Checking in from time to time on THREAD #1 just to be sure...and seeing it on page two and all, and seeing it at a whopping 61,725 views, 1425 replies, 95 pgs.....I got a little teary-eyed to say the least. I had to say something over there, some parting words....I felt a need for some sort of Eulogy like thing. Here is the message I left on that Lunar surface over there:
"Leaving this old elephant of a thread behind....man, it is not easy as I thought.....it feels like stranding the Apollo capsule in space or something.....
But things ARE progressing and going swimmingly on Thread2."
WE do have 400 views already on #2. And that is what I call Cool Beans.
I have a question. In the thread on Amazon's new stance on Tagging, someone mentioned that we can buy advertising just like anyone else can. So does anyone have any idea how much it costs?
Also, is the ebook Consortium works out, maybe we could have groups get together to buy some sort of advertising package at a lower rate (because of being a group) and then everyone in that particular group would get a piece of the advertising?
Last of all, is the ebook Consortium going to sell advertising to it's members? If done at a low enough price (because it's mostly just going to be seen by other ebook authors and not the general public) it might get enough interest to help offset the server costs for the website.
While I agree it would be simple to charge for things like advertising to fellow eAuthors, that is a little off mark.
My personal thoughts are that funding for things like the ePublishing Consortium should come from deeper pockets and not struggling writers.
It is relatively inexpensive to host the website. That cost will go up some as usage does.
The only thing I could see actually charging for is anything that would require human intervention instead of being done programatically. But, I would prefer the site be self sustaining and not require human intervention to make a function work.
I am really seeing the ePublishing Consortium much like open source software. It is going to be open source publishing. That will really help expedite the ePublishing revolution that we are all witnessing.
It all comes down to visibility. I am just pulling together a lot of existing functionality, most of which is open source software, to put the power of ePublishing directly into the hands of the eAuthors.
The eConsortium reminds me of academic literary, and experimental authors at various universities in the 70s and 80s who started book consortiums wherein they all pitched in to help one another even down to when one was 'ready' to publish by God, they all pitched in some dough and saw to it that Leonard Skinner Ssmith Jones was able to get one hundred copies of his book bound by a printer on Lincoln Avenue by the name of Anatole so that he could begin selling those books, normally about a heart-breaking life spent in an effort to understnad oneself and the world and one's place in the world but in the end it was all for naught as the world proved to be a joke perpetuated on the human race....etc.
I think the eConsortium can do better, far better than Anatole's book bindery shop.
After all, we have Amazon.com
Much of what this consortium proposes is moral support far more than all else, alongside practical tips and useful informmation of the sort in this thread right here.
I just reduced my Titanic book by a buck and announced it on sale for a month at this price. On facebook and elswhere I posted the following:
Titanic 2012 - Curse of RMS Titanic by Rob Walker
TITANIC now 2.99: SWEET deal for a work that cost me 6 months of life when I was so tottally devoted to it. I shunnd loved ones, only half did my job, sneaked in chapter work between meals, lost sleep, sex, churchgoing time (OK, that last item was a lie - you figure it out). All the same, WHAT A BARGAIN - 2 stories in 1, 2 sets of characters, 2 time zones playing off 1-nother & Inspector Alastair Ransom to boot!
The above POSTER ad of my own making costs me nothiing. I kind of like paying Zero for advertisiing. From all I have heard of those using Amazon ads, the results are NOT worth it. I have followed several people who have gone this route and it has not worked for them.
I duplicate such "self-made" ads as the above wherever I can get away wtih them. My contests which I took to the stodgy Kindle Korner and equally stodgy DorothyL were such hits I am proposing to do same each month.
"someone mentioned that we can buy advertising just like anyone else can. So does anyone have any idea how much it costs?"
John, not sure if you mean the Amazon book store itself or some other site but I bought 2 ads on Kindleboards.com Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see "book a day" ads and "banner" ads. The book a day costs $35. The banner ads cost $40. The book a day are already book into 2012 but the banner ads are available this year. You just have to know how to create a banner ad which can be found by googling.
Slow day on the thread for comments it appears; I have been away all day at hospital seeing baby sis. She is thus far responding well, upset at bloating, gaining weight, and she wants a shower. She tidied up the room! Brushed her hair. Walked the hallway with me. She is just stubborn enough that the medical staff finds her inspiring and she calls them her incentive.
While she sleeps, I work on my work in progress and as true with me always, I get MORE done in a public place than at home in terms of pgs. written. Why is that?? Because at home there are always things needing doing, fixing, correcting about the house, clothes to wash, dishes to do, cats to feed, litter to change, jammed door to correct, floors to sweep, etc., etc.... but at a coffee shop with m and just my PC? I have only ONE job to focus on. In the end, to actually get the writing done, it takes amazing focus and independent study and research and work. Dedication is what some call it.
(who once did a chapter in a Vegas casino with bells, whistles, whatnot going on)
Slow day on the thread for comments it appears; I
have been away all day at hospital seeing baby sis.
She is thus far responding well, upset at bloating,
gaining weight, and she wants a shower. She tidied up
the room! Brushed her hair. Walked the hallway with
me. She is just stubborn enough that the medical
staff finds her inspiring and she calls them her
Good for your sister. She has the best possible attitude. As someone else said, it must be a family trait.