- Writing is on the wall for the new slaves: Contributors who work for free generate huge profits for website magazines
Last year an American website called Journatic, a “hyperlocal content provider”, was revealed to be employing writers in the Philippines to produce seemingly regional news stories with ersatz “American-sounding bylines” at a rate of at least 250 pieces per week for 35 cents a piece...
- '50 Shades Of Grey' Release Bumped To Valentine's Day 2015
As first reported by EW.com, the highly anticipated adaptation of E L James' erotic novel has been pushed to Valentine's Day weekend in 2015. The film's new release date is Feb. 13, 2015.
- The Macomb Feminist Network is soliciting nominations for the annual Writing Women Back into History Award.
Purpose of award:
This award was established in 2010 to honor, promote, and expand our knowledge of the extraordinary contributions women have made in shaping our local community.
E-ink Reports Revenues Up Last Quarter
It looks like E-ink’s ongoing efforts to build markets beyond ereader screens are paying off. This screen tech manufacturer, which is best known for producing the screens used in the Kindle and other ebook readers, reported a net profit last quarter.
Catching Up with Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn on New Content, Tablets
As for Kobo’s future international expansion plans, Tamblyn says “We continue to look for new countries where readers are getting excited about digital and building partnerships with booksellers and publishers to fill that need.” On September 10th Kobo launched its platform and devices in the Philippines in partnership with National Book Store.
Books-a-Million to Install POD Machines in Stores in Maine and Alabama
Books-a-Million announced today that they will soon install a couple Espresso Book Machines in 2 of their 200 plus stores. The EBMs will be installed in BAM’s stores in Huntsville, Alabama and in Portland, Maine, and they will be the first full color print on demand machines to be installed anywhere.
The Illusion of Meaning: Clichéd Scenarios
Most writers know to avoid clichés. Clichés, after all, are the antithesis of original writing. Everyone is familiar with phrases such as “a vice-like grip,” “a face as white as a ghost,” or “home is where the heart is.” These preassembled maxims are an easy way to move your story along—but you’re not saying anything new.
The Big Chill: Authors Avoid Controversial Topics in Wake of NSA Revelations, PEN Survey Says
"Writers reported self-censoring on subjects including military affairs, the Middle East North Africa region, mass incarceration, drug policies, pornography, the Occupy movement, the study of certain languages, and criticism of the U.S. government. The fear of surveillance—and doubt over the way in which the government intends to use the data it gathers—has prompted PEN writers to change their behavior in numerous ways that curtail their freedom of expression and restrict the free flow of information.”
Eight Reasons Indie Bookstores Should Work With Amazon Source
When Amazon announced its new Source program, giving independent booksellers the opportunity to sell Kindle devices and ebooks in return for a small bounty, the news was not greeted with any great enthusiasm by the booksellers.
NaNoWriMo: 5 Writing Lessons That I Knew Before, But Know Much Better No
A few weeks ago, I had never heard of National Novel Writing Month, although I’ve been somewhat lazily writing a book for a year in my free time (Lesson 1: don’t wait for free time). Then one day when I was busily browsing posts on Facebook, I got a notification; someone had shared a link on my timeline. How lovely! I clicked and saw a poster image of my local library’s NaNoWriMo events for the month. I had no idea what this meant, but was honored that my husband’s aunt had thought of me when she saw this; I know because that was her comment (Lesson 2 learned: once you tell people that you’re writing a book, they’ll hold you to it, for better or for worse.).
The Trickle Up Effects of Kobo-Gate
Why There Were No Indies Titles on The New York Times Fiction Best Seller List This Week
Those of you keeping a close eye out on the List Where Indies Count may have noticed a distinct lack of titles coming from The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
It could be that pulling the erotica-plus-any-other- indie-title that sounded remotely erotic had a trickle up effect, in that, if the books weren’t available online people couldn’t buy them, hence, their disappearance on the mainstream bestseller lists.According to author JC Reed, whose title Treasure Your Love was at the top of last week’s IR bestseller list (and #7 on the New York Times list last week), “The Kobo incident has affected most indie authors I know. Sales have dropped considerably across all channels.”