Link of the Week – Publishing Trends for 2018

January 16, 2018

Is the future bright or bleak for authors? From marketing and “direct to reader” sales to audiobooks and subscription services, here is a great article from The Written Word with publishing predictions for 2018. Well worth the read, my friends.

https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/2018/01/08/publishing-trends-indie-publishing/


Link of the Week – Rank Stripping

January 3, 2018

Instead of a Hump Day Kick Start today, I am posting a link to writer David Gaughran’s blog Let’s Get Digital. He outlines one author’s ongoing rank-stripping issue by Amazon. It’s a serious problem for innocent authors following the rules and it’s costing time, ranks, sales and marketing dollars. Ultimately, it’s just another punishment to authors trying to get any type of visibility in Amazon’s crowded marketplace using legitimate marketing techniques. It’s an outrageous abuse by Amazon’s KDP program—stripping ranks, deleting reviews, jacking with but buttons, burying discoverability in favor for Select authors, and more!

This is a must read!

https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/new-year-old-problem-innocent-author-rank-stripped-for-third-time/ 

We need to make a lot of noise over this. We must put on pressure for viable change. Spread the word and let Amazon know how you feel.


Link of the Week – Opening Champagne with a Saber

December 28, 2017

Today, I give you a special edition Link of the Week. Not sure if you should try this at home or not. I’m thinking I just might try this. I have a champagne bottle that needs opening and a saber, so…

Another great post from The Art of Manliness—How to Open a Champagne Bottle with a Saber.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/12/22/open-champagne-bottle-saber/


Link of the Week – Facebook Algorithms

December 26, 2017

Seems the rat race is getting even tougher for authors and any other small business thanks to Facebook’s new algorithms. Unless you are paying for ads (which are increasing in cost at a regular rate), Facebook considers many engagement posts, such as anything that requests a click or like, to be spammy. The social media giant “punishes” those pages by allowing next to no one following the pages a chance to even see posts.

Read more about it on K-lytics.

http://k-lytics.com/facebook-news-feed-algorithms-affect-authors/


Link of the Week – Planning an Escape

December 12, 2017

Ok, guys. You know how much I love sharing blog posts from The Art of Manliness. Here’s a good one!

How to plan for an escape if you (or your hero) is a POW. Great research info!

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/11/30/plan-escape-prisoner-war-camp/


Link of the Week – The Grinch

October 24, 2017

We’ve all heard of the Dr. Suess classic How The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. But did you know there was Grinchy Halloween story, too?

For your viewing pleasure: Halloween is Grinch Night.

Enjoy!


Link of the Week – St. Elmo’s Fire

October 10, 2017

How about a fun little mix of science and history for this week’s link?  Here’s a post I wrote for History Undressed on St. Elmo’s Fire—the weather phenomenon, not the coming-of-age movie starring the Brat Pack. Check out why superstitious sailors not afraid of the hissing blue sparks shooting off masts.

http://www.historyundressed.com/2017/10/st-elmos-fire-phenomenon-at-sea.html