Monday, September 16, 2013

Soapbox Archives


Bullies and Whiners: Which are you   By OFW member: Kristina Kennedy    Publish Date: September 11, 2013

For years the distribution of books has been controlled by a small few, six to be exact. This small few put out what they wanted, controlling what readers had access to. Amazon has been a major factor in distributing books published both by traditional and self-publishers to a wider audience. Big Six benefited from Amazon’s “go big or go home” business model ...more

"Twilight" Took Talent   By OFW member: Kate Quinn    Publish Date: September 04, 2013

Guest editor Kate Quinn shares a unique perspective on Stephenie Meyer's achievements.

"Yes, Twi-haters, Stephenie Meyer has talent. So does Jackie Collins. So does James Patterson, and Harold Robbins, and all those writers who pump out terrible sex-and-shopping paperbacks with Fabio and a wind machine on the cover. Having talent is very different, you see, from being a good writer."...more

Fahrenheit 414: The Temperature at Which Plastic Melts   By OFW member: Katrina Monroe    Publish Date: August 28, 2013

“Buy E-books Here,” reads a sign outside a local book exchange. I go inside, looking for a good deal on an older novel, to find that the wall, where used-books were shelved is now home to a desk and a computer 

The Writer's Code of Silence   By OFW member: Kristina Kennedy    Publish Date: August 21, 2013

As authors we must learn to take criticism much like a linebacker absorbs the impact of a 300 pound opponent. We suck it up. This is a professional and healthy attitude for authors to maintain. While it is senseless to reply to negative reviews or to rip into a reader who just didn’t like our book, it is quite another to mildly accept reviews that are nothing more than an attack. 

Traditional Publishing vs. The Ignoble New Ways, or This is Sparta!   By OFW member: Veronica Sicoe    Publish Date: August 07, 2013

The endless, ever-present disputes—whether traditional publishing will brave the twenty first century or go down in smoke and yield to the emerging alternative forms of publishing—have stirred a lot of mud in the already precarious waters of the writing world  ...more