Morning Cuppa – 06/07/13 – Wiretapping that ass! Big pub will fail! Don’t do this on Twitter!


  • Hey, so remember that police state that the Patriot Act created back in 2001? e94dd54b13360d13340f6a7067000493Yep, it’s still humming along! If you squint hard you can just make out the NSA workers waving through the blacked-out glass of the Utah Data Centere. Some people are, like U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, are sad (look at that frown!) that Americans would be angry that their calls to phone sex lines and aunt Eunice are being collected. Who really enforces the Bill of Rights anymore, anyways?
  • Will big publishers make it in the ebook world? Probably not, and this article lists of reasons why (warning: heavy on the ‘death of publishing’). The points about trad pub being a lumbering behemoth that doesn’t understand the first thing about publishing in a digital age are particularly relevant.

    Remember when Penguin started up Book Country? And we were kinda enthusiastic for a while, because it was something new at least, but it was not very user friendly? And then it started offering mediocre and largely overpriced publishing packages? And then Penguin bought Author Solutions, the company that makes a living by ripping off authors, and integrated their overpriced crap into Book Country?
    Yeah. That’s what I mean, right there.

  • Now for your horror and amusement, I present to you how NOT to use Twitter if you’re an author:badtweetI really hope that this is the fault of his publisher and not something that this guy thought would get him more sales. I’ll give it to him, it got him some coverage… and if you believe that any coverage is good coverage well, mission accomplished.
  • Finally: Oh my god you fucking geeks, will you get your shit together? Why is it that in 2013 people still think it’s okay to sexually harass or belittle people who are in costume at cons?

Morning Cuppa – 05/22/13 – I start blogging for Apex! Bookstore deathwatch! 5 paths to publishing!


  • Yesterday, I started a gig as a blogger for Apex Book Company. It’s a once a month sort of thing shared with a stable of other writers. I’m really excited for the opporunity! Go check out my post, An Ode to the Weird!
  • In spite of all the news that indies are doing great now that the major bookstores are closing down, times are still tough for booksellers. Case in point: Once Sold Tales, the Seattle bookstore, is closing down and are in a mad dash to get rid of their 500,000 book inventory before they have to vacate their warehouse and pulp all of their remaining product.
  • We all know the night is dark and full of terrors, right? But the paths to publishing don’t necessarily have to be especially with the help of Virginia Quarterly web editor Jane Friedman. She’s put together a one-page pdf that outlines 5 common paths to publishing, assessing value to the author, degree of risk, and money making potential. Neato.

The Write Lines: Ebook publishing and getting a traditional book deal

Sue Cook talks to Mark Edwards (Catch your Death, Killing Cupid), Roz Morris (My Memories of a Future Life) and Mel Sherratt (Taunting the Dead, Somewhere to Hide) about self-publishing ebooks on Amazon. The guests share their experiences, with advice about how to get to the top of the Kindle chart, and perhaps even get a traditional book deal. Produced by Ian Skillicorn.

The Write Lines: Ebook publishing and getting a traditional book deal [PODCAST] | BookMachine – the book publishing portal – events, views and publishing tips.

Catherine, Caffeinated: Why I Unpublished My Self-Published Novel

A couple of months ago, I quietly unpublished the only novel I’ve self-published to date, Results Not Typical.

Maybe you noticed. Maybe you didn’t. You probably didn’t, and that’s a good thing, as I’ll explain in a minute. But I know it seems like a weird thing to do, so let me explain my reasons behind it.

via Why I Unpublished My Self-Published Novel « Catherine, Caffeinated.