Friday Link Love

More links, more love (maybe not so much for several articles below – can you tell which?)

The industry – how depressing?

  • 9 Signs Self-Publishing Is Out of Control: Opinion, or Fact? – Lee Lofland published this piece from Accredited Online Colleges. It’s depressing reading for anyone like me, but hey – I got over it. Note that some of the individual stats in these points appear to be contradicting each other, in my opinion – particularly re the American books being/about to be published. Read the comments too, for some perspective.
  • Simon SaysJoe Konrath published a letter from a publishing insider over the price-fixing and Doj findings. The post is long, and full of figures, and opinions. As with long posts with lots of information, a lot of the comments drill into one of the issues – are books fungible? E.J. Wesley talks about ebook price fixing too. David Gaughran has also penned a post on the subject, an open letter, with links to other thoughts from Bob Mayer and Dean Wesley Smith.


Writing Life

With all that good news above, I thought it relevant to show what the authors in this industry are going through to produce their books and why –

Writing Craft

Special Edition: RAK Blitz

To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ . The RAK Blitz was joined in by several writers I admire and they passed on their own RAKs to several others also on my own reading list. Becca and Angela have a special RAOK gift waiting for you as well , so hop on over to The Bookshelf Muse to pick it up.

As my own way of semi-participating in the spirit of the Acts, I’m listing some of the people entered this event, who I consider supporters or incredible inspirations for my own blogging and writing (the last, even if they don’t actually know I exist – yet!). Go and read their blogs, and say hi. Yes, I stalk them all – feed readers and follow buttons are so handy nowadays. Below this list are three more special people.

A full list of participants can be found at The Bookshelf Muse.

  • JC Martin – full of support, can’t wait for her new book to come out
  • Vikki and The View Outside – full of support, really helps
  • Elizabeth S Craig – inspirational posts
  • Lynda R Young is a fellow Sydney-sider, and turns up on so many similar blogging and writing challenges that I do (and probably doesn’t realise I follow her, lol)
  • Janice Hardy – another on many people’s reading lists, so needs no introduction

Some additional mentions – the below are not participating in the blitz at time of writing, but deserve my mention –

  • Cas – we are meant to be writing buddies, but everything went way too quiet lately, as both of us got busy doing what we do – writing and editing. But she’s come up for air, and I’m reminded I love her dedication and enthusiasm for writing. Also from around here-abouts. And mentioned in my WOTS post too.
  • Clarissa Draper – I’d been reading her blog posts for ages – she does fantastic forensic posts for writers, really picked up on our shared quirky interests when she completed the A-Z Challenge with a series on death. Now I’m beta / critique for her latest project – one of my first official beta gigs where I’m going public on it.
  • FierceBuddhist – from a morbid theme in Clarissa’s interesting current work, to the beautiful. I don’t know why he hangs around, but I’m so glad I found him, er he found me? Read his latest haiku for Mother’s day last weekend.


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