Hoping Lambda Sees That Newsweek Mag Goes Digital

Earlier this week I posted about the fact that the LLF still doesn’t accept digital submissions from authors for the Lambda Awards. There are links in that post where I’ve posted even more in the past on this topic.

Not only is it costly for authors to submit copies of print books these days, but most authors have a large digital readership that’s building constantly.

So this is why I’m hoping the folks at the LLF who are in charge of the Lambda Awards read this article about Newsweek Magazine going completely digital in a few months. I’ve been predicting this sort of thing for the past five years at least. I also think all magazines will follow Newsweek’s path eventually.

So why is it taking so long in book publishing?

Newsweek is ending its print edition and transitioning to an all-digital format by the end of 2012, editor Tina Brown announced on Thursday.

The magazine has been in print since 1933. That will end after its Dec. 31 issue. The shuttering of the print edition will inevitably seen as a harbinger of things to come for the wider industry.

The all-digital tablet edition will be called Newsweek Global. it will launch in early 2013 and require a paid subscription.

Thank You Amazon…

I just saw a blog post thanking a brick and mortar bookshop, which was clearly meant to promote the bookshop, on a publishing blog. It’s a sneaky little thing I’ve seen alleged publishing professionals do, letting readers know in a subtle way they don’t like or care for digital publishing. Trust me, you never see them promote Amazon, Kobo, or any other form of digital publishing.

So I decided to say my own small thank you to Amazon. They don’t need my help with promotion, but I’m doing it anyway. Last I checked, a good deal of my own sales come from Amazon, so I’m more than qualified to thank them.

I posted earlier about a friend who is re-releasing his novel, which is LGBT fiction set in the year 1961. The title is “Camping in the Backyard Going Forward.” The author is Anthony Zatti. And he’s doing this on Amazon, as a trial promotion with free books.

He’s doing this as a free Kindle download on Amazon for a limited time, and from what I’m hearing the free downloads have been flying off the cyber shelf. Like I said, it’s free, so check it out. And, when the promo is over, the digital price is only $2.79.

No author would ever have been able to do this at a brick and mortar bookshop. And I find it amazing and spectacular to see that authors are now capable of doing this on Amazon. But more than that, it’s also amazing that readers now have options to read for entertainment they never had in the past. And that we don’t have to depend on the questionable taste of a handful of people what goes on our reading lists.

The Rejecter’s Links to Some Interesting Insights on E-Books

I’ve been reading The Rejecter’s blog for a long time now. I’m not usually a fan of anonymous blogs, especially anonymous literary agent blogs, but I think her posts are helpful to readers and writers.

This week she published a short post about e-books that I loved. The post provides some great links to help understand the controversy that continues to surround e-books.

On a smaller level, I’ve been affected as a writer. There are books I’m in, where I contributed short stories, that have been released in digital form and I never knew they would be released in digital form (I recently contacted an anthology editor and he didn’t even know his books had been released in digital form until I sent him links to amazon…lol). When I signed the contracts, before digital publishing became an option, I was paid a flat rate to be in print books. And now I’ll never see royalties from these newly released e-books. But I did sign non-exclusive contracts, and I still own the copyrights to my own work, so I’m not totally screwed. It might even help. So I’m not complaining; it’s all good.

But I am re-thinking where, and to whom, I submit my work from now on. And I’ll be reading the contracts in detail, to see if they pay royalties on e-books.

Here’s the link to The Rejecter: http://rejecter.blogspot.com/2009/12/vacation-and-oh-yeah-industrys.html

Elisa Rolle’s Rainbow Awards…

Now that The Rainbow Awards are over and the winners have been announced. I wanted to write a blog post thanking Elisa Rolle, and everyone else who was involved, for making this event possible. This includes the authors and publishers who contributed and entered their work.

For me, The Rainbow Awards were significant for many reasons. And one reason is because these awards had no stipulations. If you wrote or published an LGBT book, you were included in the process. Another reason is that digital books were included. Digital books are the future, and it was refreshing to see them included in this event.

Without the Internet, this wouldn’t have been possible for authors or readers. Without people like Elisa Rolle and everyone who contributed their time and energy, this wouldn’t have been possible. And most of all, without the dedicated readers this wouldn’t have been possible.

I’m looking forward to next year’s Rainbow Awards already. And I’ll offer all the support I can to help make this an annual event.

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