Yesterday was my two-year anniversary of blogging here on ShannonAThompson.com. For that reason, I would like to thank each and every one of you for liking, sharing, and commenting on my website as we move forward into the future. A special thanks goes out to my top five commenters – Charles Yallowitz, Mishka Jenkins, theowllady, Deby Fredericks, and Phoenix Rainez – and I hope the next year is just as amazing!
If you’re interested, here were my top three blog posts from this past last year:
I hope you enjoy the posts if you haven’t read them already!
Moving onto the future – many exciting things are happening this fall, so I wanted to share them today, and I hope you’ll help me share the news.
I am doing a meet and greet book signing in the Kansas City area on October 2 from 6 – 8 p.m. Here is a link to the event’s page on Facebook for more information. I know many of you are from around the world and cannot make it in person, but it would mean the world to me if you shared it with your friends and followers in case they are nearby me. I would love to meet everyone that I can! (Also free chocolate muffins and apple tea will be served.)
I would also like to take this moment to state that prices have now been added to my Services page. They are subject to change, but I hope you check those out. The Author Extension Community provides personal assistant services, including review requests and content editing, as well as social media help, such as Facebook event photos and assessment guidance.
In other news, my latest poem – Peeling Oranges – has been added to my interactive poetry series on Wattpad. Be sure to like, comment, and vote for your chance to be mentioned during my next YouTube video on my channel, Coffee & Cats.
My next two posts – Website Wonders and September Ketchup – will be closing up this month, but I just want to thank everyone for being so enlightening, encouraging, and energizing these past few weeks. I’m excited for what Autumn will bring, and I cannot wait to spend it with you all right here on ShannonAThompson.com.
Okay: I have three announcements before I begin today’s post:
First, I must clarify something about my last post. Some of my information about Scribd was incorrect but has since been corrected at the top of the page. I apologize for this mistake, and I will continue to work hard to bring relevant information to you all. In fact, I have subscribed to it as a reader, and I will review it in the near future. Thank you for understanding.
Second, I want to thank Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst for reviewing Minutes Before Sunset. “Once I read the first page I had a hard time putting it down. I found myself lost in the story and absolutely cannot wait to read the rest of the trilogy!” Check out what their favorite heartfelt moment was by clicking here.
“Independence Day may be Eric’s favorite holiday, but the author’s favorite holiday is New Years.”
So why is New Years my favorite holiday?
I love beginnings. The promise of a fresh start is uplifting. In fact, the first of the month is probably my favorite day of the month, and New Years is the ultimate first of the month. I like dreaming of the changes to come and finding ways to be proactive about what I want to accomplish.
So I thought I would share my resolutions with everyone today. Then, I realized that I don’t exactly have one. Instead, I have a promise.
I want to continue to work hard. I want to put more novels in your hands and articles on your computer screen. I want to continue to grow with you and learn from you. I want to continue with everything, and I will continue to be positive and embrace any changes that come. I will work hard, and I look forward to all kinds of surprises – whatever 2014 will bring. That is my promise to you guys.
In fact, I am currently working very hard on some things that I will hopefully be able to announce next year! The photo below might be me working on one of those things 😀
Thank you for believing in me and helping me as I continue to pursue my dream.
I am here to help you, too! Always remember that you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
For instance, if there is something you would like me to blog about in 2014, let me know, and I will credit your website when I post about it.
Since it’s the holidays, I’m also giving away free ebooks of Minutes Before Sunset in exchange for an honest review! Just send me an email 😀
Let’s continue to build a community. Happy New Years!
Below there is some information about Scribd that was incorrect, and I would like to clarify what those parts are:
Scribd is available on Android as well as Apple phones/tablets as well as computers
You can search the catalog of books by title or author without a subscription if you click on the search bar in the upper left corner of your screen next to the Scribd logo. It the the little magnifying glass icon–the third button
Thank you for understanding!
First, I want to share a fantastic website dedicated to books, book events, gadgets, and reviews. If you didn’t check it out during the cover reveal, The Novel List is definitely worth a read. The site is both interactive and informative, and today I am thanking The Novel List for reviewing Minutes Before Sunset.
Find out why The Novel List said, “Shannon A. Thompson was really inventive with the romance bit. I didn’t even think anything would happen until it did, and when it did my toes curled.” Check out the full review here.
As a an avid reader and working writer, I focus on changes in the industry, and I try to learn as much as I can about what is happening behind the closed doors of publishing houses and libraries. I may not be the most timely person, but I’d rather watch what happens to changes before I discuss them. Because of this, I am talking about Scribd and Osyter today – two reading programs that have been out for a couple of months now.
Scribd and Oyster are e-reading programs nicknamed “The Netflix for Books.” Oyster is $9.95 per month, while Scribd is $8.99 per month, and for these costs, you can read an unlimited number a books on your Apple device.
Because I want to be completely fair, I want to share what I like first:
Unlimited number of books for a small fee – this is great for the avid reader. (If you only have time to read one or two books a month, this probably won’t save you money.) From the reviews I can find, the app looks clean and easy to use. It has features that allow you to search for certain words or phrases. You can discuss what you’re reading or what you want to read. Your bookshelf can be public or private, allowing everyone to compare books and see if they would like something someone else is reading. (In this case, it sounded like a Goodreads or Shelfari on top of the app.) It builds a community, but I’m still not sure it’s a community I would want to be a part of.
This is what I don’t like:
Neither website allows you to search their bookshelf before joining it. This is important, because they don’t have every book available – according to this article, these apps are missing novels from four of the five major publishing houses (Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster.) And I take this sort of concealing as a HUGE red flag.
The app is only available for Apple run services – although they are hoping to get one out for Android soon. (I am an Android person myself, so this is a big deal to me.) On top of this, it seems these apps are only available in the U.S. They are hoping to expand, but there isn’t much clarification here.
As a writer, I could not find any information on how the authors get paid. The companies have only been vague, basically stating, “it varies from publisher to publisher.” They haven’t even mentioned the authors aside from encouraging Indie authors to join, which I don’t like considering how minuscule the information is. However, they have stated that they plan on releasing more information – along with everything else…eventually.
That being said, I think there are still benefits for authors.
These company programs can help newer authors build a broader audience. Even though the cost might seem like a risk, there are libraries, which is pretty much the same concept – just in a building. It will be interesting to see if these websites build audiences and how they affect the industry as they continue to grow and expand.
David Thompson said, “The publishers make all the money. The authors get screwed – a small percentage of the fee. I’ve seen the stock photo/illustration industry go down this path. 10 years ago artists often made 50% of the money. Today it is way below that – 25% on good sites and pennies on the dollar for the biggest sites.”
Rusty’s Reading said, “Not for me. I like owning the books so they are at my fingertips any time I choose to re-visit their story, it’s an attachment thing for me. Let’s not forget sales are authors bread and butter!”
Joe Harwell said, “It’s another step back for the income stream of authors.”
So what do you think? Do you have different opinions as a reader and/or writer?