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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amazon Buys .book for 10 Million






Just found out that Amazon bought the rights to the .book domain name for 10,000,000. 

I have been waiting, and hoping, for those domains to be released so I could secure rebeccataylor.book (since rebeccataylor.com is owned by the highly famous, and expensive, fashion designer, Rebecca Taylor--no relation. (Or discounts on her beautiful clothes!)

Who knows what Amazon will do with the domain. Keep it for their own exclusive use? Sell it to individuals like me? They haven't yet said and my guesses would be mere speculation.

But I have a feeling, if they do release it for the public to buy, it's going to cost me more than Network Solutions was going to charge me.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Is Maintaining Your Publishing Virginity Important?


Reading the YA review section of last weeks Publishers Weekly (11/3/2014) I was struck by how many times I read "debut author" or the equivalent. So I went back and counted and 6 of the 11 reviews are for debut authors (1 additional was listed as a "YA debut" since the author has written adult novels. Side note: this sounds like marketing fishery to me--something along the lines of me trying to reclaim my virginity on Match.com despite having already delivered two kids)

Anyway, It has me now thinking about if there is some marketing advantage of being a publishing virgin. Also, I'm now curious about the statistics and staying power of all these "debut" authors. Like:

  • What percentage of debut YA authors go on to publish a second book?
  • And then a 3-25 more books?
  • What percentage of newly published YA books are by these debuts? 
  • What is the marketing/psychological importance of being a "debut author" as opposed to say a "not debut" author?    
  • What, in general, do the publisher acquisition table conversations sound like for these debuts?  Is everyone more excited about a "new author" as opposed to a "used" author?
  • Is there some secret advantage? 
Why are we so enamored with firsts?