What Hugh Howey Won't Talk About (but Should). And Don't Take Amazon's Latest Claims About the Awesomeness of $2.99 to $7.99 Pricing Seriously. Part II of Several Parts (a .5 Release)
Sorry for the .5. I've worked in software for many years and we tend to do that.
Just a quick update on the Hugh Howey stemwinder of August 1st. I thought this was interesting:
So, no one has anything to say about the actual arguments and positions from either side? Is that what I’m hearing? To equivocate between Amazon and Hachette by saying both are corporations is absolutely absurd. Monsanto and Whole Foods are both corporations. So they’re the same, right? No need to look any further?
I’d rather dig deeper than that, if nobody minds.
* Amazon allows anyone to publish. Hachette doesn’t even allow unagented submissions, meaning they require you to pay 15% of your earnings to a third party just to talk to them, no matter how well you can represent yourself.
From the Amazon Publishing Website (This site is dedicated to Amazon's house imprints.)
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Scifi/-fantasy only at this time. Make sure it's been professionally copyedited. If it's not, I'll know in about five pages and will reject the book. I don't mean to be a hump about it, but approximately 40% to 50% of the books I've received have had far too many typos, comma splices, misuse of dependent clauses, etc. (No, it doesn't have to be perfect. Most books have a few typos, including ones coming out of "traditional" publishing.) Your book cannot succeed in the market with such flaws and it's not fair to ask reviewers to read it in such a state.
I'll take a look at YA, but I'm not the best fit to that audience. PDF, Mobi, print all fine. If you have an author website you wish me to link to, please provide the URL. I don't charge and I also don't guarantee a good review!
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