Episode 70 – OneBook, Target Readers, and Days of Yore

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Question of the Week: What qualities would you want in an organization that protects the interests of authors and why?

In the dog days of summer, only the strong self-publishing newscasters survive. Bryan and Jim talked writing speed and Jim’s latest Authorpreneur interview before diving head first into the tips. The advice included spreading audiobooks with OneBook, selling local with the bookseller’s mindset, and fiction writing lessons from Joanna Penn. The news included stories on picking your ideal reader, the myth of author laziness, trad pub blacklisting blurbs for POD books, Konrath and Eisler’s Authors Guild fisking, and one author’s reminiscences of trad pub days gone by. This week’s Question of the Week: What qualities would you want in an organization that protects the interests of authors and why?

What You’ll Learn: 
  • How fast Bryan wrote with his new setup
  • Why OneBook could help you sell more audiobooks
  • How to think like a bookseller when approaching stores
  • What Joanna Penn learned from writing 10 books
  • How to choose your ideal reader persona
  • Why there’s no such thing as a lazy author
  • How some trad pubs are cracking down on POD blurbs
  • How the Authors Guild took two steps back
  • What one author misses about the trad pub process
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Question of the Week: What qualities would you want in an organization that protects the interests of authors and why?

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  • QOTW – I’d like the group to educate us AND publishers on contracts. Many indies need to be protected from contracts that aren’t good for us, should we want to explore a traditional publishing deal someday. The publishers also need help to know what they can and should offer ‘indies’ these days. I think they mean well, but don’t know what they don’t know, you know?

    • Bryan

      See, that’s smart. Good answer.

  • QOTW – I’d also like this group to educate small publisher/presses on what they can do differently from big publishing to succeed themselves, and to help their authors succeed.

    To their credit, they are doing things differently, but they still don’t know what they don’t know. Someone needs to reach out and show them some tricks of the new trade!

    • Bryan

      We must show them the way!

    • Crissy Moss

      Education, yes, I forgot that one.

  • Crissy Moss

    QOTW – They would need to be interested in the authors well being. Fight for the rights, and sustainability of both the traditional and self published authors.

    I would join, and even pay money into, a guild that had a group healthcare plan, had contingency to help authors with litigation if needed, vetted editors/illustrators/etc, promoted publishers that actually helped their writers and looked out for their interests, promoted easy to read contracts and invoices from trade publishers, and in general fought to make the business more transparent and better for everyone involved.

    I would love to work with a trade publisher if I knew they would give me a great cover, good editing, and promote my book. It’s expensive for each of those things, and I’d rather not have to do them for myself if I didn’t have to. But as of yet the idea of traditional publishing when I give up so many rights to get so little in return is just a laughable idea.

    • Bryan

      Great points in the 2nd paragraph. Healthcare. Litigation help. That’s what a Guild should do.

      • Crissy Moss

        I’d rather have a one payer system for medical like other first world countries, but it would be better than no medical.

  • Darren Sapp

    Bring on board members that champion self-publishing to offer a more balanced support of all publishing models that authors are using and having success at today. You know, like Konrath. No, he might drive them crazy. Maybe Eisler or Howey. That, or change the organization’s name to Publishers Guild, Publishers United, etc.

    • Bryan

      I know that CJ Lyons is on the Guild board. I’m sure she’s had something to do with the contract initiatives.

  • Connie B. Dowell

    QOTW: Definitely education and pushing for publishers to be more transparent. It’s ridiculous that publishers are restricting whom their authors can blurb for and tying authors hands in talking about the process.

    I do hope you’ll let us know how transcription works out for you, Bryan. I’ve tried a couple different speech-to-text programs and had similar problems to what you’ve described. Transcription sounds wonderful but looks a bit expensive.

    • Bryan

      Agreed on the ridiculousness.

      I’ll keep you in the know! It hasn’t been great so far. May have to switch back to typing until I finish this project. Don’t want to keep my readers waiting while I get my act together :).

  • Dragon dictation takes a bit to get used it, took about a month for me. Its worth it once you get the hang of it.

    • Bryan

      Do you have Mac or PC?

      • I have the app on my Iphone, it’s great us it when walking the dog, at the pool, in the car. Whenever I have a free 15 mins.

        • Bryan

          Cool. Any training tips? 🙂

          • Biggest tip is don’t give up. Talk slowly, and do mini test runs, with simple sentences. I found that it couldn’t understand some of my character names so I choice simple ones then find and replace once its in word.

          • Bryan

            Mmm. Ok, I will consider giving it another go.