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text 2017-09-22 07:56
Using sales to segregate good writers from bad - and save the e-book industry

According to Michael Kozlowski, Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader, the leading news website devoted to digital publishing, e-books, and e-reader news I'm a bad writer.

 

How does he come to that conclusion? In his own words, "You are only considered a real author if you can make your living solely from the book sales. If you can’t, you are merely a writer... the industry needs to define the good writers from the bad. The primary way we can do this is by sales figures; if authors make their living from publishing, they are often considered good writers.  Once we can define a good writer from a bad, we can start to segregate them."

 

Which brings us to another of his suggestions, segregating self-published books according to sales.

 

"My suggestion is for all major online bookstores that take submitted indie content to create their own sections for self-published writers. These titles should not be listed side by side with the traditional press.  Indie titles should have their own dedicated sections until such time as they reach a certain threshold in sales. Once they can attain an arbitrary sales milestone, they are drafted to the big leagues and listed in the main bookstore."

 

Why, you ask, does Kozlowski think this is necessary?

 

"There are a copious number of online self-publishing companies that promise aspiring authors the opportunity to distribute their e-book all over the world. Millions of authors publish with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, Draft2Digital, Kobo Writing Life, Nook Press and Smashwords. Most “authors” who self-publish an e-book never sell more than a handful and over seventy-five percent of all authors never earn a living through their writing."

 

And the result of this plethora of self-published dreck (my word) is that "We live in a world full of terrible e-book titles that ruin e-book discovery and make it difficult to find a good book. It is no small wonder why e-book sales have plummeted in recent years."

 

The comments on Kozlowski's blog https://goodereader.com/blog/author/michael-kozlowski on this topic are mostly specious in that they don't respond to the problem he's addressing. They range from outright denial to dismissing his ideas because there's a typo in his text.

 

As one who actually reads and reviews the work of unknown, randomly selected indie authors I'd have to agree with his assessment and his solution.

 

When I decided to write fiction about ten years ago I had about forty years of journalism as a formative base. But even though I'd written hundreds of thousands of words up to that point it, fiction was a different style of writing. To learn how to write fiction I attended writer's groups, joined online critique sites and read dozens of books and I continue to do so.

 

Writing fiction is a craft and it can be learned and mastered, to some degree, by learning the fundamentals and then practicing - a lot. It's evident that the vast majority of the indie authors I've read haven't even bothered to learn the basics and have spent no where near enough time practicing.

 

As Kozlowski says "Indie titles have no quality and control, often they are merely submitting a Word document to Amazon and clicking publish."

 

Kozlowski's not suggesting all self-published books are crap and all traditionally published books are classics, just that "there is some expectation of quality" in reading a traditionally published book", and that's definitely not the case with reading a self-published work.

 

From the beginning of my venture into writing and publishing fiction it became apparent to me the only way to measure success was with book sales. This is an industry of illusion and delusion and the majority those involved are, as Kozlowski suggested, subject to the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

 

“Unskilled individuals that suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude.”

 

I have come to accept that I am "inept" until my book sales prove otherwise.

 

Accordingly, I'm prepared to have all my books segregated in "dedicated sections until such time as they reach a certain threshold in sales. Once they can attain an arbitrary sales milestone, they are drafted to the big leagues and listed in the main bookstore."

 

I'm sure there will be very good books that never attain that threshold (mine?) and I'm just as sure there will be those who, rather than hone their craft to the point they can write a good book, will find ways of attaining that threshold fraudulently.

 

However, this is a solution I am prepared to considered in hopes "the cream might rise to the top".

 

If Kozlowski's is right that by 2020, fifty percent of all digital books will be written by indie authors and that will account for 25,000 new titles a month being submitted to online bookstores than something, indeed, has to be done.

 

  1. And just how many books would you need to sell to meet the threshold and advance to "the majors"?

Amazon has author and sales ranking graphs that are updated hourly. On Sept. 5, 2017, someone purchased one (1) e-book edition of my novel Saving Spirit Bear. That single sale boosted the novel's ranking from 8,787,432 to 201,692 an increase of 8,585,740 points. My author ranking subsequently increased 582,673 points from 825,278 to 242,605.

What do these numbers mean? I'd say a few sales a month and an indie author would be among the top 100,000 selling authors on Amazon. Would that get you into "the majors"?

Who cares, you'd still be making peanuts.

 

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.

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https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

 

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text 2017-02-06 05:35
The Benefits of Daily Shaving- Understanding the Importance of Traditional Razors

Shaving daily is a great way to look good. It enhances your appearance and makes you look younger and energetic. It also protects your skin from fungal and bacterial infections. Opting for a traditional razor will go a long way when it comes to making your shave more convenient and effective.

 

When it comes to men’s grooming, the significant role played by regular shaving cannot be overlooked. Most men shave daily to get rid of annoying beards. It is also the easiest and the most popular way to remove body hair. Unlike other hair removal procedures, shaving is painless and hassle-free. Let’s take a look at some of the main advantages of shaving-

 

Convenient and Cheap

 

Shaving is fast and convenient. It can easily be done in a few minutes. There is no risk of burns and discoloration. Although, you may get nicks if you’re not careful while using the razor, but overall it’s a safe way to get rid of that nagging beard. Moreover, it’s quite cheap. All you need is a shaving brush, shaving cream, and a razor.

 

Good Looks

 

Despite the glamorization of beards, the clean-shaven look is preferred by most men. It makes you look younger and more energetic. Research suggests that the companies are more likely to hire clean-shaven men. In the corporate environment, such a look can give you an edge over your peers. Not just this, research also says that women find clean-shaven men more attractive.

 

Protects Your Skin

 

Shaving helps you avoid skin infections. Most of the foaming creams available today have anti-bacterial agents that play an important role in keeping bacterial infections at bay. Shaving also helps in removing dead skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin. Furthermore, it makes your skin smoother and softer.

 

Shaving regularly is a great way to ensure personal hygiene. Apart from the face, shaving helps in removing hair from the chest, arms, legs, armpits and other body parts. However, to shave properly, it is important to ensure that you use a good-quality razor. These days, there is a wide range of razors available in the market. However, not all of them are good. Many of the so-called ‘modern’ razors often fail to provide the best results. For this reason, more and more people are rediscovering the benefits of traditional shaving. As a result, the demand for old fashioned razor has increased significantly.

 

There is no denying the fact that modern multi-blade razors provide good shaves initially. However, to continue getting good shaves, you need to increase the number of blades. Moreover, the multi-blades often get clogged. Traditional razors, on the other hand, not just provide you with a smooth shave but are also convenient to use and maintain. They provide effective results and can be easily cleaned. You can use any standard double edge blade with a traditional razor.

 

Using a good-quality traditional, single-blade razor will make your shaving experience more enjoyable. It will also help in keeping your skin healthy and fresh. You can easily buy a traditional razor online. However, it is important to make sure that you purchase a razor that is not just gentle on the skin but also provides a comfortable shave. Choosing a reliable brand will make it easier for you to buy a traditional razor that is perfect for everyday use.

 

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review 2017-01-01 00:00
75 Lace Crochet Motifs: Traditional Designs with a Contemporary Twist, for Clothing, Accessories, and Homeware
75 Lace Crochet Motifs: Traditional Desi... 75 Lace Crochet Motifs: Traditional Designs with a Contemporary Twist, for Clothing, Accessories, and Homeware - Caitlin Sainio Helpful. Nice patterns.
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review 2016-10-12 12:21
The British Table
The British Table: A New Look at the Traditional Cooking of England, Scotland, and Wales - Colman Andrews,Christopher Hirsheimer

by Colman Andrews

 

Traditional British cookbooks can be difficult to find in England. Seriously, ethnic cookbooks are everywhere but apart from BeRo and Mrs Beeton, the more modern cookbooks tend to pass over the Brits.

 

This one is full of beautiful, full color pictures and information the author has picked up while traveling in the UK. Some of the observations made are interesting to read from an American self-professed Anglophile's point of view.

 

The recipes start out with good, basic recipes for oatcakes, porridge, bacon rolls, etc., then it gets fancy with Omelette Arnold Bennett, which I've never heard of. It struck me as the sort of thing you would find in a good restaurant.

 

Some of the soups were a bit fancy, also more like restaurant fare than home cooking. The chapters cover Breakfast, Soups, Fish and Shellfish, Poultry and Rabbit, Beef, Pork and Lamb, Wild Game and Offal and Savory Pies and Puddings. These are followed by Vegetables, Desserts and Confections, and then even cover sauces and condiments, Teatime and drinks.

 

They deviated from English food on Gnocchi, which is Italian. But this was followed by some traditional Scottish recipes and soon came back to English with fish and chips. It seemed to me there was a lot of fish and seafood, but we do have a history of that on this island nation. Some Indian recipes were included, which is a popular cuisine here since colonial times, and the poultry section even included grouse, which you won't see in the usual cookbooks.

 

I maintain that my Yorkshire Pudding recipe is better, but there were several recognizable traditional recipes. I didn't know what to make of the vegetable recipes. It seemed directed at vegetarians, and someone ought to tell the author that builder's tea means milk and one sugar!

 

I think this might make a good first cookbook for Anglophiles who have an interest in the history of British cuisine. I don't know anyone who makes their own mayonnaise in modern times, but the overall balance gives a nice taste of the history of food in Britain.

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