Resources and tips for the self-published author.
by Maureen Crisp • June 22, 2018
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With the Kindle reader’s algorithm, more pages means more money.
When more money is involved there will always be people looking to get the most out of it. But these people who are rigging the system are ruining it for the people out there who are genuine about their writing. How do self publishers know when authors are rigging the algorithm and when they are just writing?
Rumblings and Rumours
O what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive.*
The more authors dig under the cockygate saga rocks, the more slimy practices are being exposed. They seem to be going in a circle as David Gaughran has sleuthed a connecting rod from one chancer to another. Book Stuffing – a scam to fool the page read algorithm so the author can grab more from the pot of money in Kindle Unlimited gets a close look.
Kris Rusch has written an interesting post on learned helplessness. Do you suffer from it? Have you got fixed in your mind that you need to have help to achieve in your writing career? Many writers actually suffer from it though they might not know it.
Stephen Pressfield is writing a new book on the writers journey. He’s writing it as a serial on his blog first. Stephen is pretty famous for his writing book, The War of Art, which is a fabulous read. Take a look at some of his serial entries.
The Author’s Guild is like the American version of the Society of Authors. They have been changing their way of operating to make it more responsive to its members needs. Regional chapters and a help desk with a direct line into Amazon have made writers sit up and take notice.
As the Northern Hemisphere slides into summer, thoughts turn to all the big writing conventions that happen over summer. Gail Carriger has the must pack list for authors who are planning their professional development trips.
In The Craft Section,
In The Marketing Section,
Kate Krake has listed 52 fears of writers. Who knew we were such a fearful lot? Naming your fear and confronting it can help. Spending too much time worrying about your writing fears can paralyze you.
* Walter Scott
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.