"The controversial measure, called the International Code of Conduct for Information Security, would ‘give the UN more control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the Web’s address system,’ The Hill reported.”
“Using only her thoughts, a Massachusetts woman paralyzed for 15 years directed a robotic arm to pick up a bottle of coffee and bring it to her lips, researchers report in the latest advance in harnessing brain waves to help disabled people.”
The ladies of @duolit were again kind enough to let me use their website as a bullhorn, this time for my views on self-publishing in general and the notion of giving your work away for free. Having already used my five free, promotional days with Kindle’s Direct Select program, I felt it was good to at least reflect on the experience. I actually do plan on re-upping with KDS for another three months, which means more free, promotional days. Or maybe I’m just procrastinating formatting for putting The Erased in other online platforms.
Here’s an excerpt from my guest post over there:
“Publishing a book now is just a drop in the sea. So many people have seen the model work for Hocking, Konrath, et al that it’s difficult to get noticed. Even using the Direct Select promotional days that help you give your book away for free doesn’t do much unless you’ve had some kind of exposure elsewhere. That’s where blog tours and book reviewers come into the mix. Don’t just think that giving your book away for free for a few days will be enough to help you get noticed. Remember what Reznor said — ‘As an artist, you want as many people as possible to hear your work. Word of mouth is the only true marketing that matters.’
It’s difficult as an artist to think of your work as a product, but that’s what you’ve got to start doing, and you’ve got to make that product as polished as possible. Distinguish it somehow. What makes your story unique? Focus on your craft, but also focus on what’s going to make people click through the download link. But most of all, do this for you. Forget thinking you’re going to make any real money on book sales. Some people are going to be opposed to just giving their art away for free, thinking they’re entitled to profits from sharing their work.But remember also that the people who get your book for free probably were not people that you were going to sell to anyway.”
“So congratulations, North Carolina. Last night, you struck a decisive blow for loneliness. And tonight, as you go to sleep beside your heterosexual life mate, you can rest assured that all across your great state, a gay man or lesbian woman is crying themselves to sleep in solitude and making your relationship stronger with each tear.”—STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report (via inothernews)