Some of you will have noticed Fussy Librarian’s heads-up about a month ago that they were losing their Amazon Affiliate income: the axe has now lowered, and it’s taking out several of the email promo lists.
The best commentary and summary is as follows:
(one correction: Fussy Librarian was the first to announce the impending change, not the first to close. It is still open for business.)
The original piece is here, but the Passive Voice comments/commentary above is as valuable as the original article.
and Hugh Howey adds a former bookseller’s perspective here:
I don’t know much about Goodreads; after experiencing some toxic anti-author culture there (prior to Amazon acquisition), I’ve steered well clear. However, if this is going to be something Amazon is putting muscle behind, it’s probably well past time I grab Mary Catelli or Cedar Sanderson and have them talk about using GoodReads as an author, and as an avid reader, and learn the site. Consider this your heads-up so you can start your own research ahead of the market curve.
Who else here is on goodreads already? What forums or lists do you participate in?
Currently, Goodreads deals are not open to author promotion, but they will take emails from publishing houses. Unlike trad-pub authors, this means as the co-president of the one-author publishing house, I may send a nice, polite email to them prior to running a price promotion on my author.
And now for two great notes: if you like to read in print instead of ebook, Peter Grant’s Brings the Lightning is now out in hardcover! As of this writing, it’s not yet tied to the ebook, so here’s the link:
Also, speaking of Mary Catelli, if you like short stories that are as much fairy tale as fantasy, with heroes who have to strive and sacrifice to win, ladies who win by persistence, cleverness, and hard work, and curses that come back to haunt their casters, I highly recommend her.
Start with her collection Curses and Wonders, and settle in with your favourite beverage that still tastes good when you lose track of time and it loses original temperature. Fever and Snow is my favourite, but there are lots of good ones in there!