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Morning Coffee – 21 September 2018

Here are a few stories to read this Friday morning.

Nate Hoffelder: Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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  • "...your publisher's stupid decisions (not signing with a publisher is a good first step, I'd say)"

    The thing is, your boat is always tied to a larger ship. Self-publishing? That in practice mostly means selling through Amazon. Amazon can and does change how it operates without even a fleeting thought to how this will affect self-publishing authors. The danger is not Amazon being stupid. It rarely is that. But it routinely is indifferent. That is at least as dangerous as stupidity.

    • I disagree.

      Indie authors have to do business with larger companies, but they're usually not chained to a company like a trad pub author is chained to their publisher. There is much greater danger in trad pub.

      • There's very little danger of one of the Big 5 going bankrupt. Same with Amazon.

        That shouldn't be the deciding issue influencing a writer's decision to go trad or indie.

        • Where did I mention bankruptcy?

          My mention of "chains" refers to how trad pub authors give up far more control to their publishers than indie authors give to Amazon. That lack of control equates to an increased risk, IMO.

          • I inferred it from your use of the word danger, since the worst case scenario for a traditionally published author is for their publisher to declare bankruptcy.

  • "Fewer Americans are reading novels." Published by trad-pub - go indie!

    "Did you know US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo likes Oxford commas?" Because it gives the press something to talk about rather than the other things he's doing. ;-)

    "Kris Rusch explains how to make sure your career survives your publisher's stupid decisions (not signing with a publisher is a good first step, I'd say)." That in the () says it all.

    "How to sell more books." Or how to spend money on advertising ...

    "Students, take note: There's a font that will pad your paper for you so you don't have to." Of course this doesn't help if the assignment was '5000 words' and not '10 page'.

  • “Fewer Americans are reading novels.”

    Some quick back of the envelop calculations with their other figures suggests the % of Americans who read any books not required for work or school who also read novels has not declined at all.

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