Saturday, March 29, 2008

Self-Publishing With Amazon's Booksurge Or Else!

Well well well. Amazon's selling policies may be getting quite interesting. It appears that they have "notified publishers who print books on demand that they will have to use its on-demand printing facilities if they want their books directly sold on Amazon's Web site". That's a direct quote from The Wall Street Journal and several other credible news sources.

This reminds me of the video rental industry. Blockbuster's exclusive deal with the Weinstein company shut out, or tried to, independent video store retailers from renting Weinstein DVD's. It didn't work but monopolies do exist in business.

Looks like Amazon's throwing their muscle and threatening POD (print on demand) publishers. Some observers feel Amazon is targeting subsidy publishers. It could be as that's a very lucrative business. (Personally, I feel subsidy press is a big rip-off for most publishers but I guess it has its place in the publishing world.)Anyway, I'm getting off topic.

It is true that BookSurge does not offer distribution through any channel other
than That's pretty limiting. It looks like Amazon's new business model is simple: Print your POD books with Booksurge if you want them to be sold by Amazon on If you have another POD source, Amazon will not sell your book.

It'll be interesting to see if this works for Amazon. I bet not but time will tell.

Take care.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Calling All Adirondack Authors!

In celebration of the Town of Indian Lake’s sesquicentennial (hey, you try to spell it!), the Indian Lake Library will be hosting an Adirondack Author’s night on July 30 at 7PM. All local Authors are invited! If you are interested, please contact the Library Director,

You can also sign up here:

Have you been to Indian Lake? It's beautiful. I visited several times last year while peddling my book, Adirondack Nightmare: A Spooky Tale in the North Country. Indian Lake is near Blue Mountain Lake and Sabael, a gorgeous spot in the heart of the Adirondacks.

Book signings are kind of fun. I've been to quite a few and can say that it depends on where you are sitting, the weather and the amount of press the signings get. I won't be doing as many as I did last year but I will probably do a few just to keep in touch with my fellow Adirondack author buddies. I've sold from one book to 30+ at a signing.

I don't know if I'll go to this one or not, I can't seem to decide...

Take care.