Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Eclipse Follow Up from Stephanie Meyer - The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Coming this June 5, 2010 is Stephanie Meyer's newest book called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. If you loved the Twilight series, then there's no reason not to get into this one.

I read on Stephanie Meyer's website that she came up with this while writing Eclipse to figure out what it was like being a new vampire. This section was supposed to go into the Vampire Guide she was going to release but ended up too long. The material here was also used in the movie as the director/ producer and actors wanted to be able to understand how they should portray the rising team of young vampires

After type-setting, this part of the book got too long to be inserted in the Vampire Guide and so here it is, it's very own "novella" as they call it. 200 pages of Bree Tanner's short second life for everybody to enjoy

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Will Kindle And Other eBook Readers Lose Out To iPad?

A recent survey by ChangeWave Research took a look at over three thousand consumers shortly after the iPad was revealed to the world. They gave special attention to the device’s function as an e-reader or its ability to snatch the sales crown from the Kindle.

A whopping 40% of those looking to bring an e-reader home in the next ninety days chose the iPad. The Kindle comes in second with 28%, Barnes & Noble’s Nook with 6%, and Sony with a miniscule 1%.

I've heard the criticisms and I love both Jeffrey Bezos and Steve Jobs - as to which product will sell better. We shall see when iPad launches next month

The Self Publishing Boom And How It Gave Birth To Unsuspecting Authors

We have to admit that self publishing is now a very acceptable means of putting your work out there.

To quote Mediashift, "Mid-level authors already know that the era of large advances, generous royalties, book tours and media spots are over. They have to spend their own time and money to create a website and publicize their books. Publishers just don't have the resources to offer them full support. Why? The Internet, online bookstores, e-books, and an economy in decline are cited as some root causes of the steady slump in the traditional publishing industry. In 2005 sales were down by 9 percent (and have continued to fall). Yet in 2006 print-on-demand exploded."

Sure the big names like Random House might still make a difference in terms of publisher credibility but the power of the big publishing houses are no longer as prominent as they'd like it to be. Self publishing has blurred the definitions and means of "HOW" to get published as long as well they see the light at the end of the tunnel and eventually just get their book to the marketplace.

Today's definition of self-publishing includes subsidy and vanity presses, print-on-demand companies, and book packagers, which many would like to clarify as being publishing or author services companies.

"Author Solutions' brands -- AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford, Wordclay, and Xlibris -- have published more than 120,000 books by 85,000 authors," Publishers Weekly's Lynn Andriani reported her article.

In the end I think it's going to lean a lot on the author's preference, ambition and capacity to pay.

Read the full article, Self-Publishing, Author Services Open Floodgates for Writers