Goodbye, eBay

April 10th, 2011

I’ve had it with eBay. I closed my store not long ago. Their recent announcements that they were more or less coercing sellers into adding shipping charges into their sales price lost me. Now I hear from AuctionBytes editor Ina Steiner that they are messing with the feedback system. eBay was very good to me for many years. I wrote five or six books about them (can’t even remember). But it’s time to move on to smaller marketplaces.

What I’ve Learned

April 7th, 2011

The thing I learned from the writer’s conference–the most important thing, at least–is just how much knowledge and experience I have as an author, especially in dealing with publishers. I’m going to write an e-book on the subject called Surviving Your Publisher. Publishers don’t have all the answers. They’re fumbling in the dark, trying to see what works and how they can survive in a changing landscape. They’ve latched on to the notion of a “platform” supported by social media. They give the impression that you need to have one. The fact is you don’t. It helps, but it gives us writers or would-be writers the wrong impression.

Louise Hay

April 3rd, 2011

I am attending a conference sponsored by the publisher Hay House. The head of the company, Louise Hay, sits in the front row, listening intently to every word, doing the writing exercises.
She is 85 years old. She started this company when she was 61. She has sold millions of books. I have not read one of them but I can tell she is revered by many of the people here. She sets a good example.

I’ve learned that it’s no longer good enough to write a book proposal. No, now I have to come up with a full-fledged business plan. I have to tell publishers beforehand how I am going to market it. I have do describe my platform. Really, is there any part of the publishing process writers don’t have to do for publishers? What do publishers do that we can’t do ourselves?