A Fiery Debate. The Trends Twitter Forgot.

More articles about books, selling books, book reviews and readers. The debate seems to be bubbling along and I’m beginning to feel that there is some kind of armageddon coming, in which the industry will implode and there may be no readers left? Ahh hyperbole, at least some things never change.

So far, as far as fiction is concerned, I think the debate is a little light on the emphasis around good storytelling. You can be a fabulous writer, gifted and exceptional, but if your story is missing fundamentals, it loses its appeal. You have to respect your readers. That is a Vonnegutism, but it’s also obvious. I can’t stand reality TV, but it would have no audience at all if the writers and editors didn’t give you a story, or many stories, to follow. There is a lesson in that. I just wish someone, apart from reality TV producers, would pick it up and run with it!

The first two,  written by Laura Miller @ Salon.com

  • Social Media Scamsters – Is the internet a dangerous place to look for a good book?
  • The Case For Positive Book Reviews – “’Let me draw your attention to an obscure book that’s not worth reading and then tell you in detail why it doesn’t measure up’, is a pretty feeble bid for a reader’s attention and time”.

The second two on Social Media for Fun and Profit, written by Nick Earls, Author, via WordPress

  • Will You Buy My Book If I Tell You About My Cat? – “publishers will still make authors do it because publishers lose nothing if an author burns time, and because there’s the perception that you’ll start sliding back rapidly if you don’t do it.”
  • Is Your Platform Your Product – “This is the black box no one’s yet broken into that would make social media a powerful selling tool. How do you build a platform and sell it for nothing, and then build something else and sell it for money, to the same people?”

If you have missed my previous posts on current affairs in the book industry, you can look back here, here or here.

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