soon my book will be sparkly clean and, furthermore, will comply with the Chicago Manual of Style. Does every city have their own version of English? Did we just pick a city in the middle to split the difference?
Everyday is science fiction.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Ding! Ding! Ding! First blog post on here!
Isn't it interesting that an online bookstore publishes their own books?
It's kind of like a grocery store selling their own brand of bread, milk, and yogurt... Oh, wait they already do that. In my neck of the woods there's a chain of grocery stores called Safeway which has their own "Safeway Select" brand of all kinds of typical food items. Same thing with their competitor down the road, Fred Meyer.
So why not do the same thing with books? The bookstore publishes it's own books and keeps a larger share of the profits. Good stuff.
Here's how it works: As you may know, anyone can publish a Kindle book on the Amazon store at no cost to you and you can charge whatever you want for the book. These folks are called "indie authors". Amazon takes a cut of anything sold this way and so you'd think it would end there, but the company did something clever. Because they're Amazon, they can analyze their own sales, ratings, and other data to determine indie books that show potential. An editor That's when AmazonEncore gets in there. The author gets free editing, new cover art, some promotion, etc and then their book is re-released.
Hey, it works for me!
But wait, AmazonEncore is evolving. It has only existed for about a year and it has already outgrown it's name. They're not just re-releasing successful indie books, they're now taking on some new unpublished manuscripts, just like a traditional publisher.
Ask any economist and they'll tell you competition is good and so I suppose AmazonEncore is doing their part to keep costs down and maybe enabling a few extra authors (authors like me) to sell a few extra books.
Your comments welcome, of course.