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

A neat infographic about e-books.

Today my book, The Lost King, is being featured, along with several other great book by author William Petersen. Check out the blog and the all great stories by the writers featured.

Article from the Guardian about the “e-book bubble.” Morrison makes some interesting points but I can’t say that I agree that it is a bubble. Especially since there is a bit of evidence out there that readers are starting to associate higher-priced titles with better-quality books and passing up cheaper books. I know that I didn’t start writing because I wanted to make millions as fast as possible. I wanted to make a living wage. That has always been my ultimate goal. Hopefully I will get there.

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.