Most people are not strategic. They are reactive.
I’ll spare you the expense…and the stench…and summarize what you should be grateful for missing.
“It’s time to back off a bit on the arguments for self-publishing,” says author-activist Hugh Howey. “It’s over. We can coexist now.” And with that, one of the most prominent of the indie authors in self-publishing today calls on his followers to hold their fire. The most important points, Howey says, have been made and understood.
After nine years with the company, the affable director of author and publisher relations is moving on, his wry honesty echoing in the industry: “The good news is that today everybody can publish a book. The bad news is that today everybody an publish a book.”
Amid all the rightful congratulations to both Eoin Purcell and to Amazon Publishing for hiring him as editorial leader, we hear — or don’t — a troubling fact of corporate life: a fine commentator silenced.
While the intent of the “perfect e-bookstore” project was to spec out an answer to Amazon’s commercial dominance, one participant, Laura Dawson, notes that most readers are more than happy inside Seattle’s “walled garden.”
In the four years it took to create the phone, Bezos said the company asked itself only one question: “Can we build a better phone for our most engaged customers?”