Hey gang! and welcome to the scuttlebutt for the fourth week in September. Is it too early for pumpkin spice? Yeah, you know it is.
As always there's been some nutty goings-ons around the writer-sphere. So without further ado, here you go!
1 Broke Girl
Over on Forge, Heather Demetrios shared a post called, How to Lose a Third of a Million Dollars Without Really Trying.
First off, this is a bummer of a story, and it expresses the need for all of us to invest in learning stuff like budgeting and managing our money. It also speaks to how writers are still being caught up in "The Dream" of being a published author.
Second off, I don't think any of us really need help with losing a third of a million dollars. I mean, I don't.
Third off, she didn't really lose it. That's a little misleading. I lose my keys and my gold-colored, corduroy cap all the time. If I ever receive $333,333 I'll do my best to not misplace it.
Fourth off, let's all be kind to one another and share our stories so that we can continue to grow and learn and be better people as well as better storytellers!
PublishDrive goes Sassy with SaaS!
For those of us who don't live in geeky-software-marketing-world, SaaS stands for Software as a Service. It's one of the more funner acronyms out there. Feel free to say it out loud if you like. SaaaaaS. You got to SaaS it. You got to SaaS it.
PublishDrive has now switched its pricing model entirely to subscriptions.
Firstly, this is kinda unexpected seeing how so many of us writers have gotten used to paying a small percentage of sales for aggregation and distribution services.
Secondly, it has become more common across the software world to pay a monthly or annual subscription for these kinds of services.
Thirdly, PublishDrive has four different tiers currently, so there is a good selection for finding a subscription price that makes sense for most of us.
Fourthly, there is a donut hole in this model for writers who have more than one book to distribute but don't earn out $20 a month. I suppose this will encourage us to generate more sales!
Publishing Still has Intense Library Confusion
On the one hand, Scholastic has added its children's and YA ebook list to Overdrive's digital catalogue. That's great! More books for kids...and, er...brain-fogged-nursing-mothers to read (judge after you've been there).
On the second hand, McMillian has decided to allow libraries only one digital copy for the first week after a new title is released. [furrowed brow] Who's doing the market research on these decisions? Is it the Hamburgler? The Grinch? Oh, maybe it's Oscar the Grouch.
On the third hand...I don't have a third hand, that's just silly. See you next week, and have a merry weekend!