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You are not J.A. Konrath (Neither am I)

You can’t swing a dead cat around a conversation of Self-Publishing and not hit a reference to J.A. Konrath. He is the poster-boy for success in Self-Publishing. Here’s some stories to get your all prepared for what will happen after you self-publish your first book:

Author JA Konrath Makes $100,000 In Three Weeks On Self-Pubbed Books

JA Konrath Kindle Sales: 30k Ebooks In 11 Months

JA Konrath Sells 276,112 Ebooks

If you’ve read any of his posts, you know that Konrath was already a published author before he went the self-published route. He had around 500,000 books in print before he uploaded his first book to Amazon. He’ll admit that he had a lot of advantages. He had an audience that was interested in finding more of his books. He was early to the game so he got a lot of free press (still does). On top of that, his “A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing” blog has a great name for Google searches and is one of the more popular blogs.

A piece of information that you may already know – You are not J.A. Konrath (neither am I). But that doesn’t mean there isn’t an upside to this fact. Read on to find out. Continue reading You are not J.A. Konrath (Neither am I)

FanFic

In the history of me, I’ve never read a word of a FanFic (fan fiction). I’ve made fun of it from time to time because it is an easy target but I’ve never partaken. Not fair of me, granted, but I’ve never claimed to be a saint. What brought this up was that I was on an author site (Jim Butcher) because I am reading one of this books. I came across this in the FAQ section:

Q. Will you look at my fanfic?
A. No. If Jim did, he’d have to recognize that it exists, legally, and take action against it.

Okay, so the inference is that FanFic is illegal but Butcher isn’t going to stop it. So I did some research. While FanFic’ers will decry the notion, the characters and situations in a book do seem to be protected under copyright laws. Regardless, authors seem to have the battered wife ability to pursue or not based on whim or fancy. An interesting note is that J.K. Rowlings lets most FanFic go unless it is pornographic in nature. I understand that. It makes sense. Continue reading FanFic