Update: I've seen seeing links all day to this topic, and this one goes into great detail.
When I posted about small start up e-publishers shuttering yesterday, I had no idea about this.
It is with a great sadness that we announce the closing of All Romance eBooks, LLC. For the first year since opening in 2006, we will be posting a loss. Despite efforts to maintain and grow our market share, sales and profits have declined. The financial forecast for 2017 isn't hopeful. We've accepted that there is not a viable path forward.
Their sites will go dark on December 31.
You can read the rest here, at the web site. It's a polite message, but this does come as a shock to many people. And, I've seen some backlash. If you do a search on Facebook with the hashtag #allromanceebooks you'll see what I mean. People are not thrilled about this.
I happen to believe that in the future all indie authors will be selling their books on their own web sites, which will benefit readers because the prices will most likely be lower and readers will have direct interaction with authors.
Ignoring Writing Rules and Rejections
I haven't linked to Anne R. Allen's blog in a while, and when I saw this post on social media I couldn't pass it by. It's a post written by Ruth Harris on the topic of rejection, and those so-called writing rules.
Just like a lot of things, rejection isn’t always what it seems to be. Writers need to put that stack of rejection letters into perspective. Sibel Hodge turned 200 rejections into the #1 spot on Amazon’s bestseller list and a great career with Amazon’s imprint, Thomas and Mercer. Joe Konrath got rejected by his publisher even though his books were selling and making money for the company and went on to become an indie superstar making more money than he ever did with a publisher.
If you're an author, you should check this out. I never link to things like this unless I totally agree with the content. Here's the rest.
George Michael Rehearsing In l992
This is one of those vids you'll want to see more than a few times.
The year was 1992, and reeling from the loss of Freddie, the stars aligned for a tribute show for the fallen Queen frontman.
Watch, and feel free to let the tears flow, as George Michael absolutely nails “Somebody to Love.” David Bowie hangs out in the wings, cool as ever, in total approval.
You can watch the video here. It's really that good.
Valley of the Dudes
Stepbrothers In the Attic by Ryan Field