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Interesting thoughts on where publishing is going in a convenient list of bullet points. My thanks to Nancy Cohen for sharing on The Kill Zone.

  • Everyone will be reading on their mobile phones in the future. What will this mean for the art of writing? Smaller paragraphs, shorter books, scenic descriptions perhaps replaced by video.
  • Ebooks will be the next mass market.
  • Think global. People in other countries want to read our work and they want these stories to take place in the U.S. so they can read about our lives here. The demand will continue to grow exponentially. This is a huge potential market.
  • Many pirate sites originate overseas where English language content is unavailable. How to combat piracy? Cost and Convenience. Make our work cheaper and easier to obtain.
  • Be prolific to build your brand.
  • Don’t think of writing as draining your mental energy so you need to refill the creative well. Think of writing as recharging your batteries so that the more you write, the more you’ll want to write. It’s harder to restart the engine so keep it running.
  • Publishers need to step up to the plate and provide authors with editorial, distribution, promotion, and product if they’re to be viable in the future. The most important role of publishers continues to be as a gatekeeper for a quality read.
  • Social networking is crucial for authors to establish a platform.
  • Reviews still drive book sales, and bloggers are the new reviewers.
  • Indie bookstores still have tremendous influence. They may still be around after the chains go out of business. Establish a connection with your indie booksellers.
  • Writers with a backlist have many different avenues to explore to make their books available to readers again. This is an exciting time because we can bring our stories directly to readers ourselves.

Source: The Kill Zone: Brainstorming on the Beach

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Depth in Fiction

Source: Talking Fiction > ChipMacGregor.com

Frank asked, “Put simply, where does depth in fiction come from?”

Depth is found when multidimensional characters who I can relate to face the timeless questions of life in the midst of complex circumstances, then make decisions that are open to interpretation. Their choices may not be right, but as a reader, I get to go through the experience with the characters. THAT’S what causes me to learn, what helps me to understand myself, what leaves me thinking about your book. And this can’t be faked – so you can’t write with an agenda. Nothing is more boring than to read a polemic masquerading as a novel.

I love the first sentence of this response to a reader question. “Depth is found when multidimensional characters who I can relate to face the timeless questions of life in the midst of complex circumstances, then make decisions that are open to interpretation.” Fabulous.

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It’s Called A Book

Source: February 13, 2010 – February 19, 2010 – Cartoons of the Week – TIME.com.

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I just got an email in my inbox today. The Kindle 2, an updated version of Amazon’s wireless reading device, has just been released. Here’s a copy of the email I received: 

We re excited to introduce Amazon Kindle 2 [ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00154JDAI ], the next generation wireless reading device.  With a sleek and thin design that makes Kindle 2 as thin as a typical magazine and lighter than a paperpack, the new Kindle has seven times more storage and now holds over 1,500 books. It has a longer battery life and faster page turns. An advanced display provides even crisper images and clearer text for an improved book-like reading experience. And Kindle 2 even reads to you, with Read to Me, our new Text to Speech feature.

With Kindle 2 we kept everything readers love about the original Kindle: the convenience of reading what you want, when you want it, the immediacy of getting a book wirelessly delivered in less than 60 seconds, and Kindle’s ability to disappear in your hands so you can get lost in the author’s words. We’re also excited to announce that the Kindle Store has over 230,000 ebooks available.


Let your readers know that Kindle 2 is available for pre-order starting today for $359 at http://amazon.com/kindle [ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00154JDAI] and will ship later this month. We also have a wide variety of Kindle accessories available, including new covers from Cole Haan, Patagonia, and Belkin and more.

  • New Features & Enhancements  Slim & Lightweight : Just over 1/3 inch and 10.2 ounces
  • Books in under 60 seconds : Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
  • Improved Display : Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for crisp images and text; even reads well in bright sunlight
  • Longer Battery Life : 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging
  • More Storage : Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books
  • Faster Page Turns :  20% faster page turns
  • Read-to-Me : Text-to-Speech feature means Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud.
  • No Wireless Bills : No monthly wireless bills, data plans, or commitments. Amazon pays for Kindle s wireless connectivity so you won t see a monthly wireless bill.
  • Large Selection : Over 230,000 books, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines and blogs available
  • Low Book Prices : New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise

Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s worth knowing that the Kindle 2 is out. I’m considering getting one, but only later when I have more money on hand. Just looking at the specs above it definitely looks like it was worth waiting to adopt. The new version sounds hands down better than version 1.

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