Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hachette/Amazon

Authors! To the barricades! Surely, together, we can come up with a form of Union to represent us and our interests? On our own, we have no voice, but as a group just think of the strength and confidence it would give us all.

If you’re tired of getting screwed, tired of desperately unfair contracts all in the publishers’ favour, maybe now is the time to do something about it.

With all the Hachette/Amazon hullabaloo, and all the astonishing changes in the way you can publish a book, it sounds the ideal time to organise an Authors’ Union and slip it under the wire as the official authorial voice before the publishing world realises it exists.

What do you think?

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Thesetwo companies are really going nuclear just now. Amazon wrote a letter to all its Kindle published authors, asking them to write to Hachette for being nasty, and Hachette’s boss has written to all of those who have written to him (be interesting to know how many) with a fairly straightforward response.

So who is right?
Amazon is saying that they want all books to have their prices reduced. Who will that help? Perhaps it’ll do something for publishers in terms of additional sales, but I rather doubt it. The additional sales will be more than outweighed by the reduced amount paid.
I have to say that from an author’s perspective, I do not understand why Amazon should deserve such a large cut of my money. They are trying to impose retail prices, which is fine – but they are fully entitled to charge what they want already. If they…

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The end of an era

I think all self-published authors feel the same way as Jane, the OP (obviously apart from the best sellers!).

I don’t tweet or blog the life out of anyone; it’s counter-productive. I know how irritated I get if someone shouts: ‘Buy my book! Buy my book!’ every five minutes.

You have to be a little bit subtle. But what do you do when that doesn’t work either?

I’ve no idea. I’ve done my share of straw-clutching when this or that self-proclaimed kindle guru tells you that his idea is THE ONE. The one that will make all the difference.

But hey, we all read the same books on how to improve sales, so what difference can it really make?

Imagine if you didn’t really love writing and you discovered that being an author bears a lot of similarity to beating your head against the wall.

I know I couldn’t carry on without that basic love of words, the feel and the sound and the rhythm of them.

And when you manage to put them all together in a book-length work of fiction, it’s magic.

So I will just carry on, carrying on. How about you?

Jane Dougherty Writes

Today I have been formatting the final volume of The Green Woman series, Beyond the Realm of night. Tomorrow it will all be done, blurbs and acknowledgements written, and ready to go. This should be a moment of great excitement. I should feel a great sense of acheivement. Do I? Not really. For one thing, like all good stories, it isn’t over. I am still writing stories about incidental characters, and have written 100k words of the follow-on series.

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But there is another reason for not feeling particularly excited about the ending of this particular chapter: a great sense of frustration. I look at how other authors promote their books, I read their promotional blurbs, their frantic tweets and FB posts. I sometimes even dip into some of the ‘awesome’ stories using Amazon’s nifty look inside feature. What do I find? A morass of mediochre, badly-constructed, unoriginal writing. I know…

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Meet The Authors Event at The Atrium, North Walsham Norfolk UK

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I had a lovely day yesterday at this ‘Meet the Authors’ event at The Atrium in North Walsham Norfolk (UK) and all the other local authors also seemed to have a fun time.

Organised by Bob White of The Showcase Gallery in North Walsham, it went like clockwork. Bob, his wife and staff certainly put the hours in to make it such an enjoyable event,. Many thanks to him and all his helpers.

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Everyone was very friendly and all the book buyers were wonderfully interested and appreciative. I sold a number of my books as did all the other authors. They were going like the proverbial hot cakes! I’ve now run out of paperback copies of Reluctant Queen and must remember to order some more. I even had to let the last, display copy go! Now  that’s what I call a successful event.

Thanks Bob

Meet The Local Authors, North Norfolk, UK

I’ll be one of  the local authors attending at The Atrium, North Walsham, North Norfolk, UK, tomorrow, Saturday 9 August 2014 between 10.00 a m and 4.00 p m.

This event has been organised by the Showcase Gallery in the town. Bob White, who kindly invited me to attend, said: ‘The idea is for people interested in writing and reading to come and meet authors and have their books signed, possibly for early Christmas presents.’ Or birthday presents, or just because, hey, you feel in a giving mood. And why not?!

Amongst the other authors Bob has lined up are Chris Crowther, Joanna Lehmann-Hackett with her novel on Norfolk Rebels, Steve Appleyard who has written lots of local books, including Dogs Welcome — Norfolk Beaches and From Pot to Plate, Phil Johnson who has written The Little Blue Boat for children and Mike Weatherstone, whose book Norfolk, A History Through its village Signs, has proved popular.

Bob said he’s hoping other authors will have confirmed by the start time  tomorrow.

Come one, come all.

I’m sorry I was unable to post about this before, but my internet connection has been cranky beyond all coping with.

Here’s the full address and the other details:

The Atrium Spenser Avenue, North Walsham Norfolk NR28 9HZ

http://www.theatrium.org.uk

Box Office: 01692 400080

Hope  to see you there.