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Tuesday
Jun122012

Prometheus

I am sooooo excited to see the new movie, Prometheus. I've long believed they needed a beginning to Ridley Scott's Alien series. I am such a fan of the entire franchise and I even liked the Alien versus Predator movies, though I was worried they'd be corny like Feddy versus Jason. Surprisingly, they made sense. But, now my yearning for answers to the origins of the Alien species is about to become reality. It only makes me want to write a horror story based in space. Maybe someday, but right now the galaxy belongs to our 711 authors, Ronald Coleborn and Melvyn Riley, who are just finishing up the Phoenix Earth season one tv book series. Maybe we'll all eventually co-author a space horror trilogy similar to Alien, Event Horizon and Pandorum. I'm game ;) They can write the space adventure, and I'll pepper it with my sick and twisted tales, haha.

Dru out.

Saturday
Feb112012

Book Pricing versus Page Count

News Flash: The Kindle revolution has challenged the publishing industry to a boxing match. The decision is in; Kindle has won, leaving the old publishing model beaten and bloody, as Kindle claims the belt and watches book pricing drop to rock-bottom prices. Just within the past few years, people's perception of appropriate book pricing has tipped the scales in favor of the consumer, who is used to getting their wares for less than the price of a Happy Meal. Honestly, this isn't a news flash, and I'm not knocking this new wave mentality. With the onslaught of app stores offering portable music, eBooks and digital games that can be instantly bought and downloaded on the cellphone in your pocket, even I have fallen prey to price picking. Seldom will I buy a book or app above $2.99, and I often find myself picking through the $0.99 batch more often. But in the end, if I know I am going to get a quality Kindle book, I'll pay $10 bucks or more. Because to me, quality is king.

So, what sets the standard between a $0.99, $2.99 or a $9.99 Kindle book? I've done spilled the beans; quality is king, as I said. With that in mind, we won't be discussing books priced above $2.99, because if you look at the tags for any Kindle book priced at $9.99 or above, there has usually been someone who has added a tag such as "9.99 Boycott" or "Outrageous Kindle price". I personally think that's a result of the cheap Kindle book mentality. A good book is a good book is a good book, so I don't mind paying $9.99 for a digital book full of great content, especially if the print version is $14.99 or higher. If I can save even a few bucks by purchasing a didigal copy in lieu of its paper twin, I feel I've not only saved on print cost, but also helped save a few trees in the process. Yet others disagree and complain that a $20 dollar book should only be a buck in the Kindle store. Here's the problem in that thinking. Being an author is a real job, and for an author to take next to nothing for their work, they won't be able to make a living from their craft. This in turn will leave their fans in limbo, especially with price-shocked readers who keep tagging "boycott" on their product page, thus driving away the author's income base. Now some of you may say that authors like John Locke and Amanda Hocking have made millions of $0.99 books, and they'd be right. But only a handful of Kindle authors have reached that stage of success at this point.

I'm drifting, so let's get back to my original question and focus on the title of this blog.

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Jami Lynn Saunders Interview

Jami Lynn Saunders is the youngest author to join the 711 Press Roster. Signed at only 19, this young talent is amped and ready to shake up the world of YA Fiction world with post-apocalyptic, paranormal, action and adventure tales. Many know that 711 Press does not accept unsolicited material, so it was no surprise when Jami’s first manuscript, a teen romance, was instantly rejected. But her wit and persistent determination via email and several phone calls (not willing to take no for an answer) worked wonders, getting her a full on audience with 711 Press producer Jaime Vendera. That meeting opened a door of possibilities, yet slammed it shut in her face.

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