Great Links for Today

Trying something different, for me at least. Maybe others do this; I don’t know. Anyway, this is a melange of things that I noted today, that are  from the last couple days.

A little humor from Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog, which starts out like this (click the hyperlink to get the rest of this funny piece):

The Lone Ranger and Tonto were camping in the wilderness.

After they got their tent set up, both men fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says,”‘Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see?”

The Lone Ranger replies, “I see millions of stars.”

“What that tell you?” asked Tonto.

On a more serious note, for those of you who are authors, you may have heard about Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited royalties based on pages read. As many have railed against this, there are some who have taken the time to debunk the misinformation that lead to great author angst. Most importantly, it applies only to Kindle books in KDP Select–participating in Kindle Unlimited’s borrow program. The borrow program enables readers to borrow, rather than buy, Kindle books. Subscribers pay a monthly fee for this privilege. From a pool that fee generates, Amazon provides a royalty to authors. The new policy will determine the amount paid to an author based on the number of pages actually read from books borrowed. Setting aside any privacy concerns that readers may have (they agree to the terms of service) this rewards authors whose books hold a reader’s interest. The policy has nothing to do with royalties for books sold, not borrowed. Whatever royalty the author gets is set at the outset as a percentage of the book’s price per the agreement with Amazon. To read more about this, see Chris McMullin’s detailed piece:  Myths about the new Kindle Unlimited Pages Read Policy.

Finally, no remarkable revelations, but some useful reminder tips on what to do when you can’t think of blog topics (happens to me frequently on this site; not so much on my writing site) from A. Piper Burgi can be found here. Here’s a sample; for the rest, try the link.

“- Who has influenced your writing? You could turn this into a collection of quotes from a particular author. You could also contact the author, and ask for an interview.

– What is happening in the publishing industry that interests you?

– Do you have any ideas for promoting books?

– Tell your readers about some of the places you have been. Have you been somewhere interesting recently? Don’t forget to include some photos. I still have to work on one of those posts myself.  =)

– How do you create the characters in your book? Perhaps you could write about where your ideas come from. Are your characters based on people you have met?”