Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Carnival of Ideas that Apply to the Future of Publishing: Amazon and Chris Anderson Anyone?

I've never really done what bloggers call a "carnival" before. (If you don't know the term, you may want to learn more about this kind of carnival at But there are two developments "In the News" that I have or will cover in my newsletter. Still, both seem so important that I didn't want to wait to get them into a blog. Further, it seems a carnival link to the original articles and discussions will serve my readers better. So, here they are, straight from my "In the News" segments from my Sharing with Writers newsletter:

In the News: Those of you have read my Sharing with Writers newsletter for some time know that I think Chris Anderson's Long Tail theory has much to inform the world of publishing. Now he's at it again. Read his new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. Time (magazine gives us a hint as to what it's about: "Just because newspapers, e-mail, music and software are all free online doesn't mean those businesses are dying." We all need to know why and how this free business model affects us and applies to us.

In the News: Holy cats! What do you make of this new Amazon development? They've started a new program publishing self-published books that have been well received on Amazon: They promised an "answer to the demise of Amazon Shorts." This couldn't be it, could it?

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog.

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