This has been an amazing week. For writers and publishers, the landscape is changing daily, even hourly.
Amazon released the first month’s statistics on the Kindle Select Program. Amazing results were enjoyed by all the authors in the program. Amber Scott and Carolyn McCray both had books in the top ten revenues in the lending program. According to Amazon “Carolyn McCray, a writer of paranormal romance novels, historical thrillers and mysteries, earned $8,250 from the KDP Select fund in December. “Amber Scott, a romance writer earned $7,650 from the KDP Select fund in December.” More information about their success and future plans can be found here
Kick Like No One’s Watching”. This post is full of valuable information on kicking our worst critic to the curb: ourselves. Her post is timely, as we start to establish the habits to meet our goals for 2012 and addresses all those concerns most artists have about the value of their work and their lives.
The Book Designer, Joel Friedlander, talks about the importance of support groups for independently published writers. He provides a list of five groups and others are included in the comments. Well worth the read if you’re going to go on the journey of independent publishing.
Liz at the Write Practice, did a great job of explaining How to Use Either, Neither, Or, and Nor Correctly. She posts a weekly grammar column that is always worth a look. See this column here.
Last but not least is a blog from my friend, Ginger Calem: Writer’s Butt Wednesday. Ginger has started a group for those writers who have ‘get fit’ or ‘get in shape’ as part of their plans for this year. She has developed a simple, easy to implement (note I didn’t say easy to do) plan to help each of us get in better shape without killing ourselves through hours of exercise. Although I wasn’t successful last week, I have the best of plans for this week. Ginger’s second post in this series can be found here.
This short sampling of information, excitement and suggestions doesn’t scratch the surface of the blogs I’ve read this week. Blogs abound. I hope you enjoy these and find them as valuable as I did.