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A History of Pen Names (Infographic)
May 18, 2015 | 4:22 pm

pen namesHere's a fun infographic from PrinterInks about pen names. Who had what pen name? How were the most prolific authors with pseudonyms and more. Some will be familiar--we all knew Mark Twain was a pen name, right? Others might not be. I'll even admit that I didn't recognize some of the authors (pen or real), but I won't admit which ones. I'd hate to be accused of not reading the "right books." However, some of you might not be so shy so feel free to share your surprises (if any) in the comments. And if you want to stay mum and just enjoy...

Morning Links: Keurig sort of apologizes for DRM. Scalzi: Hugos not destroyed
May 11, 2015 | 9:00 am

keurigWhere Authors Fit Into Multi-Channel Publishing (DBW) In many ways, some authors already excel at multi-channel content development. *** Appeals court kills flight attendants’ challenge to electronics on planes (Ars Technica) A Washington, DC appeals court ruled Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration did not overstep its authority when it allowed airline passengers to use electronic devices during takeoff and landing. *** Keurig CEO Sort Of (But Not Really) Apologizes For Company's Ridiculous Foray Into Obnoxious Coffee DRM (Techdirt) A little more than a year after the embarrassing saga began, Keurig appears to finally be beginning a not-entirely graceful about-face on the matter. *** The Hugos Not Actually...

Should authors respond to positive reviews?
April 7, 2015 | 10:25 am

reading There have been plenty of stories over the years of authors who have gone a bit off the deep end when reacting to negative reviews. However, what should authors do when a good review comes along? Some have thanked the reviewer for their opinion, while others say nothing. Being thankful or silence. Personally, I enjoy when an author leaves a comment on one of my reviews. A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way, especially if the remarks don’t feel spammy. Rather, the author seemed to appreciate that you took the time to read their book and write a review for...

Stacey Dash and the incredible non-existent publishing scandal
March 2, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Stacey who? Sorry, maybe this is my Brit-ness coming out. But, who? I mean, funky-sounding monicker that could have been built for headlines, but all the same ... who? Well, maybe that's part of the problem. Adweek, and after them, Publishing Talk Daily, apparently thought there was mileage enough in Stacey Dash's latest news to run an item on her book deal with "conservative" publisher Regnery Publishing, for her memoir There Goes My Social Life, about her "coming out" as a conservative. As it happens, the Regnery website doesn't throw up any answer currently to a search for Stacey, or Dash. But...

Morning Links: New Dr. Seuss books coming. Kindlebox links Dropbox and Kindle
February 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindleboxKindlebox Automatically Sends Books from Your Dropbox to Your Kindle (Lifehacker) It's pretty easy to send just about anything to your Kindle, but if you're looking for an even more automated solution, Kindlebox does the job by linking a Dropbox folder to your Kindle and sending anything over automatically. *** New Dr. Seuss Books Coming in July (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Penguin Random House is going to publish a recently rediscovered Dr Seuss book later this year. *** Business Musings: A Year of Experiments (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) So much experimenting, so many different projects, that I walk into my office and find my head spinning. Thanks...

Morning Links: Anne Rice to pen book on author bullying. Improve the homepage
February 10, 2015 | 9:00 am

anne riceAnne Rice to Pen Book on Author Bullying (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Author and expert on bullying Anne Rice took to her Facebook page this weekend to announce her latest project: She's writing a book on author bullying. *** Penguin Classics Celebrates 80th (GalleyCat) Penguin Classics is celebrating its 80th birthday by selling 80 of its Little Black Classics for 80 pence (about $1.25). *** Forget Everything You Thought You Know About the Homepage (GigaOM) Is that really the best we can do? Melody Kramer doesn’t think it is — or at least she would like people to think a little more outside the box, as it...

Morning Links: Free samples of 2015 Newberry winners. Book price doesn’t measure value.
February 3, 2015 | 9:00 am

newbery winnersFree Samples of the 2015 Newbery Medal & Newbery Honor Winners (GalleyCat) We’ve linked to free samples of the Newbery Medal-winning title and the Newbery Honor books below. *** Why Book Price Doesn't and Shouldn't Measure Value (Dear Author) Last week, author advocate Porter Anderson wrote a piece on book pricing called ‘Who Decided Our Worth?’ Do Free Books Give Away Authors’ Value?, in which authors like Roz Morris, Henry Hyde, and others try to build the case for book prices that reflect an author’s “value” and “worth.” *** The Indie Author Dream: Fact of Fiction? (GoodeReader) Much of the ongoing drama between the self-publishing proponents...

Weekend Links: Should writers be open about income? Fighting a book slump
February 1, 2015 | 11:20 am

book slumpShould Writers be More Open About Their Income? (GalleyCat) Writing books may be one’s most important work in life, but it is not always the easiest way to pay the bills. *** Canadians Can't Watch 'Real' Superbowl Commercials (Techdirt) The process is known under CRTC regulation as "simultaneous substitution"...So, whenever a U.S. station is showing the same program as a Canadian channel, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requires that upon request the cable or satellite provider must switch the American feed over so that the Canadian commercials are visible and the broadcasters’ rights deals are upheld. *** Canadian Indies Report a Positive 2014 (PW) Independent bookstores...

Morning Links: Indie authors quitting day jobs. iPad turns 5
January 29, 2015 | 9:00 am

ipad turns 5Indie Authors Quitting Their Day Jobs- 2015 (The Passive Voice) The most commented posts in the history of The Passive Voice have been those requesting the stories of  indie authors who have been able to quit their day jobs and live on their writing income. The first post is here and the second is here. *** Apple's iPad Turns 5: Has it Lived Up to Steve Job's 2010 Keynote? (Slate) Five years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad. At a time when the press and the public were wondering whether anyone really needed a third computing device, Jobs was remarkably clear-sighted about what...

Morning Links: Illegal music file sharing virtually eliminated in Norway. Auditing media habits
January 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

file sharingRecording Industry Has 'Virtually Eliminated Illegal File-Sharing' In Norway -- By Offering Better Products (Techdirt) A countrywide survey in December 2014 showed that just 4% of Norwegians under 30 years still used illegal file-sharing platforms to get hold of music. *** 4 Lessons From Two Months of Selling Books (Book Riot) A few months ago, I was ecstatic to learn about a new indie bookstore opening in my neighborhood in Chicago. On a whim, I messaged the new owner to congratulate her, and to see if she would be hiring booksellers. *** Authors Playing the Long Game in a Tough Book Market (Digital Book World) In...

You’re never too old for literary fame and fortune
January 21, 2015 | 10:25 am

For all those talented writers still plugging away in obscurity, here's today's ray of hope - an infographic from Tesco's Blinkbox Books, which asks "What age did the greatest authors publish their most famous works?" The original page itself is in fact a fully interactive mega-bookshelf, which invites you to "explore the careers of some of the world’s most successful authors" and "sort by first published book, age at breakthrough book, and number of books published, so you could do far worse for a quick comparative summary skimthrough of some great literary careers. But even the raw graphic is useful enough. I'd query...

Wylie the jackal becomes Hachette’s running dog?
October 31, 2014 | 10:25 am

AndrewWylie.PhotographEamonnMcCabe.jpgNever one to bear a grudge or indulge in overly aggressive, unreflective self-promotion, Andrew Wylie can't seem to forgive Amazon for the failure of his Odyssey JV with them - or in general, for failing to acknowledge that nothing moves until Andrew Wylie says so. And now he's blaming Amazon for depriving writers of a decent living. “Writers will begin to make enough money to live,” he claims, according to his keynote address at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, if only the Big Five have the cojones like Hachette to stand up to Amazon, who he doesn't hesitate to compare to ISIS. Hold...