Comments for The Passive Voice http://www.thepassivevoice.com A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:53:52 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Is the subscription model in trouble? Scribd dumps romance titles by Milo http://www.thepassivevoice.com/06/2015/is-the-subscription-model-in-trouble-scribd-dumps-romance-titles/#comment-310984 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:53:52 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=63422#comment-310984 The whole model would collapse and we could all get back to selling our work for honest returns if indies had the guts, even for one lousy season, people!, to pull out of KU/Select and go wide.

Take a deep breath and do it.

Watch the distributors realize that their scribbling suppliers can’t be ground down to working for pennies.

It takes at least a year to write a really good historical novel, plus research and possibly travel. More for non-fiction.

No way we’re slaving for .5 cents per ‘page read.’ Without KU and without Select, our readership is growing steadily across platforms. It takes time and it takes work, but you keep your leverage.

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Comment on Apple’s mistake was hooking up with the book-publishing cartel by Milo http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2015/apples-mistake-was-hooking-up-with-the-book-publishing-cartel/#comment-310983 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:48:12 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=63441#comment-310983 Was that one of those Italian restaurat dinners where a handgun was taped to the cistern of the men’s toilet in case one of the diners disagreed?

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Comment on The establishment seems very unworried about being toppled by indies, and 5 other learnings by Paul Draker http://www.thepassivevoice.com/06/2015/the-establishment-seems-very-unworried-about-being-toppled-by-indies-and-5-other-learnings/#comment-310982 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:38:48 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=63389#comment-310982 Dean, I’m a newbie who came up in the post-traditional-publishing world, and like you I’m constantly astounded by the number of writers — trad-pub and indies alike — who fall prey to these self-limiting myths. And go around blindly repeating them.

I’m sure there are many things I could learn from you to get my bookstore profit margins up, things which you live day in and day out at WMG. I’m sure that half of the reason that it was so unprofitable for me was that I was doing it wrong.

And while I’m focused mostly on ebooks and audio right now, the fact that a total no-connections, no-experience newbie nobody like me had exactly zero trouble getting my books into bookstores — even the biggest bookstore chain extant today — tells me you’re spot-on.

When it comes to finding readers and selling books, there are very few things a traditional publisher can do nowadays that an indie can’t. But there are lots of things that indies can do that traditional publishers can’t.

The playing field is pretty level these days.

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Comment on Apple’s mistake was hooking up with the book-publishing cartel by Chong Go http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2015/apples-mistake-was-hooking-up-with-the-book-publishing-cartel/#comment-310981 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:18:20 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=63441#comment-310981 It was just a friendly dinner, in the back room of an Italian restaurant, where the heads of the different outfits got together to decide the market prices for the next couple of years. How could that get them in trouble? /s

If it had been garbage pickup prices instead, someone could have spun this into a hit tv series.

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Comment on Is the subscription model in trouble? Scribd dumps romance titles by Liz http://www.thepassivevoice.com/06/2015/is-the-subscription-model-in-trouble-scribd-dumps-romance-titles/#comment-310980 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:25:49 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=63422#comment-310980 The comparison fits. They don’t really intend to give you all you can eat. That wouldn’t be profitable. But they do like you to THINK you will have all you can eat. :)

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Comment on Is the subscription model in trouble? Scribd dumps romance titles by Liz http://www.thepassivevoice.com/06/2015/is-the-subscription-model-in-trouble-scribd-dumps-romance-titles/#comment-310979 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:23:16 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=63422#comment-310979 Seems like what people have been saying about subscription models being unsustainable might just be true.

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Comment on Apple’s mistake was hooking up with the book-publishing cartel by Andrew http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2015/apples-mistake-was-hooking-up-with-the-book-publishing-cartel/#comment-310973 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:35:29 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=63441#comment-310973 There used to be a saying back in the day “Apple, 10% of th market, 90% of the crazy.”

Reading some of the comments on the Fortune article, the crazy is indeed still strong.

Dav

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Comment on How To Get Started (And Get Ahead) In Science Fiction Self-Publishing by Christopher B. Wright http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2015/how-to-get-started-and-get-ahead-in-science-fiction-self-publishing/#comment-310972 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:31:32 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=63431#comment-310972 Write the story you want to write, tell the story you want to tell, accept that it may not be the story people want to read, but write it anyway. Then write another one.

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Comment on Is the subscription model in trouble? Scribd dumps romance titles by Steve http://www.thepassivevoice.com/06/2015/is-the-subscription-model-in-trouble-scribd-dumps-romance-titles/#comment-310971 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:58:46 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=63422#comment-310971 Everybody has the power of no.

If prices drop to levels where suppliers go out of business, no more supply.

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Comment on Is the subscription model in trouble? Scribd dumps romance titles by Dan Meadows http://www.thepassivevoice.com/06/2015/is-the-subscription-model-in-trouble-scribd-dumps-romance-titles/#comment-310970 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:56:41 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=63422#comment-310970 Whoa, fair share? I think the readers fair share is what Scribd sold them the subscription at with the promise of all you can read. It’s not the readers’ fault Scribd made promises they clearly can’t keep.

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