Artificial Rankings

You may remember this from another story, where the author of "Handbook for Mortals" got caught, (or her publishing company got caught), pre-ordering thousands of copies of the book then cancelling them to boost the sales rank. Then getting swatted down after the community found out. I have nothing against ARCs, beta readers, and other… Continue reading Artificial Rankings

Before you ask me to join your business

Business Talk I get offers to join some LitRPG business or group and become a writer for them all of the time.  None of these have yet gone anywhere.  Let me break down some business talk for you so before you send me a request about joining your group, you can read through the following… Continue reading Before you ask me to join your business

How to Write Amazing Direct to Market Stories

The Gartner Hype cycle is one of those simple graphs that shows a lot of important information. The downside to the Gartner Hype Cycle is that while it has great ad hoc and post hoc explanatory power, it doesn't have great predictive power.  In other words, it's not scientific in any sense.  It's still a useful ad… Continue reading How to Write Amazing Direct to Market Stories

LitRPG problems again, when to ban

So there's more drama in the community, with the usual person, Aleron, being at the center of it. Aleron is known for hammer-banning, I posted this up in my review of the trademark case as a reason why people don't trust him.  Before reading the rest of this, go over that post to get the… Continue reading LitRPG problems again, when to ban

Amazon Kindle Unlimited: Fundamentally Broken

Update:  Quartz wrote a recent article that goes over how broken Amazon's service is.  Also, Publishers Weekly wrote an article where third-party resellers are able to buy book sales as the first thing consumers see.  Hat tip to Ultimate LitRPG for these updates.  He covers these developments and more in an article, which you should read.… Continue reading Amazon Kindle Unlimited: Fundamentally Broken