The Future of Publishing: Lessons from the Music Industry

Something writers should know

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: the Economist

I often argue that we can learn a lot from the music industry. Namely, I see it as an indicator as to what to expect in a few years’ time.

That’s why I was intrigued by a recent article in the Economist, detailing the state of today’s music.

CDs vs Digital

Once upon a time, record-industry executives could all but weigh their profits on scales. Literally: each pallet of compact discs (CDs) they sold translated into predictable quantities of cash for them and, second, for singers and songwriters.

In 1999, the year the music-sharing service Napster was founded, wholesale revenues in the industry peaked at $23.7 billion. Then they began a slide that has since continued almost without interruption.

Until now.Growth in the digital streaming of music helped industry revenues to expand by 3.2%, to $15 billion, last year. That was

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Suspense and Love Hidden behind secrets

Love’s Child
By Lizzie Chantree

This book is an intricate romantic suspense story filled with twists and turns that pop up unexpectedly. The characters are well-developed, such as Jemima Trent who wants a baby for all the wrong reasons and will go to any length to achieve her goal. The author deftly draws both sympathy and disgust for this character, as well as her husband, Lucas, who appears to be the aggrieved husband.

Author Chantree introduces the highly likable David Love and his pregnant girlfriend, Lily, who are running a warehouse of reformed,
delinquent teenagers. Together, they give the young people love, support and a foothold toward a normal life. But there’s a secret they keep that Dr. Cole, an ambitious scientist and gynecologist, working for a malignant boss, will unravel at any cost.

This is a good read with an unexpected ending. There’s a lot of narrative in the beginning which slows the story.Showing rather than telling
would further enhance this story and improve the pacing. That said, this is a recommended, enjoyable book.

Micki Peluso

Telly’s Saturday Night Fever

I think perchance a few have had way too much Foo!!

Siân Glírdan

Yeah, OK – so I missed the deadline yesterday, but things were gettin’ rather tense ’round here as we’re nearly ready to do the official launch of A Freebooter’s Fantasy Almanac, which is happenin’ next Saturday as Siân goes off on her first blog tour!
Anyhoo… I got muscled into helpin’ out with some of the blog posts until late yesterday, which is why I didn’t get here in time. Today’s been kind of hectic too, so in the circs I’m goofing off a little and using something that didn’t make it into the blog posts, but has some pretty good things in it! 😉

So here, for your delectation is a little skit me an’ Jano did for a karaoke party for our friend Miah in Minas Tirith one time, when Jano was doin’ an impersonation of Janus Droplin and I was Telvis Parsley… enjoy!

“Go on big guy – I dare you!”


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Deadshot Mary: a 1930s Undercover Cop Superstar

This is just too great to miss!!

Nicholas C. Rossis

A couple of days ago, I mentioned one of the greatest fences of all times, Marl Madelbaum. Today I’ll introduce you to a counterpart of hers, “Deadshot” Mary Shanley, an early 20th century undercover supercop. Hadley Meares of Atlas Obscura has unearthed the story of this fascinating woman.

Women’s beats

“Deadshot” Mary Shanley | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Mary Shanley, 1937. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-USZ62-134714)

“Deadshot” Mary Shanley was born in Ireland in 1896. Her family immigrated to America, and in 1931, Mary joined the NYPD. This was an unusual step for a woman of her time, though not unheard of.

During the first half of the 20th century, policewomen in America often worked undercover, on so-called “women’s beats.” “They are called upon regularly to trail or trap mashers, shoplifters, pickpockets and fortune-tellers; to impersonate drug addicts and hardened convicts, to expose criminal medical practice, find lost persons, guide girls in trouble, break up fake…

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New York’s First Female Crime Boss Started Her Own Crime School

A must read of an amazing historic criminal Mob Queen

Nicholas C. Rossis

Queen of Thieves | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksOrganized crime in New York is often portrayed as a boy’s game, but one of the first and most influential crime bosses in the history of the city was a Prussian immigrant known as “Mother” or “Marm” Mandelbaum.

Eric Grundhauser recently shared her fascinating story on Atlas Obscura, as did Sarah Breger in, based on Queen of Thieves: The True Story of “Marm” Mandelbaum and Her Gangs of New York” by J. North Conway.

The Queen of Fences

Marm Mandelbaum | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Mandelbaum as portrayed in a political cartoon (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-DIG-ppmsca-28344)

Marm (Fredericka) Mandelbaum, also called “The Queen of Fences,” was an imperious and powerful woman who became one of the most well-connected criminal figures of her day, buying stolen goods and reselling them, financing criminal endeavors, and even creating a school for young criminals.

Increasing restrictions against Jews in Germany brought Mandelbaum to…

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Welcome to my blog…

Excellent article on panzer vs outlines.

Scribblings of a Southern Belle

Hi, bloggers!!

Today, it is my pleasure and honor to welcome BEEM WEEKS as my guest during the RRBC GOVERNING BOARD APPRECIATION MONTH. Beem is this week’s “SPOTLIGHT” Authorand SO DESERVING of this honor. He serves on the RRBC Governing Board as the Reviews Co-Ordinator and works endlessly for our members.


Join us as we dive into the world of writing………

Processing The Art Of Writing – To Outline Or Not!

As a writer of fiction, I’m an outliner. It just makes sense to me. I wouldn’t write a blog article about civil unrest in some third world country without first investigating the matter. Only the foolish would write about something of which they know little or nothing at all.

That’s the same approach I take when writing fiction. Just because I have an idea for a story, that doesn’t mean I know anything about the characters, the deeper plot…

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