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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Self-publishing News


I’m having a few challenges with my blog, so I hope you’ll hang in there with me. You think you have everything under control and then life comes up and smacks you down.
I lost one of my Shiba’s this past week, my best friend for sixteen years. It’s an extremely difficult thing losing a family member as I’m sure many of you know. And Thursday my guest blogger didn’t show up.

I’m trying to get back in to a routine – so here’s the blog I should have posted Tuesday.  This is from ALLi. You can read it the full article at https://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-epub-and-you/
Not so long ago, we were waiting for Apple to smash through the ceiling to become the first $1Tn company. That may still happen, but there was a brief wobble as iPhone sales dropped from 78.2 to 77.3 million in the last quarter of 2017, though revenue of $88bn with an eye-watering $20bn profit is still pretty extraordinary. Amazon, meanwhile, on sales of $60bn, made a profit of “only” $1.9bn, though this was double their previous high and the first time they’ve broken through $1bn. I took home several messages from these figures (how very different the business models are, for example), but the main one for us as indies is salutory and it is this: we are a tiny tiny part of the pie for these behemoths, and when we start talking about flexing our muscle  when we don’t like changes, that’s what we need to remember. And talking of big moves and big numbers, Facebook‘s drive to reduce the time we spend there seems to be paying off, with a reported 2.14% drop in time spent on the site – which equates to 184 million daily US users, down from 185 million.

6 comments:

  1. I'm sorry about the loss of your furbaby. Those are sometimes the hardest losses.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa. You're right about the hardest losses.

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  2. I'm so sorry about your loss. Know you will always have your special friend in your heart. oxox vb

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    1. Thanks Vicki, and you're right. After sixteen years, she'll always be there.

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  3. i'M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I'm sure your loving memories will live on.

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    1. Thanks, Judy, I appreciate it. And the memories will always be there.

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