One of my earliest memories was checking out my red glitter nail polish as my girlfriends and I tottered--in hot pants and 4" high-heel wedges--down the hill towards the Tower Theater to hear David Bowie perform as Ziggy Stardust.
But where should IR's authors go, the ones looking for more detailed info about writing, marketing and selling their books?
Self published books should be separated from those of traditionally pubbed; not because they're less than, but to make it easier for book-lovers to find what's quirky and different and ahead of the trad pubbed curve.
From Amy and all the IndieReader Staff
Orna Ross from ALLi Joins the Debate
I like to think of myself as a hard-ass (despite the fact that I cry every time I watch "Elf"...that scene where they're all singing in the Park just kills me).
While the mainstream media’s current mode of thinking is that self-pubbed authors are nothing more than trad pubbed wanna-be’s, unable to create something original, the evidence—at least in the case of the throbbingly hot New Adult fiction category—seems to point to a much different scenario.
...er, whose book--The Revolution Was Televised--was reviewed by The New York Times
Yes, they have repeatedly cracked The New York Times best seller list and are being picked up by traditional publishers for lots of money at a blindingly fast pace. But most mainstream media still won’t review their work. In other words, they are still not viewed as equal to trad pubbed authors (this, despite that fact that Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has just released a memoir by the 25 year singer, Ke$ha).
After featuring them on their best seller lists—mostly via the inclusion of ebooks a little over two years ago—The New York Times has finally reviewed a self-published book.
A lifetime of Jersey Shore memories.
Scores of men (including my father) claimed they only read Playboy for the interviews. Not that I ever believed him.
Paying for book reviews is not just the pervue of indie authors. Traditional publishers not inclined to paying outright for services find other, more socially acceptable ways of racking up positive reviews. There are fancy lunches and plenty of swag.
Fifty Shades is not “just the latest reminder of what makes the publishing industry important.” It’s a reminder that those who can’t figure it out for themselves are more than happy to take credit for those who can.
The fact that Eggers happens to have "established" McSweeney's Books—responsible for publishing the title that the Times reviewer calls, "a kind of Death of a Globalized Salesman', alight with all of Arthur Miller's compassion and humanism"—is casually mentioned on the inside page, as if writing and self-publishing a great book was a regular occurrence. Which, we’re here to tell you, it is.
While Seth's means for gaining funding and determining advance interest was unusual, in the end the siren call of traditional publishing, proved too strong to resist.
The notion of 'self published' changes when the author has the relationship with readers. In this case, I think I'm getting the control and leverage to do what I want without taking the risk of printing up a bazillion books and putting them into stores.
"...despite the enormous progress indies have made, we’re still being cock-blocked by traditional media."
We can say with absolute conviction: It’s not that there aren’t great indie books out there. It’s that the traditional media is all blind, deaf and mute to their existence.
Yes, I'm well aware the Seinfeld aspect did help get it attention. That show might be the biggest sitcom of all time.
Fiction is art so sales forecasts are speculative, whereas nonfiction is easier for sales and marketing people to wrap their arms around. So I do understand why it’s tough to take a chance on a new novelist, especially one without the massive platform that editors like (hence novels by Snooki and Paris Hilton).
"I need a wife, Carter, and I needed her yesterday."
"All I have to do is get them to pay attention and hit a link," Cuban says, estimating that his blog posts attract anywhere from 50,000 to one million readers.
I started writing ABDUCTED out of frustration with not selling to New York. I decided to kill off a few characters and hopefully some frustrations at the same time.