We’ll start with a warning that came in late yesterday.
- Victoria Strauss (@victoriastrauss) reports on Writer Beware (R) Blogs that Author Solutions Introduces BookStub. The “loyalty card-size” BookStubs seem like a clever idea but what Author Solutions is charging is crazy-high–$1,199 for starters. No, that’s not 11 dollars and 99 cents. Yikes.
- On a much brighter note, Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) describes on The Technium how he’s using “crowd-funding” through Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com) for User Pre-Funding of a project he’s working on. This isn’t for everyone but it is interesting.
- Urban fantasy writer Suzanne Johnson (@Suzanne_Johnson) continues the Guide to Literary Agents blog series 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far by listing her 7 things, including, to my surprise, “Expect pushback from other authors, especially online,” referring not to negative reviews (which she addresses, too) but to the traditional vs. indie publishing kerfuffle.
- Harvey Stanbrough (@hstanbrough) and Kim Weiland (@KMWeiland) both address clarity in writing:
- And last but not least, Gabriela Pereira (@DIYMFA) has a little fun with an also serious but sometimes overlooked task when she writes about The Magic of Names: Finding Names that Capture Your Characters.
That’s all for now.