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J.A. Konrath Advises Writers: ‘Get Over Yourself’

In his annual Konrath’s Resolutions For Writers column, novelist J.A. Konrath offered some subdued advice for writers: “I really think it is possible to make a very nice living by writing and not worrying about anything else.”

In a world where writers struggle to manage Facebook profiles, Twitter pages, Tumblrs, Google+ accounts, Pinterest pages and blogs, Konrath urged aspiring writers to “get over yourself.” Do you agree?

Here’s more from the post:  ”I have turned off Google Alerts, and don’t Google my name or my pen names. I don’t go on message boards. I don’t read my book reviews. I don’t care what people are saying about me, good or bad, in blogs or on Twitter or in the media. There will always be people who don’t like you, and don’t like your books. Ignore them. Trust me, it is liberating to be free of the opinions of strangers. We all need to focus on our writing. Because the millions of readers out there don’t care about your blog.”

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Pearson To Buy Author Solutions for $116M

Pearson, the corporate parent of Penguin Group publishers, announced plans to acquire self-publishing company Author Solutions, Inc (ASI) from Bertram Capital for $116 million in cash. According to the company, ASI earned $100 million in revenues last year, expanding by 12 percent the last three years.

Penguin has been getting into the self-publishing market for the past couple of years. The acquisition further solidifies Penguin’s push into the self-publishing market. According to a Pearson press release, “Penguin will gain access to ASI’s expertise in online marketing, consumer analytics, professional services and user-generated content. ASI will benefit from Penguin’s design, editorial and sales skills, and its strong international presence as it looks to expand outside the US.”   Read more

Barry Eisler on Amazon: ‘It’s pretty hard to see how someone could destroy bookselling by selling tons of books’

The Department of Justice’s investigation into alleged eBook price collusion among Apple and select publishers is making various different people in the publishing business speak out.

Authors Guild president Scott Turow blasted the lawsuit in an open letter to members: “Amazon was using e-book discounting to destroy bookselling, making it uneconomic for physical bookstores to keep their doors open.”

Author Barry Eisler responded to Turow in a blog post on J.A. Konrath‘s site. He wrote: “The problem is, this is a terribly tendentious way to state the argument, and it’s also a contradiction in terms. Maybe Scott would also argue that Apple is destroying computer-selling by selling so many computers, but logically, it’s pretty hard to see how someone could destroy bookselling by selling tons of books. In arguing that bookselling is destroying bookselling, Scott is making his biases as clear as his argument is turbid.”

J.A. Konrath Earned $100,000 In 3 Weeks with Self-Published Titles

Author J.A. Konrath bragged on his blog that he had earned $100,000 in the last three weeks from his self-published titles on Amazon. (This doesn’t include any of his legacy sales or legacy titles).

Here is more from his post: “Currently, my novel The List is #71 on the Top 100. It’s been in the Top 100 for 66 days. It’s the same one all those publishers rejected. I am soooo glad I had so many books rejected.”

eBookNewser has more: “Despite the fact that the holiday retail season is over, Konrath is still doing well this month. In fact, the author says he has is averaging ‘well over $3,500 a day’ for January.”

Ask Susan Orlean, Timothy Ferriss, C. J. Lyons or J. A. Konrath a Question While Reading

Amazon has launched a new feature allowing readers to send questions directly to the author while reading a Kindle eBook. The pilot program only works with a dozen authors currently, including Susan Orlean, Timothy Ferriss, C. J. Lyons and J. A. Konrath.

If you want to send one of these authors an in-book question, you’ll need to connect your Twitter account to Amazon and keep your question below 100 characters. Highlight the passage you are reading and type your question using “@author” at the beginning of the phrase. If you have a longer question, visit the particular author’s page and click “Ask a question.”

Lyons has already answered a question about choosing the best eBook cover image: “E-book covers are often viewed at thumbnail size so I recommend keeping them as simple as possible. No more than three elements, if possible. Test them at the smallest size to make sure your name is easily readable and that the cover “pops.” A great example of the difference between print and e-book covers is my book SNAKE SKIN–check out the differences. The trade paperback (a fairly large size) looks gorgeous but is too busy for the e-book, hence two different covers. If you want more info on indy e-pubbing, I have a series of blog posts and resources here.”

7 eBook Price Points Defended

How much should an eBook cost? To give publishers and authors some guidance, we’ve collected spirited defenses of seven different eBook prices–choose the price that works best for your writing.

According to a new and unscientific poll, Nathan Bransford found that 51 percent of his readers thought eBooks should be priced between $5 and $9.99. What is your favorite price point?

$0.99 Novelist John Locke sold more than one million eBooks with this price point: “When I saw that highly successful authors were charging $9.99 for an e-book, I thought that if I can make a profit at 99 cents, I no longer have to prove I’m as good as them … Rather, they have to prove they are ten times better than me.”

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Amazon Unveils Thomas & Mercer Mystery & Thriller Imprint

Amazon opened its fifth publishing imprint today, mystery and thriller publisher Thomas & Mercer. The imprint was named after “streets that flank the Amazon headquarters in Seattle.”

The imprint will launch this fall with four titles, including a book co-written by self-publishing champion J.A. Konrath. Resuscitation by D.M. Annechino, Stirred by Konrath and Blake Crouch, The Immortalists by Kyle Mills and Already Gone by John Rector. The titles will be published as print, Kindle eBooks, and audiobooks.

Below, we’ve linked to Amazon’s other four publishing imprints. Amazon Publishing publisher Victoria Griffith had this statement: “Our customers enjoy reading mysteries and thrillers, and we’re excited to launch this imprint devoted to that genre … We think our five launch authors are great representatives for the genre and we’re looking forward to growing our list with both new and established writers.”

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Publishing Unbound, Google-Style

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A crowd more than 300-strong gathered at the New York Public Library‘s Celeste Bartos Room for Google‘s all-day Unbound conference to be told, in no uncertain terms by an array of speakers, that if you’re not moving with the digital times, you’re just not a 21st century publisher. I paraphrase, of course, but that was certainly the vibe in the air what with Seth Godin comparing publishers to outlying planets, Cory Doctorow (on the fiction side) and Daniel Weiss (on the educational side) explaining why giving content away is a good thing, and Tim O’Reilly advocating for Google Book Search as a way of capturing the almost 75% of books that aren’t accounted for by not being in print or in the public domain.

Aside from Godin and Doctorow, Chris Anderson was on hand to give an abbreviated spiel of his bestselling THE LONG TAIL, Stephen Dubner (of Freakonomics fame) talked about how the related website – now a blog with additional content features – brings in over 2 million page views a month, and J.A. Konrath stressed the importance of having “things to offer” instead of “things to sell” on an author website. But the big hit of the afternoon – at least, judging by applause – was Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who used Powerpoint in hilarious fashion to describe how MySpace hooked him up with fellow members of the Memoirist Collective. And for those who need help interpreting the slide, Kilmer-Purcell illustrated how his book, I AM NOT MYSELF THESE DAYS, was published by HarperPerennial, which is part of HarperCollins, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who owns “half the world” – and when the Judith Regan graphic cued up, the room erupted in laughter…

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