Five on Friday: Mixed Bag with a Side of Vampires

Posted on 30 June 2012 by Claire Ryan

Bit late with this post because of a mild sinus infection. Here’s your required reading for the week:

DigitalBookWorld reports that the trial over the major publishers colluding to keep ebook prices high now has a date: June 3, 2013.

Ursula K. LeGuin on literature versus genre, and the uselessness of the distinction.

Mike Masnick on the ‘scoop’ of online media in how websites attract attention and readers.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch on critiques and chasing perfection.

Support indie authors!

It’s actually sometimes rather hard to find authors for the Five on Friday post, but I can’t help feeling it’s a bit of a test to see if they notice that I’m talking about them and their books. Today’s possibly oblivious subject is Kristin King, whose new paranormal romance, Cain’s Coven, has just been released on Smashwords. It looks interesting in a more ‘grown-up Twilight’ kind of way – maybe a little more telling than showing, but definitely potential there.

  • Cover? – well-formatted, interesting, and works at scale. Can’t ask for much more than that.
  • Blurb? – I’m a sucker for poetry. Great hook there.
  • Social media? – all I can find is one single Facebook page and an inaccessible Linkedin profile. Some work needed here, but at least FB is up to date.
  • Web design? – no site at all! For shame!

Like many authors, some room for improvement and some things done well. Have a good weekend everyone!

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