My cousin David S. Smith of Alabama writes Christian devotionals. He’s a retired salesman, so handselling his own books keeps his talents from rusting. Also, he’s not in it for the money, but for the sharing. Anyhoo, I design the covers and my husband does the interior formatting. Book one was God is Real and the new book is Every Day Is A Gift. Ebook and print, at Amazon.
I recently got a flood of emails asking about The Kitchen Charmer. So here’s my communal answer, y’all. Thank you for you infinite patience. It’s still in the works! I probably have 800 pages on the book, although they’re not in sequence and some refer to versions that will never see the light of day. It stopped being a novella a long time ago, partially because it wanted to be bigger, and partially because my readers kept saying they wanted full-length novels.
I take forever. I agonize over every scene, sometimes every word. Some of that is my usual perfectionism; but a lot of it’s from working as an editor and publisher now, which means I’ve got a bird’s eye view of the competition in ways I never had, before. The world is a scary place in which to release our tender book birds.
I’m hoping for a spring pub date, but I’ve quit issuing estimates. I can report that the book is moving along at a faster rate, and going more smoothly, than ever before. Knock on wood. Thanks again for waiting. I hope it’s worth it.
David Streitfield at the New York Times reports: “Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute.”
More dominance for Amazon and the big publishers, less opportunity for everyone else?
So far as I can tell from what we know (only the basics) and what the insiders are guessing about, Hachette got what it wanted–control over pricing of its books and an acceptable contract in terms of how much more it will pay Amazon for various promotional services–and Amazon agreed to give Hachette’s books even more promotion. Very similar to Simon & Schuster’s (assumed) deal. If the other big publishers get similar deals (and I’m betting cash dollars they will) then look for Amazon to give much more feature space (and search engine priority) to Big 5 titles and Amazon’s own imprint titles, which already receive a lot of favored treatment. For small and medium presses, hybrid authors and self-published authors in the KDP program, will that further undercut what was once a relatively level playing field?