The framework of publishing has shifted once again.
The chasm that once existed between the author and reader has been closing, bringing the two closer year after year. microcerpt [sic] has is the newest bridge to cross the chasm:
Independent (indie) authors find better ways to engage and expand their readership with microcerpt’s new subscription based eReader. The site today announced this enhanced functionality, that opens the door to extended creative and literary freedom for authors. Authors are now in full control as they can set the market price on their own customized package that can include just about anything they’d like, such as private book club memberships, eBook access, newsletter delivery, and opportunities for direct reader-author contact.
As reported by PRWeb:
microcerpt Pro authors enjoy the following perks, among many others:
- One year of prominent advertising throughout the microcerpt site.
- All excerpts are formatted and submitted for the author including custom artwork.
- The building, design and hosting of an author’s digital bookshelf equipped with microcerpt’s eReader technology.
- Author controls to create and maintain an exclusive community for fans.
- eBook subscription packages at an author-specified price. eBook format conversions included.
- Additional exposure on microcerpt’s social networks as well as valuable placement within the microcerpt Showcase.
The site is making notable progress in this regard. The platform’s novelty—a first-of-a-kind network of writing samples called microcerpts—is in line with its author-centric, unconventional approach. For example, talented yet undiscovered writers enjoy equal footing with better-known writers, as they can present their writing samples and earn clout solely on the basis of content quality.
See these links for further information:
I wonder what technological enterprises are coming our way. It’s not hard to imagine author readings with readers around the proverbial campfire, giving authors the chance to see their readers’ reactions to their work; much as Shakespeare observed his audience while the story was told.
The framework of publishing is changing rapidly. Are you ready to jump in? Tell me what you think in the comments below.
As reported by Wired, you can now see full length movies thanks to a subreddit all in gif format. See this link.
Metadata is data about data. Metadata describes how and when and by whom a particular set of data was collected, and how the data is formatted. Metadata is essential for understanding information stored in data warehouses and has become increasingly important in XML-based Web applications
Of course, the challenge of metadata if far more complex than that. There are best practices and “ONIX metadata” as well as certification programs. There is the matter of the “BISG Revised Best Practices”. Yeah, me neither. But if you truly want to learn more about this, there is a course offered by Digital Book World
An article, which strives to bring metadata in a better light, was published on Digital Book World’s site in an interview with Renee Register. She brings a better understanding of the practices to all of us.
Digital Book World has all manner of Best Practices for MetaData on a continuing basis taught by Renee Register, who has more than 20 years of experience. They also have a phone number for questions. Travel to their homesite and hit Customer Service to find out what upcoming class best fits with your schedule.
The tome of all tomes is the Metadata handbook. This finely detailed handbook is what you want if you would like to certify in the field. And an extensive collection of references and best practices.
Whether you know it or not, you create metadata each time you use your smartphone or log into your computer or tablet.. And this is how Google pulls up information so quickly. There will be a metadata trail created when I publish this article and when you share it. (Thank you; p)
However, it is the experienced use of metadata that will bring it to the eyes of your potential readers and impact your sales.In this way, it is similar to SEO. Imagine writing a book and no one seeing it. That is how important metadata is for you and your sales.
Metadata is all over my current book; not only as I create and research it but is part of the inciting incident. This was handily mirrored by certain organizations in the news recently and the cause of our President either answering or confusing the matter.
Either way you look at it, it’s all around us. Yes, “like the matrix”…;).
If you don’t have the money or time for a class,NISO.org offers a pdf on Metadata. It arises about the same time as ISBN’s in finding books through retailers and the library system. I think DublinCore is the best place to find out all initiatives in the matter.
If you wish to learn the basics of metadata, a terrific article came out on Freelance Switch, a site all freelancers will be familiar with, “Choosing Keywords and Categories for Your Kindle eBook” by David Masters. A good start to understanding what is to be an intricate subject for all people in the self-publishing field.
Smashwords has progressed from a publisher to a retailer. Read the interview with Mark Coker here.
Also, SpritAuthors comes in with a great article about making sure your book lands in the right categories in Amazon, which you can find here. I recommend you look at all areas of the site.
What are your experiences with metadata and how have you implemented it into your e-book? What have you learned about it? Please leave a comment below and share with others.
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