The latest from Marielle! Click the painting to visit her website and check out the YouTube video showing her process for this painting.
Visit Books or Books on Sunset and Pecos to see the books of local author Sean Hoade. I found this collection of stories (pictured below) at the bookstore. I like this cover!
Visit Sean's Website HERE.
The news from a detailed report on sales at Amazon shows that indie authors are taking market share from traditional published authors in a BIG way.
Read that report HERE
Best Selling indie author Russell Blake offers his insight on this article - check that out here.
I have a slightly different take from the news that indies are taking share from trad publishers.
First - this isn't a surprise to me. Just like the music industry, The Big 5 publishers are stuck in the past with an out-dated system of producing, distributing, and selling books. The entire industry got slapped on the head by Amazon and Kindle/e-books and it hasn't recovered or really done anything to show it knows how to deal with the new reality.
Second - this demonstrates what I've been saying for a long time. If you are a writer trying to make a decision on whether to indie/trad publish, you better realize one HUGE fact- going the traditional method is akin to buying a lottery ticket. An increasing few authors dominate the traditional sales channels and said companies put the marketing dollars behind a very, VERY few authors represented. For the vast majority of traditionally published titles, an author will receive next to zero marketing help from the publisher. Add to that a bad contract, being locked into expensive e-book pricing, and other factors - it leads one to this conclusion
GO INDIE YOUNG WRITER.
Control your own destiny. Don't be locked in with companies that are tied to the past and that fight the future. These companies fought for the right to increase e-book prices (and won) - and hence are taking a sledgehammer to their own sales. Almost on purpose it seems. As if tanking e-book sales will stop the future.
Read it here- the trad publishers are dying a slow death. Their refusal to adapt or die will lead to being bankrupt.
It's a simple math equation. Most writers won't sell enough to ever earn money at a trad publisher. And their model doesn't care about you or your book. However, if you indie publish - even a modest amount of sales can be a meaningful source of income to a writer.
My example is this - I've yet to sell 1k copies of the Ella paperback. To a traditional publisher - they would label this a failure. Not only that - I would have made next to NOTHING in a trad contract on such sales.
However, as an indie publisher - I can tell you that I've reaped a very real and meaningful amount of money from these 'meager' sales. Considering that most authors will achieve modest sales numbers and how terribly trad publishers are handling the future (e-books) - it makes it a slam dunk for young writers to choose indie.
From Las Vegas,
Stephen John Moran
The new merchandise is here and it's pretty cool having my own Ella Branded pen and stationary. This will allow me to take the 'Story for a Dollar' idea to another level. To those that are interested, I'll be able to hand-write an original serial Ella installment on Ella stationary - and mail it to a US location of your choosing. There will be a small up-charge for international locations.
I'm still waiting on the mugs. The graphics I uploaded still do not fit in a way I like on the mugs at Vista Print or a few other websites I've tried. I will keep at it.
Those of you playing at home - let me know if you're interested in a pen or stationary.
And for those interested in Story for a Dollar - getting a hand-written version on branded stationary is now an option!
For book lovers everywhere - this is a day to show your support for local independent bookstores to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. Visit your local shop and buy some books to support local businesses. Keep your money local!
In #Vegas - that means visiting my favorite story - Books or Books on Sunset and Pecos. This is a great book shop with lots of books to peruse at decent prices. Also, this store has frequent author events for local writers - so you get to meet the people that write the books!! How can you go wrong with that?
I see so many people on social media bemoaning 'how things used to be' and the 'things we lost from when I was a kid' - well, this is ONE area you can do something about. Buy a few less books on Amazon and support a local indie bookstore near you. That's right -
Get off the couch and go visit a bookstore today!
I'll be visiting Books or Books today. How about you? Will you support a local independent bookstore near you?
From Las Vegas
Stephen John Moran
Stephen Moran lives in Las Vegas with his beautiful wife, baby Kiana, and two dogs.