Posts Tagged ‘Kindle’

Writer’s Mail

Present: Rebecca, Jen, Terry, Katelin
Rebecca – The Cheese Logue – Outline
Katelin and Terry thought the relationship sounded a little one sided and negative for the first two chapters. Suggestion: show how you both influence each other early, in the first two chapters. In chapter four, the word “policing” sounds negative. Instead of policing each other, turn it into both of you policing the something together. Be careful of word choice; use positive words to sound positive. In later chapters, close the conflict about Isaiah’s discomfort in crowds by adding a character arc of you letting him be himself – both of you accept each other the way you are, and let each other be

Terry – The Great Tome – Chapter 11, second half
Katelin liked the emotion in the scene where Rachel finds the Tome again. Jen didn’t believe Rachel’s sincerity when she questioned herself about doing the wrong thing. Rachel could have more hesitation before she picks up the Tome again. Draw out the scene more. Rebecca thought Rachel would have a greater instinct to hide what she’s doing with the Tome, since she knows it’s wrong somehow. But when she decides to use it again, she should feel happy in some way. Katelin liked the end where Rachel and Doug connect over their pain again.

Who’s Next:
August 28: Kat Wagner – Revolution, Chapter 2?, Jen Wilcher – The Hogoshiro Chronicles, Chapter 2?, Rebecca Rettenmund – The Cheese Logue, Chapter 10, Terry Hoffman – The Great Tome, Chapter 12 (more…)


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February 2, 2010 by Jerry P.

“There are few things, apparently, more helpful to a writer than having once been a weird little kid.” – Katherine Paterson, Newbery Award-winning author of children’s books

Writing friends…

Apple announces its iPad e-reader, to compete with Amazon’s Kindle, and this past weekend the price war exploded – not between Apple and Amazon, but between book publisher Macmillan and Amazon. The eventual outcome? The end of the $9.99 ebook at the Kindle store.

Maybe.  Here’s literary agent Nathan Bransford’s take on all this: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/02/kindle-missile-crisis.html

An additional note . . .

An Associated Press story Monday on how the iPad works included these observations: “Using the iPad’s touch screen to buy books and start reading seems fast compared with the navigation required on Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle, which you navigate by pushing physical buttons on the device because it has no touch screen. Book covers are displayed on a ‘shelf’ on the screen, and the reader software emulates the look of a paper book. But the iPad has a glossy screen, so it might not be as easy on the eyes as the Kindle and other e-readers, which generally sport electronic ink technology. And it probably won’t be as easy to read outdoors on the iPad.” (more…)

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January 28, 2010  by Cathy R.

“If there is no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.”    — Robert Graves

Writing friends…Our business changes all the time. On Wednesday, the long-awaited Apple iPad came out, with a starting list price of almost $500, which guarantees it won’t be a game changer in this writer’s life, at least not for a while. And last week, the online bookseller Amazon made an important announcement: it will begin offering a 70% royalty to authors willing to publish with them in digital text format for Kindle. That means authors, once they accept the terms of this offer, could receive more for their books than they might through physical books sales. For example, a typical $8.99 book would pay an author $3.15 under the standard system, but $6.25 under the new 70 percent scheme.

Some say this announcement is good news for self-publishers and small presses because it allows authors to cut out the middleman and go directly to their audience, much the same way that technology paved the way for independent music labels to connect musicians directly with their fans/listeners. (Of course, going forward, writers will really have to understand fine print and copyright laws, editing and marketing, if they’ll be working without that extra level of assistance.) Many in the book world are not pleased with this new course of events. To read more click here: http://www.businessinsider.com/henry-blodget-amazon-fires-torpedo-at-book-industry-launches-70-kindle-royalty-option-2010-1 Or here:  http://sfwriter.com/2010/01/amazons-70-royalty.html

Writing challenge set . . .  (more…)

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