Who are the real gatekeepers?

(This post originally appeared October 2013. While some of the players have changed, the basic premise still remains. There are still those out there who believe indie authors are hacks--at best--who haven't struggled hard enough to earn the title of "author".) Over the last couple of days, I've seen a number of posts by authors... Continue Reading →

Advances: Buy, Sell, or Hold?

What should you do with an advance, if you get one? For purely indie writers, or those who work with small presses that don't offer advances, we dream fond dreams akin to "if I won the lottery, I would . . ." I have gotten one advance, that for a non-fiction work. It was to... Continue Reading →

More than one game in town.

Good morning, all. I hope everyone here in the States had a safe and wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. It has always been an important weekend in my family. There hasn't been a generation, going back more than 250 years, when there hasn't been at least one member in the military. On my mother's side of... Continue Reading →

Who are the real gatekeepers?

Over the last couple of days, I've seen a number of posts by authors from both sides of the traditional vs. indie publishing discussion (yes, I'm being nice here. In most cases, discussion doesn't exactly describe the content. Argument or even screaming hissy fit usually comes closer). This comes on top of a long thread... Continue Reading →

Some Saturday Morning Thoughts

Last Tuesday, I posted "Publish or Perish or be Condemned". For those of you who haven't read it, it was basically a post giving my take on someone else's condemnation of those of us who self-publish or publish through small and micro presses because we are, according to this person, killing literature. I wasn't the... Continue Reading →

We’re not gonna take it anymore!

I woke this morning with this Twisted Sister song ringing through my head. The video, which I hadn't seen in years, was vivid in my mind. The image of the father, leaning over his son, demanding "What do you want to do with your life?" was right there.Except this time, instead of straight laced father... Continue Reading →

Who am I to decide?

I asked Sarah if I could have the blog today because, frankly, I've been sitting on my hands and biting my tongue most of the week. What started as a simple and heart-felt response on Sarah's part to a non-fiction author's blog post turned into a war between fiction and non-fiction with a troll to-boot.... Continue Reading →

Good Writer, Here’s a Cracker

by Amanda S. Green All right, guys, I've just about lost patience with the whiners, the clueless and the traditionalists who simply can't be bothered to explore the new opportunities offered by changes in the publishing industry. There are times when I don't know whether to beat my head against the wall or theirs and,... Continue Reading →

Is it time for Atlas to Shrug?

Over the last few weeks, my posts here have focused on the Department of Justice's antitrust filings against Apple and five of the big six publishers. It's hard to think about the state of the publishing industry and not wonder how the suit, the settlement three of the defendants have already agreed to as well... Continue Reading →

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