In most blog tours, a single author appears on a variety of blogs, moving around the Internet and allowing the readers of those blogs get to know the author.

In the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, the authors stay on their blogs and it's you, the reader, who takes the tour.

Each month, our participating authors from around the world agree to blog on a single topic throughout the month. By following the links in each month's post, you'll discover a whole bunch of new authors in a variety of genres, levels of experience, and styles of writing.

We hope you enjoy the trip and come back each month for a new spin around the globe.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The State of the Industry

When I saw this topic at the beginning of the year I was sure I'd know exactly what to write. However, now that it's time to write it I find myself overwhelmed. The state of the industry is in such flux that it would be impossible to cover everything in one blog entry.
We've gone from the big six to the big five, and now there are talks of two more of the big publishers merging, which means we could be down to the big four soon. Read more HERE...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The State of the Industry- Mood Shoppers

I must admit I know very little about industry. It has always been something that is far away, out of reach or out of “I want this” obsession.

When I think of industry, the very old dilemma rises up in my heart that drove even Koontz to write his book – genres. Around Estonia, genre writing is a combination of hidden tactics. Unless it categorizes under youth, fiction, art or music, there really isn’t anything to follow. Finding something using genre search is difficult and anyone going for romance can end up with science fiction with a bit of it instead of the obvious book shelf that sits under the big sign “romances”. It is often criticized as something to avoid, writing under one genre.

I would like to disagree.
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The state of the industry

Okay, we all know the publishing industry has been going through drastic changes these last few years. When I first started publishing on line in 1998, people were shocked to learn there were even places you could find stories to read on the computer. Never mind ebook readers and the entire change they've brought about a few years later. We are in a whole new world for publishers, authors and readers.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The State of the Art

So, this month's Merry-Go-Round blog tour subject is on the state of the publishing industry. When I started to think about what one struggling writer could possibly contribute to this conversation, given how many industry blogs and articles are out there in the world, I started to think about one of my favorite musicals: Sunday in the Park with George.

There's a song in the second act where George, the great-grandson of George Seurat (the pointillist) is trying to sell his newest artistic production and he sings a song called "Putting it Together." Some of the lyrics include:

Art isn't easy.
Every minor detail
Is a major decision,
Have to keep things in scale,
Have to hold to your vision-
Every time I start to feel defensive,
I remember lasers are expensive.
What's a little cocktail conversation 
If it gets the funds for your foundation,
Leading to a prominent commission,
And an exhibition in addition?
(Continue reading "The State of the Art" on Once in a Blue Muse)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I am not the person to ask about the state of the publishing industry.

I was going to try to pretend I am. Post some pointers to good websites, summarize my opinions, and so forth. But I would be faking it if I did. The truth is, I pay very little attention to the state of the industry.

read the rest at Cowgirl in New England.