Panzer found a post at GalleyCAT we can all use about finding beta readers. Over the last few months Panzer and I have spent a lot of time looking for beta readers for our writing projects. Beta readers are important to find those holes in the plot we're all blind to. They also find the inconsistent character actions that slip right past us. We need them!
In the post author Aubrey Rose shares that using our family members as beta readers is totally useless. So where can we go to find those readers?
Now that Smashwords is working with Oyster, Panzer did a little investigating to see what's popular with the readers there. It turns out GalleyCAT was wondering the same thing.
There's no surprises on the list. The top five are:
1. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
2. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
3. Serena by Ron Rash
4. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
5. Outward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz
Panzer found a new post at GalleyCAT about Amazon's keywords and categories. We've been researching Amazon's keywords and categories for the last couple of days. We were interested in seeing if others have had sales increases by changing the keywords they've been using.
The GalleyCAT post includes several links to help pick the appropriate keywords and there's a link to Donna Fasano's post about her experience with Amazon.
Panzer discovered Smashwords has signed another distribution agreement. This one with an ebook subscription company called Oyster. According to Mark Coker at Smashwords, Oyster is similar to Amazon's Prime membership.
Panzer went over to Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog today and boy is he glad he did!
Kristine has an excellent post about the difference between viewing your writing as merely getting published or as a career. The question is are you satisfied just to call yourself a writer or do you want a writing career? Is seeing your name in print enough or do you want to earn your living from your writing?
Be advised this is a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g post so get a -v-e-r-y b-i-g cup of tea before you sit down to read it.