Skyrim Publisher Gives Up on Game Reviews—and It Won’t Be the Only One | WIRED

I was reading this story in context of the fun (I’m being sarcastic here) that many indie authors must beg for reviews of our stories/books.  It is an interesting dilemma for video game publishers and I’m curious if this trend could move into the book publishing.

 

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Book Giveaway on Amazon

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Beowulf: Curse of the Dreygurs: A Monster Slayer Book (Kindle Edition). https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/7164358812bdfc18 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Nov 7, 2016 11:59 PM PST, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.
Giveaway Summary:
webpage-front Title: YA New Adventures – Beowulf: Curse of the Dreygurs
Entry Message: Thanks for participating in this kickoff to a new YA book by Gordon Brewer. Good Luck
Duration: Oct 23, 2016 7:18 AM PDT – Nov 7, 2016 11:59 PM PST
Prize: Beowulf: Curse of the Dreygurs: A Monster Slayer Book (Kindle Edition)
Number of Prizes: 12

A competition to spend Halloween in Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania.

Might be too late but I like this cool link to a great Halloween trip. Bram Stoker’s great-grand-nephew Dacre Stoker, who has teamed up with Airbnb to offer two people the chance to spend the night of 31 October in Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania.  via Deathbed and breakfast: what’s your ideal horror fiction holiday? | Books | The Guardian

Also a news about Smashwords enhancements to Coupon Manager – For those using Smashwords, their coupon features have been upgraded.  Take a look at the link . via Smashwords.

 

 

How Indie Authors Can Master Their Online Presence

Just found this article recently, although it’s nearly a month old, and must admit it has some interesting thoughts about whether the control should be under the author or the publisher.  I must admit when I started off, I was doing all the wrong things.  I agree wholeheartedly with the basic premise of the article that consistency and discipline must extend from your books into your online presence.  Nice quick read I recommend.

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625,327 Self-Published e-books were released in 2015

Now that’s an impressive number to me but, honestly, I thought there would be more.  Turns out I’m correct in my thinking.  Further reading finds this is ONLY accounting for ISBNs directly sold by Bowker (which I now use).  Apparently the count of ISBNs used by vast majority of self-published authors are not even released by the big dogs like Amazon and B&N, etc.

You can find more info in the article link below.

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