This week on our Publishing News Roundup series we talk about the bad behavior going on in the internet publishing world.
There has been some bad internet behavior involving Goodreads which we will be discussing. We will also be discussing Writer Beware’s most recent post on Amazon reviews. Here is the next in our publishing news series:
Internet Bad Behavior
I’m sitting in a warm house listening to classic jazz and being completely distracted by the hail hitting the windows. I am supposed to be on a writing retreat. That’s where you run away to a distraction free zone and wrestle with your manuscript. As I write this Stormy Weather is playing on the stereo… and out the window. Honestly you would think I was writing fiction.
It has been a little bit stormy out in the publishing blogosphere this week.
The Alliance of Independent Authors is promoting their ethical author manifesto
and it has a clause about not engaging in troll behaviour along with other good acts of authorship.
Writer Beware has an interesting post on Amazon reviews
. Amazon has been tightening up the reviews it posts because of sock puppetry and one star bullying behaviour but they may have gone too far in the zealousness. It all hinges on their data mining… and boy do they know a lot about you.
(Sorry just had to take a break to dance around to Louis Armstrong’s Aint Misbehaving.)
Mike Shatzkin takes a pot shot at the WSJ and the Guardian.
This week they will both be publishing the first chapter from Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set A Watchman. Aside from the 1950’s era of journalism involved, Mike thinks they and Lee’s publishers have completely missed the point in getting readers for this book.
Jane Friedman always has interesting things to say. Here she looks at the P and L sheet
publishers have to fill in before they decide to publish. Authors should also be aware of the Profit and Loss Sheet and how it impacts them.
In the Craft Section,
In the Marketing Section,
Website of the Week.
Wimbledon has been on this week. They are sweltering in the heat.
Publishing Perspectives has an entertaining look at what it might be like if publishing was like Wimbledon.
Back to wrestling with the manuscript…
About Maureen Crisp
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.