The current blog entry, titled "Kudzu and Kindle," explains:
' There's a plant known as kudzu, which is widely hated in the south because it takes over cropland. It grows fast, and uses runners to spread. Kudzu can quickly saturate an entire field. One patch becomes two patches, then four patches, then sixteen patches, and pretty soon it's everywhere you look.There have been a number of success stories though the weed-like aspect threw me, including (of the ones I've run across) one writer whose Kindle book was doing very well, partially with the help of some exposure at the three most-attended Kindle community forums, and he subsequently was signed with Simon and Schuster, an end obviously helped by the attention his Kindle book was getting at Amazon.
I'm noticing a similar phenomenon with writing in general, and ebooks in particular. '
Here's a far more detailed story of how a very proactive Morrison marketed his books (and himself, an important factor) to build on his writing and some great blurbs from bestselling authors (whom he'd met years ago at a writer's conference) for books that had received rejection slips.
In the Q&A session quoted, he mentions and links to the Kindle forums in which he received very positive responses and gives tips on how not to overmarket ('spam') the forums since that would only irritate the assembled who will associate some bad things with the titles of one's novels :-)
As his writer friend, Susan Tunis, describes at her blog, he took his rejection slips in stride and just started working on a new story. But he was
' a pretty savvy guy... He didn't just offer them for sale, he joined several online Kindle user's sites and made contact with potential readers... Before he knew what was happening, unknown, unpublished author Boyd Morrison was climbing the Kindle bestseller charts. His agent thought it might be time to shop The Ark again.Obviously, some very effective writing was at the heart of the success but the Kindle provided the opportunity.
Suddenly the New York houses were a lot more receptive. And Boyd may well have made history. He may be the first author to turn Kindle success into a major publishing contract! Boyd has a two-book deal with Simon and Schuster and The Ark has also been sold in seven foreign markets! You'll see the hardback release of The Ark on store shelves next summer... '
The Kindle book A Scattered Life, by Karen McQuestion, was recently optioned for a film - announced by the author in the Kindle forums. It's been quite popular and has 25 customer reviews, with an average of 4-1/2 stars, and is #2 under 'Family Relationships.'
Jan Curran, writing of her new life in what's termed an "active senior living facility," has had an enthusiastic response from Kindle readers on the forums, and her book, Active Senior Living, currently has 14 customer reviews, and an average rating of 5 stars out of 5.
The level of success varies of course but it's at least easier to find an audience now and actually be read -- and be paid for it.
Joe Konrath ends today's advice on his blog with:
' I used to be known as the guy who wrote nine unpublished novels and got over five hundred rejections before landing a book deal.
Now I'm known as the guy who pays his mortgage selling books on Kindle that NY rejected.
Be the kudzu. Join the revolution before everyone else figures this out and it's harder to get noticed. '
AND FROM A KINDLE READER'S POINT OF VIEW
I noticed the following comment under JA Konrath's blog post on "Kudzu and Kindle" and remembered that I see this change of heart on almost a daily basis as I wander the news columns and comment areas. It usually comes from writers, those for whom words are Life, but who love traditional books and have resisted the Kindle.
' I just received a kindle for my birthday, and I had a very negative view of the thing. Now that I'm using it, I LOVE it. I can see more and more people moving in this direction. 'Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
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