Bernadette De Courcey
Congratulations to our Short Story Award winners. It will be exciting to see these refreshingly original stories in print soon.
This issue I would like to talk a little bit about e-publishing. A lot of people are interested in this increasingly popular avenue for authors. According to authorearnings.com, June of last year was the turning point as “indie-published authors as a cohort began taking home the lion’s share (40%) of all ebook author earnings generated on Amazon.com, while authors published by all of the Big Five publishers combined, slipped into second place at 35%.”
It is an extremely difficult task to track all of on-line sales of e-books because a lot of manuscripts are sold without ISBN numbers and only the main sellers (Amazon, Apple, Google, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo) really provide accurate numbers. Therefore, it is possible that e-books are accounting for even more of the sales.
Recently, we here at the Roundtable ventured into the e-book realm to release our book titled “Let it Snow”. It was such a simple process that it only took us a couple of months and there it was available for purchase on Amazon.com. Amazing really when you think of how much time is consumed trying to get your work accepted by an agent and then hopefully accepted by a publishing house, and we all know how “easy – not” that is.
The most successful in the e-book realm are women. Yes, women are the number one sellers due to the fact that they are the ones penning the romance genre which is the most popular genre purchased as an e-book. Now we can’t all be Bella Andre who has earned millions selling over 3.5 million books worldwide since 2013, but obviously she is a perfect example of an author who has successfully earned a living without the machine of a publishing house.
To sum it up, it appears that we are at that moment in time when the scales are tipping firmly in favor of the e-publishing realm and if we aren’t on the right side of that scale- we may find ourselves left behind. And we don’t want that to happen now do we?
In this week’s issue we have an intriguing interview with New York Times bestseller crime and mystery author Hallie Ephron; three short stories centered on the theme that “family matters” by three authors that definitely matter; Teresa Rose Ezell, Michael J. Moran and Sara Etgen-Bake, and one poem by poet Polly McCann. And as usual we have our Betty providing the latest writing tips. Happy reading!
A. Katherine Black has moved cross-country several times with her military husband, their kids, and their cats. She currently works as an Educational Audiologist in Maryland. A. Katherine started writing a couple of years ago, and now notebooks and multi-colored pens are stashed all over the house. She finds writing as essential to daily life as her morning cup of coffee. Her fiction can also be found at 365tomorrows.com, and some of her musings at flywithpigs.com.
Games to Play on a Rainy Saturday with a Cup of Coffee and your Favorite People
A. Katherine Black
2. Pounce. It creates a symphonic mix of giggles, smack talk, and cards slapping the table. It may also leave the occasional bruise.
3. Monopoly. When you define yourself simply as a shoe or a car or a battleship, and you leave your fate to a shake of the dice, life seems to come into focus for an hour or two. Or three. Or four.
4. Puerto Rico. Where everyone gets to be Governor and can fill ships with coffee and sugar.
5. Bananagram. A pleasing blend of tetris and scrabble, this game could make a wordie obsessive.
6. Scrabble. The only place where the words Qi, Qat, Za and Zee make sense.
7. Railbarron. Who wouldn’t want to own Miami and call themselves Superchief?
8. Euchre. Best played with old friends. And spiked coffee.
9. Wordsmith. A wonderful way to spend quality time with a best friend who lives on the other side of the country.
10. Cribbage. There’s something inexplicably satisfying about counting fifteens.
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