A Dictionary Made of Confetti
-When the process can be as simple as Writer to Internet to Reader, how does an agent add value? A great agent does add value, of course... An agent knows human beings who influence large groups of other human beings, knows what will be trending in six months, knows what Hollywood is looking for, can negotiate foreign rights, throws the right kind of party, etc, etc.
-Let's imagine... an agent working for a Big Five company. He/she knows how to play the game in NY, LA, London and Frankfurt. What would happen if he/she suddenly was given a big pile of money from Silicon Valley? It would be interesting and profitable to combine big data with real world experience, common sense and POD printers(or a tie in with Lightning Source). Ideally, the POD/LS side of things would revitalize the brick and mortars. A physical book will always be something of value. Going beyond sentimentality, a printed book advertises the ebook and is the focus of real world promotion like tours and giveaways... Musicians/audiobook mashups. Now throw Hollywood into the mix. Then add a reality TV show based on a writer's life or get some kind of American Idol Author thing happening. Yes, when the money gets this big, things get dumbed down. But twerking authors would certainly be a talking point! And, within this tall project's long shadow will be fertile swamps of enthusiasm, filled with authors and indies of all kinds...if they can do it, we can do it.
-When my eighth book is ready, I will create an outline that I will submit to an agent like Ted Weinstein:
-FWIW, I was once somewhat represented by an agent.
-Amazon is a monopoly that provides a service but not a product.
-Just after Amazon set up shop, there was a quote, related to Amazon's stocks or something. "Amazon..it's like they're selling a dollar for ninety cents."
I am an artist and a writer. Last year, I was fortunate to be involved with this. Alps Bethneck contributed to href="http://www.mottodistribution.com/wholesale/corridors-no-1-solitude.html" target="_blank">this. Alps is me.
Life magazine once described Hemingway as a narrative artist. A beautiful phrase; I'd use it if it fit. I have yet to find the phrase to describe what I do. I suppose it would either be a bloodless International Art English word assemblage or something that manages to reflect my Midwestern roots, my 80s NYC attitude, the Japanese nantokanantoka part of my persona, that chip on my shoulder which is annoyingly Parisian and the part of me that deeply understands the HK/China Handover. Singapore concrete green HDB one also can.
Art 2014: data + soul=Daulism
Before ebooks, 'writer' meant a someone who was unpublished; an author was someone whose name appeared on a published book. Perhaps a new word is needed...
An author, as proposed by Robert McKee, is one with authority. That is, someone mentally creates a world and then uses written language to share that world. An author's creation is believable; authentic. A writer conveys information. An author invites readers into an original and believable universe, even if the universe looks like Vietnam in 1968 or the French Revolution. Or features cats in hats. An author can create a universe inspired by two people in love... A writer uses words to serve one of many purposes: tell a story, convey information, sell products, record experiences etc. The boundaries are not always clear: here is my favorite example. I write, but I hope to become an author. Either way, I am happy when people read.
BOOKSACTUALLY My bookloving and quixotic friend can beat up your bookloving and quixotic friend.
BOOK MINDREADING see LIBROMEGAMETADATA ; also mind cloudreading
COMMERCIALS FOR BOOKS Need to make some.... majestically cheesy and informative, like this.
CONVERSION Ebook Architects did IATB. I Ate Tiong Bahru has quite a few footnotes and some unusual Chinese characters. All reports say that IATB is beautifully smooth... COVERS A poor cover means friction. A cover is a promise. If the cover looks like a million others, the words inside will be like a million others. I am proud to say I designed one of my covers and it is the worst cover on the internet. Furikake!
This past year was perhaps the most dynamic in the history of the U.S. trade publishing industry. In 2013, all ebooks by publishers became subject to retailer price controls and ebook prices plummeted. At the same time, ebook revenue growth has tapered off even as many of the largest publishers still reported digital gains. A handful of ebook subscription businesses were launched and libraries won some key victories in their fight to bring ebooks from all publishers to their patrons. It’s been another exciting year for the publishing industry – perhaps the most dynamic in the history of the business.
In 2013, all ebooks by publishers became subject to retailer price controls and ebook prices plummeted. At the same time, ebook revenue growth has tapered off even as many of the largest publishers still reported digital gains. A handful of ebook subscription businesses were launched and libraries won some key victories in their fight to bring ebooks from all publishers to their patrons.
a. digital portability of text(mobile and tablets)
b. semi-liberation of text from locked-in formats/DRM
c. social media's influence of book discovery and marketing
d. text enhancement: photos, videos, links, shared reading , etc.
e. ebook quality inconsistent: proofreading and editing "optional"
f. no economic, human or technical barriers to production and distribution
g. presence of physical books
h. the rise of the independently published book
1971 - 2013
a. evolution of digital books (CD-ROMs, ebooks)
b. the internet (Amazon,Facebook, blogs)
c. decreasing power of publishers,especially 2007(Borders bankruptcy)
d. July 4, 1971- Project Gutenberg's Michael Hart put the US Declaration of Independence online: the first ebook
Mass printing, global distribution and the tightly controlled reign of ink and paper
- How many books on Kindle sell about 5 a day? 50? What kind of books are they?
- Because their copyrights have not been renewed, many classic books are free ebooks.
-People pay at least ten bucks for the 100 minute experience of watching a film...?
- Should readers and authors hope that books priced at 1.99 and less are terrible? Meaning that something that costs 2.99 or more is at least proofread. There are countless articles and blog posts on this and I have no opinion. Marketing, publicity and perceived value are huge factors in this. Though I've experimented a bit, I'm waiting until I have eight books finished before I do serious marketing.
-How many books need to be sold, and at what price, to bring in $200 a month? $2000? $200,000 a year?
-Readers read to experience motion. Writers write to sell. Authors wrestle with words, buy a lottery ticket and hope...
Ebooks: Born to Click, Part 3 of 3