Scary New World: The ever-changing face of publishing.

Nook is discontinuing sales in the UK. Greeeaat. One more way for “the ‘Zon” to dominate indie- and self-publishing. Samhain Publishing announced last week they’re shutting down. Fuck. Take a deep breath. (And a Xanax, if you have ’em.) The good news: It’s easier than ever for a writer to get published. The bad news: … Read More

Authors: Stop it with the cliffhanger shite already. Seriously. Just…stop.

Okay, I think the blog post title says it all. I GET it. When KU first rolled out back in 2014, some of y’all immediately saw an opportunity to make a little extra change. Take a big book and break it down into smaller chunks so you got more money. Unfortunately, that got out of … Read More

Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author lawsuit: Settlement ahoy.

There was a settlement today in the Ellora’s Cave versus Dear Author lawsuit. The result? Well… http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2015/10/elloras-cave-vs-dear-author-not-with.html

Write Your Ass Off: Historically based non-con romance? DO. NOT. WRITE. IT.

Shocker (not) I have another rant today, about writers who try to sexeh up horrific historical events all in the name of “free speech.” (Spoiler Alert: They’re doucheballs.) http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2015/10/historically-based-non-con-romance-do.html

#notchilled Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author lawsuit update (10/14/2015)

Over on the Write Your Ass Off blog I’ve posted the latest update (and my latest rant). New filings in the case by DA, and there’s a jaw-dropper of a footnote on one of the pages that you DEFINITELY will want to read about if you’re following the case. http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2015/10/elloras-cave-vs-dear-author-more.html

Writer Beware: Ellora’s Cave versus Dear Author lawsuit update 9/16/2015

I’ve posted another update on the lawsuit between Ellora’s Cave and Dear Author over on my WriteYourAssOff.com blog: http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2015/09/writer-beware-elloras-cave-vs-dear.html

Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author lawsuit update 9/2/2015

I’ve posted an update over on my  Write Your Ass off blog about the Ellora’s Cave versus Dear Author lawsuit. http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2015/09/writer-beware-ec-vs-da-lawsuit-update.html

Copyright Infringement – It’s not just about the text.

Photographer Jon Paul Ferrara posted today on Facebook about finding some of his artwork illegally used as covers on e-books available on Amazon. It has been brought to my attention Amazon is republishing my artwork on e-books being sold throughout the world on their web-sites without my consent in at least 12-14 countries that I … Read More

KU info and Amazon WTFery – Reviews rejected/removed?

Two different ‘Zon topics to touch upon today, the new KU/KOLL payment structure, and the ‘Zon’s sooper-seekret sawce algorithm review removal process for…reasons? (What reasons, apparently, we’re not allowed to know.) New KU/KOLL Payment Structure Hugh Howey (as always) does a great job with going through the points: http://www.hughhowey.com/great-ku-flip-2015/ Susan Kay Quinn also dissects it: … Read More

Breaking News: Shocker (not) the Ellora’s Cave site is down.

Since yesterday (6/30/2015) the Ellora’s Cave site as been “under construction.” According to a post on their Facebook page, there’s a new site coming. One has to wonder why they didn’t sandbox the new site and just swap it out with the old one once it’s done? That would, after all, be a best practice. … Read More

Updates about KU/KOLL pricing changes, Smashwords adds “assetless” pre-orders.

I contacted Amazon via e-mail about the new KU/KOLL pricing structures going into effect on 7/1/2015 to get answers to the questions I’d brought up in my first blog post on the matter. Also, keep reading after the jump to see the news about Smashwords and their new “metadata-only” pre-order system. I think this will … Read More

Amazon KU and KOLL payment structure changing.

EDIT: I wrote to Amazon and actually talked to a representative on the phone to get these issues clarified. That blog post is HERE. From the “see, I told you so” files… Amazon has announced that they’re changing the payment structure for books exclusively enrolled in Kindle Unlimited (KU) and the books that are eligible … Read More

Writer Beware: *sigh* Badly Behaving Authors – WTF edition.

Gather around close, kiddies. It’s time for Auntie Tymber to tell you another scary tale of *DUN DUN DUUUUNNNNNN* Badly Behaving Authors! … Read More

Authors asking for reviews: the readers speak out. (And, FYI, they HATE Goodreads.)

So I conducted a highly scientific informal poll of my Tymber’s Trybe and Facebook peeps yesterday. (And a HUGE thank you to everyone who chimed in with their opinions.) The subject was asking about authors requesting reviews from readers. Which led to a side question to the Trybe peeps only about Goodreads and GR groups. … Read More

Still More Ellora’s Cave vs. Dear Author WTFery.

I should have waited to post my last update. Since then, there was a filing that Courtney Milan (as per usual) did a great job of parsing into plain English. http://www.courtneymilan.com/ramblings/2015/02/24/motion-to-quash-gag-orders-notchilled/ Then, there was this article. http://www.vulture.com/2015/02/amazon-tina-engler-erotica.html Um, whut? I need a graphic…hold on.         No, still not quite right… Noo, not … Read More