• Cory Doctorow : How to support a writer’s career

    Je pourrais dire la même chose pour le soutien aux éditeurs indépendants. Une série de règles d’usage qui sont essentiels dans le monde très concurrentiel du livre.

    Since the earliest days of my novel-writing career, readers have written
    to me to thank me for my books and to ask how they can best support me
    and other writers whose work they enjoy. Nearly 15 years later, I have a
    pretty comprehensive answer for them!

    Writers’ commercial and critical fortunes are intertwined: a writer
    whose books perform well is a writer whose publisher buys and promotes
    more books from them, creating a virtuous cycle, as promotions beget
    more sales and more promotions.

    The most important time to support a writer is just after their latest
    book comes out — my novel, Walkaway, is in its first week of
    publication — because that is the make-or-break moment for that book,
    and, conceivably, for its writer.

    Books that perform well in their first weeks become bestsellers.
    Bestsellers are more likely to be reviewed by major outlets, they are
    ordered in larger quantities by booksellers (a bookseller who takes five
    or more copies of a book will very likely place that book face-out in a
    new releases section and/or on a table at the front of the store). They
    are given close attention by collections-development staff in libraries,
    and are snapped up for translations by foreign publishers. They are read
    by production staffers for TV and movie studios. They renew interest in
    the author’s backlist, too.

    Contrariwise, books that flop go into a death-spiral. They are returned
    by booksellers, their sales-figures are used to justify a smaller
    advance for the next book (and less promotions budget), and booksellers
    order fewer copies of the author’s next book. In really dire situations,
    a badly performing book can kill a writer’s career.

    Thankfully, Walkaway looks to be on course to be a bestseller, judging
    from early numbers and indicators. You readers have helped me in
    innumerable ways to make this happen and I am very, very grateful to you
    for it. Here are ways that you can continue to support Walkaway, my
    career, and future books from me:

    1. Buy Walkaway or check it out of the library. Either one sends a
    strong signal to my publisher, to reviewers, to foreign publishers and
    to the industry. This is the most important thing you can do.

    2. Review the book and tell your friends. Put your recommendation in
    your social media, in an online bookseller’s page, on Goodreads. There
    is literally nothing that sells books better than personal
    recommendations. This is the second-most important thing you can do.

    3. Buy Walkaway from an indie bookseller. The independent booksellers
    are the best friends authors can have. They support our tours, hand-sell
    our books, write shelf-reviews and talk the book up to other bookish
    people. I am visiting 30+ indie bookstores on my tour and leaving signed
    copies in my wake — any of the stores I’ve visited will be glad to send
    you one by mail-order (and you can always call a store with an upcoming
    event to request a personalized, inscribed copy). Indie bookstores are
    experiencing a renaissance and your custom gives them the stability they
    need to continue.

    4. Come out for the tour! I’m in Chicago tonight at Volumes Bookcafe,
    with Max Temkin from Cards Against Humanity. Bring along your old books
    to sign, but buy the new one from the store that’s hosting the event, to
    help them recoup the cost of extra staff, promo, etc. Coming to a tour
    stop tells bookstores that you value their place in your community and
    encourages them to continue bringing authors in.

    5. Buy a fair-trade ebook. I just launched the first-ever fair-trade
    ebook store. I am a retailer for my own ebooks and audiobooks, selling
    on behalf of my publishers worldwide. Buying direct from me doubles my
    royalties, and the book you get not only has no DRM, but it also comes
    without any kind of license agreement, and it is the only way to buy
    ebooks from a major publisher without having to sign away your legal
    rights in the bargain. Buying a book this way tells publishers and the
    industry that fair compensation for authors and fair legal bargain
    matter to you.

    6. Buy the audiobook. The Walkaway audiobook is amazing, read by Wil
    Wheaton, Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Amanda Palmer (The
    Dresden Dolls), Mirron Willis, Gabrielle de Cuir, Lisa Renee Pitts and
    Justine Eyre. I produced it independently and it is without question the
    best audio adaptation of any of my work, ever. Of course, it’s DRM-free,

    I’ve been on the road for a week now and I’m just hitting my stride.
    I’ve met thousands of readers so far on this tour and every meeting has
    been a pleasure and an honor. You readers are what make my writing
    possible. Thank you so much for your support, I literally would not have
    a career without you.



  • Goodreads, un autre méchant.

    Parmi les services en ligne dont je souhaite me débarrasser, il y a #Goodreads, le site de partage de notes de lectures, de référencement et de découverte de livres. Un site aux apparences charmantes et pratiques pour faire des listes de bouquins, pour soi ou pour partager des recommandations avec les copains ou des inconnus. Comme le reste, tout ça sent l’œuf pourri depuis le début, mais c’est tellement simple d’utilisation et les copains sont dessus, on peut échanger avec des auteurs, blabla...

    Dans les faits, je préfère alimenter le blog que je tiens essentiellement pour moi ou pourrir les timelines de seenthis , je le sais, mais au final, tous ces services profitent du mal n°1 de l’internaute : la #flemme. Parce qu’en général, j’essaye de broder un peu qand je poste un truc, c’est rare que je me contente de faire une liste tandis que sur goodreads, rien à carrer, l’#isbn un clic et hop. Broder, ça demande d’assembler deux neurones, d’écrire des embryons de phrases et essayer d’avoir l’air cultivé et intelligent.

    C’est pas faute de voir des grincheux se plaindre depuis longtemps :
    ou de râler moi-même, contre telle fonctionnalité, #spam ou connexion automatique non voulue.

    C’est au moment où je m’apprête à franchir le pas et me casser de la plateforme, que je découvre un argument supplémentaire de taille : Goodreads a été racheté par #Amazon ! - Maïmaï ! - Ce qui fait que tous les sites - ou presque, qui tournent autour du bouquin en langue anglaise (dont Library Thing) sont propriété d’amazon, en ligne directe ou via l’une ou l’autre de ses filiales comme #abebooks ! Pas mal l’hégémonie du libraire-killer : du livre au #Kindle, au profilage des biblis persos au print on demand, pas un pas sans bata, pas une ligne de publiée sans Jeff.

    Amazon buys Goodreads
    Turning My Back on Goodreads
    Amazon buys Goodreads : We’re all just data now

    Du coup, ça y’est, je vais rabattre mon amour du partage de mon point de vue non-autorisé pour les livres de gare et autres goûts de chiottes sur seenthis.

    #livres #libraires #data #donnees

    ps : il est possible d’exporter vos données goodreads en .cvs avant de demander l’écrasement de votre compte.

  • Erosion of gatekeepers

    #Amazon- #Goodreads merger unleashes a frisson in the publishing industry

    A merger and an acquisition in the US, both likely to be formalised in the second quarter, have the capacity to move the goalposts in English language publishing worldwide. It’s making writers antsy and when they think it through, readers may not be ecstatic either. Publishing companies and booksellers, the gatekeepers of the world of books, who compete financially, are trying to form monopolies in order to lean on each other harder. And two important stakeholders in book publishing, writers and readers, primary producers and consumers, feature only as interested bystanders in this arm-wrestling match. It’s almost enough to make them want to join hands and cut out the middlemen.

    via @nettime

    #monopole #livre #édition #libraires #késkeçachange