According to the BBC self publishing is a wonderful phenomenon. Now we all know this already but it’s great that Aunty has finally caught up. “Total revenues of £3.34 billion were the highest ever recorded. Digital sales (ebooks and audiobooks) were up 66% to £411 million, while sales of physical books fell less than expected – by 1% to £2.9 billion.”
Way back sometime last year I wrote a post about being an Amazon best seller. My personal experience is that you don’t need huge numbers of book sales to achieve these lofty heights, particularly if you are in the ‘right’ category. Now GalleyCat are giving us a greater insight into how many copies make a Self Published Best Seller. Whilst the numbers the authors quote are large, they aren’t nearly as big as I’d expected them to be.
I have no idea if there is such a thing as Flash Poetry but I loved this poem from Bill Webb (a dedicated Friday Fictioneer). If it doesn’t count as Flash Poetry I don’t know what will: http://poemblog.voxpoetica.com/2013/04/28/tabby.aspx
Short Story and Writing Competitions
Each month I add a post about the short story and writing competitions coming up. You can find them all listed on the Writing Competitions Page. There is also a handy spread sheet to download. It lists all the ones I’ve added since I started the blog posts.
Hysteria 2013 has now launched. It’s a short story competition for women only, writing in English and from any nationality. You can find out more about it on the Hysterectomy Association Website.
To celebrate the launch of Hysteria 2013 Hysteria 1, the anthology of the 2012 winning stories and poetry is now FREE on Amazon for the next few days. Why not grab a copy and find out what was considered a winner by our panel of judges.
Thursday Thronger’s New Books
I know of two Thursday Thronger’s who have new books out:
- Lazuli Portals have recently released House of the Stormwind, a fab collection of short stories in the vein of Tales of the Unexpected.
- Michael Cargill has released Bits of Cargill, a selection of his hilarious blog posts – you have to check out the Justin Bieber’s Diaries.
If you are a past Thursday Thronger and have a new book out, let me know and I’ll pop it in the Thursday Thronger’s New Book section of Linda’s Writerly Tidbits.
Writing Dates for Your Diary:
22nd June is National Flash Fiction Day, so get those pen’s out and start composing.
Giveaway’s Still Open – if you have in mind a little light reading but don’t know what to get, why not try one of the giveaways still available from current Thursday Thronger’s.
Events Coming Up for Linda:
If you’d like to get together, then you can find me at the following events:
- 4th June, Sturminster Newton, Dorset – Social Media: What’s all the fuss about?