Notes from An Alien

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Publishing News Is Having A Crisis


Authors who want to be published have, possibly, more options than they need right now.

Traditional, Indie, POD, Small Imprint, Publishing Aid companies, and full Self-Publishing, to name the major options.

Plus, all those categories are mating and producing offspring

It’s no wonder news about publishing has become as confusing as the act of publishing itself.

I believe, one day, things will calm down to just a few of the best new ways to publish along with a transformed “traditional” option

I’ve had a couple polls on this blog to gauge what readers want—the most recently available survey HERE—and, considering the three main areas of concern on this blog (Reading, Writing, and Publishing), publishing is the least interesting to visitors who’ve voted.

Of course, not all visitors give their opinions and that latest survey is definitely still open for voting

Still, whether I “cover” the news about publishing or not, I still scan the headlines—I am a published author who will be publishing again.

Some of the most interesting coverage of happenings in publishing are over at Kristine Kathryn Rusch‘s blog, Business Rusch.

I’ve referenced her before in the posts Are Traditional Publishers Really All That Bad? and Further Considerations On Traditional Publishers.

So, as the United States Department of Justice leveled a law suit against Apple and a few of the Big Trads, Rusch’s take on the proceedings became of interest. Let me quote a bit from her Writers and The DOJ Lawsuit:

“A reporter is only as good as her sources. And on a story like this, reporters usually have no sources at all because publishing is a poorly covered industry. Most reporters hope to break into ‘real’ writing one day (‘real’ writing being getting a book published), so they’re both in awe of the publishing industry and afraid of rocking a boat while covering it.

“In other words, what you read in the mainstream press comes from sources of dubious provenance, press conferences (the DOJ), statements from the parties involved (usually drafted by lawyers to avoid any legal issues), and whatever is in the media already (usually misinformation or partial information). Add to that the need to cover a complicated case in either a story that lasts 30 seconds to two minutes (TV/radio) or in about 1,000 words (print/blogs), and you have the makings of severe misunderstandings.

“What does the DOJ case mean for writers, traditional or indie?

“Um…no one knows.”

Of course, this woman is a writer so she does go on, at length, to give her experienced opinion

I’ve only published four books and only have two more I’m working on for publishing.

I have few solid opinions about what’s going on but I do share what others I respect say.

And, so far, Joe Konrath makes the most sense to me.
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12 responses to “Publishing News Is Having A Crisis

  1. Simone Benedict May 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    You’re an excellent and reliable source on publishing information, Alexander.

    Did you say you’ve published FOUR books? How’s come I’ve only read two of your books? I wanna read the other two! :-)

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  2. martinaseveckepohlen May 4, 2012 at 2:50 am

    When I followed your lulu link the site knew my language was German. Comfortable yet frightening. I’m looking forward to reading your book. By the way, the hardcover version was 127,18 euros. Can that be true?

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    • Alexander M Zoltai May 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

      That particular book, in hardcover, is 789 pages, 8X10, and has color images—hence the exorbitant price. And, there is no excess royalty–that is the cost to print

      Good thing it’s a free download, eh :-)

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      • martinaseveckepohlen May 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        Absolutely ;-) Let’s hope for a rainy weekend. Shouldn’t be a problem here …

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        • Alexander M Zoltai May 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

          You’re actually going to read that Whole book??

          Whew!! :-)

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          • martinaseveckepohlen May 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

            I would like to since I’ve just finished reading my other book. My daughter is away for the weekend so I will have time.

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            • Alexander M Zoltai May 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

              O.K., then :-)

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  3. Barbara Blackcinder May 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Alex, I tried to follow the blog of Kristine Kathryn Rusch, but after her initial blog page none of her links would work, including trying to comment her or e-mail her, so I couldn’t tell her. Perhaps I have to be signed on or something? So maybe she should be told if the problem isn’t on my end. Thanks.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai May 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Well, of all things, I just checked her site and it looks like someone put malware on it!!

      Here’s the blurb I got:

      Safe Browsing
      Diagnostic page for kriswrites.com

      What is the current listing status for kriswrites.com?

      Site is listed as suspicious – visiting this web site may harm your computer.

      Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 6 time(s) over the past 90 days.

      What happened when Google visited this site?

      Of the 1 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2012-05-03, and suspicious content was never found on this site within the past 90 days.

      This site was hosted on 2 network(s) including AS11798 (ACEDATACENTERS), AS46606 (BLUEHOST).

      Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?

      Over the past 90 days, kriswrites.com did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

      Has this site hosted malware?

      No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.

      How did this happen?

      In some cases, third parties can add malicious code to legitimate sites, which would cause us to show the warning message.

      Next steps:

      Return to the previous page.
      If you are the owner of this web site, you can request a review of your site using Google Webmaster Tools. More information about the review process is available in Google’s Webmaster Help Center.

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  4. Barbara Blackcinder May 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Wow, I’m glad I mentioned it.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai May 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

      I would mention it to her but I can’t get in there to say anything—imagine she’ll find the bad stuff and get rid of it

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