Comments for The Passive Voice A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Pub and Traditional Publishing Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:25:14 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Is a “Personal Relationship” with Authors What Readers Want? by Felix J.Torres Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:25:14 +0000 I’m a reader.

What I want is a good story.
I don’t care if the author is lefthanded or a righty, loves cats or dogs, roots for the Cubs or the Indians. I don’t care if their day job is teaching english or designing rockets.

Just give me a good story and let me move on. I might be back if the next book sounds interesting. Or not.

Definitely not in the market for a personal relationship with authors; I figure they’re too busy to mess with the likes of me. Besides, I’m not a fan of mixing commercial and personal.


Comment on The Rise of the Peer Review Bots by Anonymouse Librarian Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:22:29 +0000 Maybe some disciplines have many that are open access, but in science and healthcare fields (where the highest priced journals are) it is only *some* that have moved to fully open access.

Most journals have a mixture, where some articles are free to view, some are free after a period of time, and some require a subscription. Then they charge the authors to publish, and require extra money to make it open access. Then they increase the subscription costs even more, especially for libraries, to “offset” the “hosting costs” of the open access articles. Plus, many of them still restrict printing/copying on the “open access” articles so they can charge people for a pdf copy.

PG, absolutely this is not just very close, it is the business model of sleazy vanity presses, and they are really proud of it.

There are some fully open access journals that are really good, and I have seen some move to also having open peer review, so that people can see the article, and see who reviewed it and what they said. That way each article is its own academic dialogue.

Comment on Is a “Personal Relationship” with Authors What Readers Want? by Elise Stone Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:52:50 +0000

Speaking as a reader

And here’s where she makes a bad assumption. She’s not an ordinary reader. She’s a writer.

Now, I don’t have thousands of readers clogging my inbox, but I have become friends with several of my readers. Asking questions definitely results in more reader engagement, and as far as privacy, no one’s forcing them to answer the question posed in the email.

I’d say she read Newsletter Ninja and didn’t like it, despite the fact that the techniques definitely work.

Comment on The Rise of the Peer Review Bots by PG Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:39:56 +0000 Z – Thanks for your comment. I had heard about this “innovation,” but was not aware of how widely it had spread.

I hadn’t thought about it, but are the domain experts who vet the submitted articles for the open access journals still not paid a meaningful amount by the journal for the time they spend on this task?

As you undoubtedly know, this model is very close to the business model of sleazy vanity presses in the pay-to-publish fiction and general non-fiction world.

Comment on The Rise of the Peer Review Bots by Zsuzsa Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:53:16 +0000 PG notes that a great many academic publishers are money machines that endlessly repeat how valuable they are for scientists, researchers, etc., around the world as they regularly increase their subscription charges.

Many of the scientific journals no longer have subscription fees. They have gone to an open access model where they don’t charge people to read them but do charge a large fee (several thousand dollars large) to authors of published articles. If anything, this system is even more vulnerable to abuse: subscribers need to feel that what you’re putting out is of value, while for the authors, the value is being able to put the article down on their CV with people actually reading it being a secondary consideration at best.

Comment on Tumblr and the End of the Eyeballs-Are-Everything Era by Tom Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:26:28 +0000 Yeah, at which point they ran into a problem, which was that approximately 90% of Tumblr’s traffic was either porn, “social justice,” or social justice porn.

The site was not long for value at that point.

Comment on 7 Great Mysteries About Rare Books and Bibliophiles by Lee Hopkins Mon, 19 Aug 2019 05:35:38 +0000 And let us not forget the tangental gentleman burglar, Bernie Rhodenbarr, who owns an antiquarian-of-sorts bookshop in NY. Lawrence Block is the esteemed author.

Comment on Tumblr and the End of the Eyeballs-Are-Everything Era by Patrick W. Sun, 18 Aug 2019 21:34:11 +0000 The article seems to ignore that they didn’t start moving on the “adult” content until Apple removed Tumblr’s mobile app, with Google threatening to do the same thing with the Android mobile app. Once the “adult” content was removed the apps were restored.

Comment on Little, Brown To Release J.D. Salinger E-books by Felix J.Torres Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:52:03 +0000 Yes, the analog hole is always a resort but the “price” is high. Availability is pretty much the last driver.

The real danger of high ebook prices driving folks to piracy isn’t scan-and-ocr but driving them to piracy in the first place. Because once people realize how easy it is, the shoulder battle between the homunculi is going to tilt strongly to the red one. 😀

Try this really silly bit of self-promotion from 2011:

“Look at me! I’m big enough to be pirated!”

Right. And while you’re at it, tell millions how to get the torrent by publishing it’s *exact file name* at a time Google still searched for and returned torrents, legal or otherwise.

Between guys like this and the outfits selling piracy-panic to make money it’s hard to take all the handwringing seriously.

Yes it happens, but US$ billions in damages?

Comment on Little, Brown To Release J.D. Salinger E-books by Felix J.Torres Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:30:30 +0000 Right.
And what’s the value of 20 hours of proofreading? The US minimum wage is $7.25 per hour so we’re talking north of US$145.00 worth of labor.Plus the price of the pbook.
(Your inlaw should’ve at least baked you a cake.)

Today that’s over a year’s worth of Kindle Unlimited. It was a different time but I still think it takes a big incentive to get somebody to take that road just to save a couple of bucks.

Unless there really is no alternative.
And even at BPH price ebooks add up to well over a sixth of their market. And north of 25% for other tradpubs.

There is simply no reason not to do ebooks.