Q.: What did the French zombie waiter say to his customers?
A.: “Brain appetite.”
A zombie went to a zombie doctor for his yearly checkup. The doctor asked him what he had been eating lately.
The zombie said, “Writer’s brains.”
The zombie doctor told him to quit before he got “Clogged authories.”
Big Publishing is the Problem | Hugh Howey.
A few weeks ago, I speculated that Hachette might be fighting Amazon for the power to price e-books where they saw fit, or what is known as Agency pricing. That speculation was confirmed this week in a slide from Hachette’s presentation to investors:
So, no more need to speculate over what this kerfuffle is about. Hachette is strong-arming Amazon and harming its authors because they want to dictate price to a retailer, something not done practically anywhere else in the goods market. It’s something US publishers don’t even do to brick and mortar booksellers. It’s just something they want to be able to do to Amazon.
The biggest problem with Hachette’s strategy is that Hachette knows absolutely nothing about retail pricing. That’s not their job. It’s not their area of expertise. They don’t sell enough product direct to consumers to understand what price will maximize their earnings. Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and Apple have that data, not Hachette.
Beyond their ignorance of pricing strategy, Hachette also has a strong bias toward print books. Their existing relationships with major brick and mortar retailers gets in the way of their e-book pricing. This has been confirmed by my own publishers, who have admitted privately that they would like to experiment with digital pricing but don’t want to upset print book retailers. This puts their pricing strategy at odds with their investors’ needs, their authors’ needs, even their own profitability. In sum, they are making irrational decisions with their pricing philosophy. Hachette is making the same mistake that many publishers make, which is to think that harming Amazon somehow helps themselves.
The same presentation by Hachette to investors stressed the importance of DRM and
The rest of the article at: http://www.hughhowey.com/big-publishing-is-the-problem/
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Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award
Deadline: July 31, 2014
1st place wins $1,500 and, of course, publication in Glimmer Train Stories.
2nd place wins $500, or, if chosen for publication, $700.
3rd place wins $300, or, if chosen for publication, $700.
Entries should not exceed 3,000 words, but any shorter lengths are welcome. (Writing Guidelines)
Winners and finalists will be officially announced in the October 1 bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week.
Reading fee is $15 per story. Please, no more than 3 submissions per category.
Simultaneous submissions are okay. Please notify immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
Details at: http://www.glimmertrainpress.com/writer/html/index2.asp