Mr. Locke, now 61, has also published a nonfiction book, “How I Sold One Million E-Books in Five Months.” One reason for his success was that he priced his novels at 99 cents, which encouraged readers to take a chance on someone they didn’t know. Another was his willingness to try to capture readers one at a time through blogging, Twitter posts and personalized e-mail, an approach that was effective but labor-intensive.

“My first marketing goal was to get five five-star reviews,” he writes. “That’s it. But you know what? It took me almost two months!” In the first nine months of his publishing career, he sold only a few thousand e-books. Then, in December 2010, he suddenly caught on and sold 15,000 e-books.

One thing that made a difference is not mentioned in “How I Sold One Million E-Books.” That October, Mr. Locke commissioned Mr. Rutherford to order reviews for him, becoming one of the fledging service’s best customers. “I will start with 50 for $1,000, and if it works and if you feel you have enough readers available, I would be glad to order many more,” he wrote in an Oct. 13 e-mail to Mr. Rutherford.  “I’m ready to roll.”

I can’t imagine spending that much on a book review. Then again I can’t imagine paying for a review period. SMH

I don’t care for the overly-dramatic headline but this is a very important piece of news. I can’t say I know much about Waterstones but I could see why they would do something like this. The publishing world is changing so rapidly that many bookstores are being forced to make tough decisions for the sake of their business. Hopefully for them, it will be the right choice for them

So, I got any email today from KDP suggesting that I sign-up for Shelfari, which I hadn’t heard of before. Basically, it’s a site where readers can discuss their favorite books and add extra book information, like a glossary, character descriptions, quotes, etc. I’m currently adding info for The Lost King, so if you want to know more about the characters, the country of Fzelgara, or anything else, check the link and let me know what you think. I have a Goodreads account too but I’m never on there. I should probably get on that, lol.

Saw this posted by someone on G+ and thought I’d share it. Looks like Amazon is in a prime position right now.

Booksellers vs. Amazon vs. authors

(Source: disinfo.com)

Saw someone mention this on JA Konrath’s blog and thought I’d share it with you guys.

Oh how I wish they had this when I was in college :(

This is the third dialogue between Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler. It’s a long one but it’s filled with essential information for anyone wanting to know how to proceed in the rapidly changing publishing world. Check it out!

Looks like things are continuing to change rapidly. ebooks may indeed be the future.