Links of Interest

In no particular order:

Those of us who’ve been around long enough to remember actually mailing manuscripts may struggle with the new, ocean of online publishing (which is both wider and more shallow than the one we used to sail).

Michelle V Rafter of Wordcount rounds up some re-training resources.

Mark Coker of e-publisher Smashwords, has a few strong words of warning about the newish scam of private label articles.

The SFWA has reprinted an updated version here.

Micro Niche Finder isn’t the only operation promoting these shady private label rights articles. There are dozens of others. Their insipid content is popular with SEO scammers who use multi-level marketing schemes and affiliate programs to confuse Google’s search results by polluting the web with vapid ebooks, blogs and websites featuring this content.

If you’re a real author, this content makes it more difficult for your readers to find you on Google.

Last, we go back to that relic from last century, the ongoing debate among snobs of literary fiction vs genre fiction, and the hazards of mixing genres in general. Justin Allen, whose work routinely crosses multiple genres (but none of them “literary”, despite his MFA) breaks this and many other factors that control our “zombie feet” in the bookstore down in three parts:

Part 1 at SF Signal

Part 2 at Debuts  & Reviews

Part 3 at Grasping for Wind

[From part 3]

The thing is, if you write between genres you are pressing the buttons of prejudice in not one group, but in many groups, and maybe in all groups! You take the chance that bookstores are going to shelve you in a place where the readers who might have loved your work will be unable to find it (their zombie feet having taken them to some other section of the store). You inflict cover problems on yourself and your publisher, making it difficult to know how exactly to attract the eye of potential buyers (should it have a fantasy cover – metal bikini and all – or a romance cover – shirtless man embracing lady love on beach? It can’t be everything!). Reviewers on all sides may object to the very heart of your project, because they dislike one aspect. Others might make the assumption that it was never meant for them, and so not give it the time of day. You may, to make a long story short, find yourself slipping between fan-bases, and so between the cracks.