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Posts by Peter Grant

What did I tell you?

Earlier this morning, I put up an article titled “Starting a discussion on the future of independent publishing“.  In it, I said (bold print is my emphasis):

In the sense that indie authors provide content that aggregators like Amazon can use to drive traffic to their channels, we have a certain amount of “job security” – but that will last only as long as the traffic we bring to those channels justifies their investment in a hospitable environment for us. I submit that if Amazon, or any other major sales “channel”, decides that it can derive a more profitable return on investment by reallocating what it spends on us to something or someone else, it will do so in a skinny minute.

It was an eerily prophetic statement.  Bloomberg reports:  “Amazon Suppliers Panic Amid Purge Aimed at Boosting Profits“.

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Starting a discussion on the future of independent publishing

As regular readers will know, I try to focus on the business of independent writing and publishing, rather than the creative side.  There are two reasons.  First, there are plenty of good creative-focus articles and sites out there:  and second, there aren’t enough focusing on the fact that writing is, essentially, a business for all of us except those who are doing it as a hobby – and I don’t think there are many of those here.

Be that as it may, I’ve been noodling over the state of the industry for a while now.  I’m seeing a stratification emerge, and I think it’s going to affect how we work as independent authors and publishers.  I’d like to put my (admittedly incomplete) thoughts out there, and ask for your input in Comments as to how you see things.  You may figure I’m completely wrong, or partly right, or whatever.  That’s fine.  I’m trying to get a discussion going, so we can all learn from it.

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Artificial intelligence and the craft of writing

In his superb “Up the Organization” (probably the best book on business and management I’ve ever read, and one I like to re-read every year), Robert Townsend spoke of the “Man From Mars” approach.

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Disruption and the business of writing

A recent article claimed that “60% of Fortune 1000 companies will be out of business in just next 10 years“.  I’ve been following up some of the points its author makes.  Here’s an excerpt.

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Around the publishing industry

Here’s another collection of articles that caught my eye over the past couple of weeks.  They include some useful information for independent authors.  Click on the title of each section to be taken to the article concerned.

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When the characters dictate the story


We’ve all heard authors complain that their characters sometimes go off at a tangent, in a direction vastly different to what they’d intended, developing themselves in new and unusual ways, growing more than planned until a minor character can become a major protagonist, and so on.  I’ve made similar comments myself, as a book goes off the rails of my carefully-scripted plot, and I’m left haring after its hero and/or villain, shouting, “Come back!  Who told you you could do that?  Stop, I say!”

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How does “Sell The Sizzle” translate into “Sell Your Book”?

I’ve been getting back into writing and creative thought again, after several months of major disruption caused by ill health.  After much poking, prodding, testing and experimentation, I’ve substituted certain medications for others, which has helped reduce (although not eliminate) the mental block I was experiencing.

As I become accustomed to the new medications and revised dosages of old ones, my creative abilities are coming back into focus – for which duly grateful thanks to the Almighty, the doctors, my very patient and tolerant and supportive wife, and all others concerned.  I’m halfway through writing a new fantasy novel, and I’m greatly enjoying feeling the ideas flow once more.  I’ve missed them.

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