The Academic Year at UD is finally getting close to an end.
It is spring I think. The trees are in bloom and the allergies are making people change their contacts more frequently. I had the pleasure to attend the Mad Anthony Writers Workshop recently. I was able to attend three presentation by distinguished speakers in the literary world. I heard presentations by Jane Friedman, Sharon Draper and Sandra Gurvis. I also had the pleasure to meet new people who are actively pursuing their writing passion. My visit to this writing event which has been held for 8 years was very beneficial. I even had the opportunity to say hello to our groups inspiration...Nancy Pinard. My weekend schedule did not allow me to take in her lecture on Sunday entitled "Your manuscript Revised" I am sure it was well attended.
What are our members up to:
Bob O'Connor: He submitted a homily from a Pastor Kennedy who is also a frequent lecturer for the LLI program. Here is his story.
Martha: Don, I really dislike missing the Wannabe's but I have an event out of town that day. I still plan to return to the meetings soon. Thanks for the message. Martha W. Our Meeting on the 19th of April included the following updates:
Don P: Shared his books on genealogy and family history that he has created over the last few years. He recently published a novel of short stories which he is famous for within our group. The Peacock Speaks is available on Amazon. He is in the middle of editing another series of short story's for next book. He is also going to be a guest lecture on self publishing for the LLI class on the same subject.
Don H. Introduced the group to a new book entitled: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron. Here is a description of her book from Amazon. Release date: July 10, 2012
We are continuing to see more and more authors jumping to self published eBooks. They are called Hybrid Authors. The reason is money and royalty's. There was a recent article in the New York Times in the last week about Agents are now helping authors self publish their clients books and coordinating the services necessary...again money and survival are the motivations. Interesting business.
Here is what I recommended to the student who are part of my LLI class on Thursday's
- Since Kindle and Nook have 85 % of the market publish through them at a minimum.
- But if you wat to be more complete then publish your eBook using Kindle Direct and Smashwords. That will cover 95% of the distribution.
- DRM is not recommended but if you use Kindle you cannot avoid it.
- Watch out for hidden fee’s, such as manuscript changes when you use BookBaby.
- EPUB is the standard for eBooks.
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