Sometimes, I receive emails that just don’t make any sense to me. For example, occasionally people write to me under false names, sending false allegations about one company or another, or feeding me a completely false news story. Of course, I investigate these before I publish them and it’s not too hard to figure out if somebody has fed me outright lies about one outfit or another. Perhaps it wouldn’t be such a stretch to think some people have tried to get me to publish lies just so they can smear my name later for doing so. Let’s face it, after a decade of WritersWeekly Whispers and Warnings, I now have more enemies than I can count…or even remember.
Then there are the emails from people claiming to be long-time readers, who insult me for just plain doing my job – protecting them from industry scum. This week, I’ll share one of those with you (edited and consolidated – we exchanged a couple of emails). After receiving this email, I felt like I’d been hit over the head with a purse after trying to help a little old lady cross the street.
- EBOOK PRICE-FIXING: Who Gets Hurt in the End?
- STILL THINKS EBOOKS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE
In October 2002, Jim Wier, CEO of the Snapper lawn mower company, paid a visit to Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart had been selling Snapper lawn mowers for three years, so Wier’s reason for making the trek to Big Box Mecca wasn’t to put on the usual dog-and-pony show that so many manufacturers reduce themselves to in an attempt to get the world’s largest retailer to carry their products. His purpose was the exact opposite: Although his contract with Wal-Mart was worth tens of millions of dollars, he wanted to tell a Wal-Mart vice-president in person that Snapper would no longer sell its product through Wal-Mart.
In the book I’m writing now, part of the story takes place in a real restaurant. I not only mention the restaurant by name but I name the owners as well. I asked for their permission, but should I get it in writing?
Success Story will return next week.
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SHAME ON Randall Kennedy, owner of Devil Mountain Software – Accused of providing quotes (under a false name) to the media, and not providing full disclosure that he owned a company he was writing about for InfoWorld.
I noticed during lunch that Richard looked a bit red. He’d been in the direct sunlight when he was working outside the RV. He’s not supposed to be in the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. because it can cause him to get vasculitis, which can then last for months, and necessitate Prednisone. Think of it as a sun allergy. We kinda forgot about the 10 to 3 rule because, in Bangor during the winter, we’re not outside this time of year anyway.
The boys wanted to fly their kites in the afternoon after lunch but…
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This week’s Maxism:
“I like the sound of my kiss. It’s like a squeaking sound!”
Hugs to all!
P.S. QUERY LETTERS THAT WORKED! Real Queries That Landed $2K+ Writing Assignments – Want to read real query letters that landed these contracts? Woman’s Day – $2,800; Redbook – $3,500; Ladies Home Journal – $3,000; DiscoveryHealth.com – $2,000; Lifetime Magazine – $3,000; Life Extension Magazine – $6,480; Natural Remedies – $11,300; and many more! See: http://www.writersweekly.com/books/1409.html
BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K – $100K Publishing Contracts – Want to read real book proposals that landed these contracts? Simon and Schuster – $100,000; Berkeley Books – $25,000; Osborne-McGraw-Hill – $19,500; Random House $15,000; and many more! See a complete list here: http://www.writersweekly.com/books/3332.html
price fixing (n.) – the establishing of prices at a determined level, either by a government or by mutual consent among producers or sellers of a commodity.
If everybody agrees to list and sell ebooks for $9.99 (or at any other “determined level”), that’s price-fixing, plain and simple. When prices are fixed, who gets hurt in the end? Everybody…except the one mandating the price, of course…
Dear Angela and Richard,
I want let you know that last year I received a traditional publishing contract for my new release, Troubled Childhood, Triumphant Life, to be released on March 1st. As you may recall, I wrote a self-published work entitled, Stepping Out of the Bubble through Booklocker.com.
Both you and Richard were excellent in helping me with the manuscript, completed book and marketing tips. This has been an interesting journey with a traditional publisher, but I am excited with the product and the way that New Horizon Press has dealt with me.
By the way, I had many offers from companies that turned out to be scam artists. You had prepared me for this possiblility.
Thanks for laying the groundwork for my writing career!
James P. Krehbiel
Stepping Out of the Bubble: Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Counseling Therapy
Whenever a discussion about e-book formats comes up, it’s a sure bet Amazon’s Kindle will be mentioned. Because the Kindle is produced by the largest online book retailer, some seem particularly enthralled with it, and many have rushed to convert their manuscripts to Kindle format. But, being recognized does not mean being the biggest or necessarily the best, and since Amazon has refused to share sales statistics, consumers are left to speculate about its popularity, or lack thereof…