Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Linkee-poo is he, as you are he, and you are me, and we are all together

Short one, but don't want to go into next week with a backlog, and about to go do work I tried hard not to do.

Book selling success. The numbers are surprisingly low (including the payout). With he obligatory salute to self-publishing and the subsequent overstatement of their numbers (really, Barry Eisler, I now want a list of those "thousands of authors" that make a living form self-publishing). Also a nod to the "three and out" rule.

The FBI considered retweeting as endorsement. To be fair, most of mine are, but sometimes I do it from the point of, "can you believe this shit?". (grokked from Xeni Jardin)

The so-called war on police. Yea, not really. I love how there are police chiefs and politicians who state, "I've never seen relations so hostile…" What a load of BS. Let me channel the 70s here, "Listen, pig…"

"In the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, the mighty state of Texas was asleep… Out in the desolate flats of West Texas, the same wind was turning hundreds of wind turbines, producing tons of electricity at a time when comparatively little supply was needed… And then a very strange thing happened: The so-called spot price of electricity in Texas fell toward zero, hit zero, and then went negative for several hours." Wind power, it works (well that and come select strangeness in the Texas grid and power auction system, plus tax breaks). (Grokked from John Scalzi)

It's always amazing to me that for a party that so embraces the Constitution, they really don't understand the basic parts of that document, nor why it was drafted that way. In this case, Dr. Ben Carson says that being a Muslim would be inconsistent with being President of the United States because it wouldn't be consistent with the Constitution. Showing in one thought that you can love this country, and be against it's founding principles and be a smart person but also be incredibly ignorant. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

2 comments:

Barry Eisler said...

Hi John, it was a taped interview for radio, so no opportunity to offer links. And though I explained at some length to the interviewer, Lynn Neary, that I’m not an advocate for self-publishing but rather for choice in publishing, she decided to call me a self-publishing advocate anyway. The press…what can you do.

Anyway, usually when I hear something on the radio and am curious about the basis, I jump on the Internet and have a look. I’m not sure why you didn’t do the same—the data you say you want has been around for a while and is pretty easy to find. Here you go:

March 2012 — Authors of Kindle Singles Are Raking in Tens of Thousands of Dollars
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/authors-of-kindle-singles-are-raking-in-tens-of-thousands-of-dollars/254368/

April 2012 — More than 1000 KDP authors now each sell more than 1000 copies a month, some have already reached hundreds of thousands of sales, and two have already joined the Kindle Million Club
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/04/2012/kdp-was-my-one-shot-at-a-lifelong-dream/

January 2013 — 23 KDP authors each sold over 250,000 copies of their books in 2012, and over 500 KDP Select books have reached the top 100 Kindle best seller lists around the world
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/amazon-fourth-quarter-sales-up-22-to-21-27-billion/

December 2013 — Over 150 KDP Authors Each Sold More than 100,000 Thousand Books in 2013
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/12/2013/over-150-kdp-authors-each-sold-more-than-100000-thousand-books-in-2013/

April 2015 — Self-published author earning $450,000 a year
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaymcgregor/2015/04/17/mark-dawson-made-750000-from-self-published-amazon-books/

September 2015 — Non-traditionally-published books now make up nearly 60% of all Kindle ebooks purchased in the US, and take in 40% of all consumer dollars spent on those ebooks
http://authorearnings.com/report/september-2015-author-earnings-report/

I tried to find support for your contention that I overstated these numbers, but couldn’t. I never want to mislead anyone, of course, so if you could share whatever you’re basing your contention on, I’d be grateful.

Best,
Barry Eisler

Steve Buchheit said...

Hey Barry, my reply became too long to post as a comment, so I'm going to post it as it's own article on this blog.