Friday, March 4, 2016

Author Information Swap: Where to Find Industry News

So I've been trying to do more posts that have to do with publishing industry news. In the crazy world we live in, our business is always changing. As authors, we need to keep up with the ebb and flow of the tide. Otherwise, we'll be left behind. It's more than possible to make money publishing in 2016. (Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.) But you have to keep up with things or you'll soon find your revenue streams drying up, and you at a loss as to why.

Reasons to Keep Up on Industry Topics:

1. Constant Change - the publishing industry is in deep flux right now, and if you don't keep up with those changes, at least to some extent, you'll soon find yourself left behind.

2. Be an Expert in the Field - one thing that will give you a great deal of credibility as an author is to be in the know about the industry. If you're still preaching that the only way to publish is to find an agent and get in with the Big 5, people are quickly going to realize that your methods are outdated, and then you might lose writing credibility as well.

3. Smart Business Practices - Robert J. Kiasaki is a self-made millionaire, and one thing he preaches a lot is having a plan for both when the market is up, and when it's down. Most people only know how to make money in an up market, but if you know what you're doing, you can make money in a down market as well. So no matter what happens to the economy,  you don't lose. Stocks and bonds aside, the same is true of every industry. If print books aren't making you any money, focus on ebooks. If Amazon KDP isn't doing you any favors, try Amazon unlimited. Only by trial and error and keeping up on the newest techniques will you be able to constantly turn a profit and know what works for your novels.

4. Shortcuts to Marketing - Those who are up to date on the latest practices and technology are the ones who have an inside track to marketing. The author who sits at home going, "What's Amazon" is light years away from making a living as an author.

So keep up on the industry. It's one of the smartest things you can do for your career.

"But," I hear you say, "where can I get industry information?"

So glad you asked! I happened across a page this past week that has a list of sites that post industry news. I've visited most of them, but there were a few that even I'd never heard of before. And it's great to have such a list all in one place. So I bookmarked the page and decided to share it. These blogs/sites are active and I'd highly recommend you follow them. 

Visit for the list. 

(P.S. I actually got three posts up this week! Are you proud of me? ;D)

Are there any specific sites you prefer to visit to keep up on industry news?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Movie Review: Why Every Writer Should See "In the Heart of the Sea"

This is gonna be short and sweet! ;D

So I haven't been doing reviews much lately. I honestly just don't have the time, much as I wish I did. Most weeks I barely get a single blog post up. But I watched this film, In the Heart of the Sea a few weeks ago, and I loved it so much, I knew I'd have to review it.

And it really wasn't JUST about a great film. It was about how it relates to writing in general. This is a writer's movie. It tells the true story that an American literary classic, Moby Dick, was based on. But more than that, it ties in writing, authorship, inspiration, and chasing one's destiny (which just so happens to be writing) all in one film. There's some talk of Hawthorne in the show (A young Melville believes Nathaniel Hawthorne is a great writer and that he, Melville, will never equal him.) The film ends with a Hawthorne quote that just clinches everything, and totally made me melt. 

So we get a great adventure story that Moby Dick mirrors in many ways, but there's more gritty reality and historical detail to it. We also get a very understated discussion about why you should always write what inspires you, and chase your dreams, writing or otherwise. What haunts you, what you feel inspired to learn and/or write about, will become your destiny. Created, of course, by you. Because only you can write the way you do.

I'm not gonna do a super detailed review, except to say that had I had no complaints at all. Great story. Great historical aspects. Great acting.

This is a film every writer should see, because every writer will appreciate and be inspired by it. Highly recommended.

Have YOU seen In the Heart of the Sea? What did you think of it?