This means I get to rejoin the adventure of looking into what’s new with publishing (while not working at the place that pays me or on Island Writer or Theory Train). Anne McCaffrey’s death on November 22 was sad: I loved her book The Ship Who Sang. The Kindle Fire is deliciously pretty, and I am in lust for either it or the Next 7, since both perform as lightweight tablets as well as e-readers.
Amazon is looking like a better and better route for independent authors, as you are competing with the entirety of the market there. Smashwords has become what looks like much more of a niche where only the self-published live. Which is great for readers looking for indie writers, but there aren’t enough of those yet. Feedbooks, where I published my novella and downloaded Wuthering Heights, is now showing me mostly porn (word deliberately chosen over erotica) under the ‘New and Popular’ tab. That’s disappointing, as they encouraged Creative Commons licensing, where Smashwords won’t accept it at all, or wouldn’t last I checked.
Regular updates will, I hope, resume this Wednesday with a write-up of the launch of the latest issue of Island Writer.