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andy-ross's picture
Apr.01.2010
Just in. News from Publishers Weekly. Amazon.com, the Earth's largest bookstore, has just gotten a little smaller. Starting today all new titles from Penguin Books will not be available on Kindle editons from Amazon. They will be available from other e-book distributors. Since Amazon currently...
andy-ross's picture
Mar.21.2010
  Ask the Agent has been covering the developing story of the changing models for selling e-books and the struggle for market share between  Amazon and Apple. An article appeared in the New York Times on March 17 that adds a new and troubling wrinkle to the story. 90% of the retail sale of e-books...
andy-ross's picture
Mar.09.2010
  This has been getting my goat for 10 years.  According to Publisher's Weekly today,  Amazon. com dropped all their Colorado "Associates" because the state passed legislation requiring internet retailers to collect local sales tax.   The Amazon "Associates" program is the very...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Mar.07.2010
Kingsley Amis said that “a bad review may spoil your breakfast, but you shouldn’t allow it to spoil your lunch.” That’s because Kingsley, bless his vindictive old heart, was no doubt too busy ruining someone else’s. Believe me, a bad review leaves a bad taste all day long. That’s not because of any...
larry-schliessmann's picture
Feb.27.2010
It's a first step and I'll take it!   My novel "Drop Dead Cadillac" is one of a 1000 general fiction novels in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest to move into the second round of editorial reviews.    Since the total number of entries for the contest is 10,000, I'm...
andy-ross's picture
Jan.31.2010
I woke up this morning to the astonishing news that Amazon.com has stopped selling all titles from Macmillan , the sixth largest publisher in America.  I learned  about this first on Frances Dinkenspiel's blog, Ghost Word.  Frances is a Macmillan author.   According to an article in The New York...
bernice-l-mcfadden's picture
Jan.28.2010
The other night I was up watching a re-run of  The Dave Chappelle Show and the opening skit resonated with me so much so, that even though I was drifting off to sleep I popped right up to fully take in the message which represented what it is we African American writers have been complaining about...
nina-amir's picture
Jan.20.2010
If you look back at some of my posts from April 2008, you'll see that at that time Amazon was threatening to monopolize the print-on-demand (POD) publishing industry.  Amazon wanted all POD publishers to print their books using BookSurge, a POD owned by Amazon. In other words, they wanted all POD...
andy-ross's picture
Jan.11.2010
I used to do a lot of public speaking, and in some pretty big venues, too. I  also seemed to be on a lot of  media people's rolodexes (yes, that is what they had back then). When they needed a quote about the virtue of local business or "bricks and mortar" stores, they could always get a...
lakisha-spletzer's picture
Jan.08.2010
I'm beginning to understand why authors lament about deadlines. They can be nerve-wrecking, especially for a first time author. Although I don't have a publisher (I'm self-publishing my first novel), I chose to treat the whole process of publishing my book as a serious deal. I set deadlines for...