Amazon vs. Hachette—and YOU!


Book Prices

Amazon-Hachette Dispute

I won’t tell you what to think.

  • I will make some points for both sides.
  • I will mention ways that this may impact both authors and readers.
  • I will show you what you can do, no matter which side you favor.

The main point is that Amazon appears to be pushing for more e-books ordinarily priced above $10 to be priced at $9.99. Hachette (and other publishers) appears to want the freedom to price e-books as they see fit, including those in the $14.99 to $19.99 price range.

A little clarification:

  • Amazon openly acknowledged that some books, such as e-textbooks, should be priced $10 and up (see Reference 1 below). Amazon is NOT insisting that ALL e-books should be $9.99 or less.
  • Hachette is NOT asking to price ALL e-books $14.99 and up. The issue arose over specific e-books.

Whether YOU read books or write them, YOU  are…

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My Writing Process blog tour

I’ll be posting something like this next week!

Ryan Attard


Today’s blog post is a little unusual for me. Instead of the usual rant or the occasional marketing tip, this blog is part of a tour. Now, as those of you who listen to my podcast know, I’m not one for blogging – it’s just not my thing. However, this aspect of blogging, I can get behind. I love it when fans reach out and ask me to take part in blog tours. I love it when I can help out someone and maybe have a bit of outreach for the both of us.

And since apparently every blog tour has rules (you all know how I feel about those) I opt to follow the first and thank Jonas Lee for pitching up and asking me to participate in the My Writing Process blog tour. Like most artists I am a narcissistic bastard who cannot stop talking about themselves, so…

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Tomorrow Starts the Blog Tour!

Legends of Windemere

As the title says, tomorrow is Day 1 of the 2 week blog tour for

Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune!

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

I’ll be doing the thank you posts along with my usual stuff, so I do apologize for the onslaught of posts.  I hope you visit the kind volunteers and show them support for all of their endeavors.  Many of them are authors or provide author services, so it’s very important spread the love and support.

All that being said, I do have a question that deals with after the blog tour.  I’m trying to work with weekly themes for my posts like ‘School in Fiction’ this week and ‘Birthdays in Fiction’ next week.  I was considering doing a ‘Character Interview Week’, but I’m not sure if that would be successful.  I figure I will ask:

If I was to do a week of…

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Cover Reveal for Southbound, by Jason Beem

The cover and book trailer for this are amazing. Now this is a book in the adult market that has really caught my interest because it’s about overcoming addiction, which is a mental illness, and reading books with mental illness is something I fine comforting, especially for characters that overcome it.

Jackson Paul Baer

I’m excited to show you the cover reveal for “Southbound,” by Jason Beem. Jason is an up-and-coming writer from Portland, Oregon. His novel is set to release on March 31, 2014 from Pandamoon Publishing.

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Author Interview: Gregory S. Lamb

Interview with a fellow AEC author.

Ray's Works

Mr. Lamb,

Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions as we get closer to your launch.

For readers who aren’t aware, retired USAF Colonel Gregory S. Lamb is officially releasing his latest book, “A Dangerous Element” in March. It’s a military thriller that brings together not only a great fiction story but a unique insight into some of the most complex challenges our country is facing today. I dare you to watch the news for about five minutes after reading this book and not take a tentative step backward.

ADE - COVER - FRONTThat said, I’m excited to have the chance to interview him!

So, first things first. Have you always wanted to be a writer? I can imagine you out in the field, dreaming up stories to follow you as you move around the world, writing it all down in a leather-bound journal full of fantastic ideas.

Great question Ray.  When…

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The Looking Glass Wars Book Giveaway!

Enter to win The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor!

There was actually a tie between 13 Reasons Why and The Looking Glass Wars, and because I promised to make a choice last night, I wasn’t going to wait around for someone to break the tie. So I just closed my eyes and chose between the two. So, without further ado, The Looking Glass Wars!

The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook. The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss? parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she…

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