Barnes & Noble’s Dirty Little Secret: Author Solutions and Nook Press

C.J. Peter:

This just never ends. The drama of Author Solutions, the pond scum of publishing, continues. :-/

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

NookPressAuthorSolutionsNook Press – Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform – launched a selection of author services last October including editing, cover design, and (limited) print-on-demand.

Immediate speculation surrounded who exactly was providing these services, with many – including Nate Hoffelder, Passive Guy, and myself – speculating it could be Author Solutions. However, there was no proof.

Until now.

A source at Penguin Random House has provided me with a document which shows that Author Solutions is secretly operating Nook Press Author Services. The following screenshot is taken from the agreement between Barnes & Noble and writers using the service.


You will see that the postal address highlighted above for physical submission of manuscripts is “Nook Press Author Services, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, Indiana.”

Author Solutions, Bloomington, Indiana. Image courtesy of Wikimedia, uploaded by Vmenkov, CC BY-SA 3.0 Author Solutions, Bloomington, IN. Image from Wikimedia, by Vmenkov, CC BY-SA 3.0

There’s something else located at that address: Author Solutions US headquarters in Bloomington…

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deli dinner1. The picture to the right is how I do it up with a pastrami sandwich.

a. Toasted buttered Italian bread.

b. Deli Sliced Pastrami and Hot capicola

c. Gulden’s brown mustard

d. shredded deli provolone and Jarlsberg swiss cheese (don’t be stingy here)

e. Hand cut steak fries….deep fried crispy and tossed in a sea salt/cracked pepper and garlic powder mixture.

f. Ketchup for dipping, of course.

g. Complement  this with an IPA or in this case my go-to-standard, Sam Adams Boston lager.

h. I’m stuffed.

2. I’d talk about writing, but I did all of that earlier in the day and posted with the “mid bits”. So yeah. I guess I’ll say that I switched up the schedule and feel like I need to write some more, but am in a food coma at this point.

3. Driving was slow at the start, picked up in the middle and finished with me having to turn a couple rides down. Good night over all.

4. Every single time I hear the phrase “We are a nation of immigrants” I want to throw up in my mouth a little.

We are a nation of CITIZENS. To say otherwise demeans and diminishes us. -off that soapbox.

5. The Metro area caught a break from the non stop snowing over the last week.  It was cold out, but I saw the moon and stars for the first time in about a week.  Was a nice change.

Mid Bits


1. Up far too early, but sometimes you wake up and that is simply “it” for the sleep cycle. Betting I’m going to be napping at some point later.

2. Coffee is pretty much the greatest discovery in the history of the universe.

3. A man I met died yesterday. The internet has been full to the brim with memorial thoughts and articles, so I’m going to just say that a man that I met…on the USS Enterprise (CVN65) in 1982…passed away, and I feel as if I lost a distant relative.

RIP Leonard Nimoy.

4. Bear McCreary is one of the best soundtrack composers I’ve ever listened to.  Currently rolling with his Battlestar Galactica soundtracks as the musical muse for writing the last couple days.

5. Adding new tools to my Scrivener “toolbox”. Playing with metadata, outlining modes, project/document notes and highlighting options, as there are bits n’ bobs that I’m really wanting to keep track of, but haven’t been completely sure how to go about it.

To say that this application is “deep” is like mentioning that the ocean is slightly wet. :-)

6. Random observations while cat vacuuming:

a. Twitter scrolls too fast to be anything other than a point of reference for the current minute you are passing through.

b. Facebook is the most repetitious pile of useless crap ever…but it doesn’t scroll as fast. Sometimes slower isn’t better.

c. Google+ is a tech/nerd wet dream of social media. It also doesn’t scroll as fast, but I’d say about 60% of my feed’s content there is 100% cat vacuuming material. I have to keep the hell away from it when in writing breaks, because it can be a loooong stretch before coming up for air.

d. Thirdscribe (the author/reader platform that I forward posts to from here) is getting better. I still think it is still pretty “beta” in a  lot respects, but the tool set is nice, and the newest ‘beta’ of adding stories is pretty sweet. It uses wordpress as its engine, which is a bonus, as I don’t have to learn yet another blogging platform in order to deal with it. Yet more distractions.

7. Back to staring at my manuscript a bit. Actually I’ll be pressing keys and such as well, but when trying to determine the flow of a scene, ‘staring’ happens far more frequently than anyone would like to admit. At least there is no beating of one’s head against the wall going on. –knocking on wood. :-)

In which the author JA Konrath finally joins Kindle Worlds.

I’m too busy to get involved with stuff like this, but I don’t hate on it. I think the concept is awesome and fun.

At one point I contemplated doing something with Hugh Howey’s Wool, and was VERY tempted with Michael Bunker’s Pennsylvania Worlds entry, but…I’m building and wrestling with my own massive world-building experience. One 32 ounce porterhouse at a time is more than enough. :-)

Who knows?

Perhaps one day down down the road, I’ll put up the world of After The Burning as a Kindle World.

Anyway, click on the picture below to get all the nifty details, as well as Konrath’s take on what took him so long to take the plunge. This guy is always an interesting read…and an excellent author as well.

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South Amnikan City

A City in the Southron Wastes – After the Burning

1. Computer upgrading/tweaking completed. For now. Muhahaha!

2. Messed up weather weekend, and I still did fairly well. Great customers and patience, as driving around in this snowy crap was not my idea of a grand ol’ time.

3. Writing took a back burner to all the tech stuff the last few days. I DID do some outlining and wrote a little, but most of my focus was on not fuxoring up the computer system upgrade. It was needed. Getting back in the groove now.

4. A non-regular customer calls out of the blue needing a booze run. Turns out the person needs me to do the alcohol shopping because they just got out of the hospital for a seizure that put them in a coma for over a week. So not even ambulatory yet, they’re gonna pound down a case of cheap beer…and cigarettes. I’m not one to judge….in a free society I believe that one is allowed to “pick their poison”…but I’m still shaking my head a bit over that one. I should file that under “bought the Darwin Award lotto ticket”.

5. Finishing off the blog entry and then off to get some more writing done before bed. I keep chippin’ away. :-)

‘Twas the nightmare computer upgrade – a photo essay.

So I’ve been missing for the last couple days online (for the most part). This post will show in all the geeky-gory detail,  why.

Warning!!!! There will be tech and some geek-speak in this post, as well as quite a few photos.

First things first, I have always built my own computer systems. It has been cheaper and I prefer knowing the components that make up my gear. Stuff like this was my bread and butter for 20+ years, and even though I no longer do IT support/admin, I am a Linux-propeller-head geek and keep up with things…or so I thought, which leads to the “nightmare” part of the title of this post.  :-D

This upgrade started like every other I’ve ever done:

The new gear:


The rig before the upgrade:

The workhorse. Full tower. Thermaltake Kandalf

Then away we go:

New gear to the left and removing the old gear on the right.

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New gear plugged in on the left and first power test on the right.


Here we see that I have successfully put everything together and the system boots just fine.


Then disaster strikes. (Self inflicted disaster, but disaster nonetheless):


In this shot, we see the old gear jury-rigged on top of the new gear.

In all of my research, I missed the bits about new computer boards no longer having older EIDE hard drive connectors. It just didn’t dawn on me. So here we have me cloning a critical hard disk to a new drive. (By critical, I mean that unless I do this, my new gear will be excellent for anchoring boats…without a complete reinstall of the operating system, applications and hours of reconfiguring everything back to where I need things to be.)

And here we see the new gear with the “fixed” drive before power on tests.


AND THEN! This is where I discover that everything is still completely FUBAR, and have to set up the old gear again to re-re-clone said drive. Huge errors on the new disk meant that the new stuff was still boat anchor material.


Here we see everything back in place, with a good power up test.


Case finally closed after two days of futzing….and new gear purring along with 6 cores and 8gig ram. Relieved doesn’t begin to cover the feeling there. :-D11002397_10203965424511109_1678809928_o

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During that two day period, this was the way I felt, alternating between each state roughly every twenty minutes:

states of IT

How To Increase Piracy

C.J. Peter:

This post has been around for a bit…and still worth the read.

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

lets_get_digital_amazonI’m working on the 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital this month and I thought it might be fun to share some of the ideas I’m sketching out. The following excerpt is part of the chapter on piracy (about a third of it, if you’re counting).

There’s more details on Digital 2 (and other releases) at the end of this post, but let me open with a disclaimer: authors are entitled to take whatever approach they like to piracy. It’s their stuff.

That said, I’d like to see if I can convince some of you to approach the issue a little differently, because I think taking a hard-line approach can be counter-productive.

How To Increase Piracy

A common misconception in publishing is that Amazon has the exclusive right to sell Kindle-compatible e-books. For example, I was at the London Book Fair’s Great Debate in 2013 when author Robert Levine…

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