Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #55

by Joel Friedlander on April 26, 2015 · 0 comments

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Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for April, 2015. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books.

A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded.

See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Featured Posts

self-publishingHope Clark presents Finding Book Reviews posted at FFW Tips, saying, “There is no solid resource on how to land book reviews. Here are a few ideas and resources to make the job easier. Indies have an uphill battle as do the smaller of the small presses. And you already know that competition is fierce, so assuming you can get some of these bigger sites to accept your book, the wait might be for months.”

self-publishingK.M. Weiland presents Want to Know More About the Structure of Your Favorite Books and Movies? Announcing the Story Structure Database! posted at Helping Writers Become Authors, saying, “The Story Structure Database is an archive of books and movies, recording all their major plot points. If you’re ever unsure of a structural point in a story–or just want to spend some time browsing examples of story structure–you’ll be able to search the database to find exactly what you’re looking for.”

Kate-Tilton-75x75Kate Tilton presents 25 Ways To Market Your Audiobook: A Quick Guide posted at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers, saying, “How can you market your audiobook? Let’s take a look at these 25 ways to get your audiobook out there.”

Book Design and Production

Colin Dunbar presents Why Self-Publishing Online Makes Sense posted at Format Book In Word, saying, “The first question an aspiring author asks: Should I go the traditional or self-publishing route? This is a brief overview of the traditional publishing industry. In this area the world has changed drastically over the past 10 years or so. The Big 5 publishers are cautious to take a risk on an unknown author …”

J.M. Ney-Grimm presents What Happens After the Manuscript is Complete? posted at J.M. Ney-Grimm, saying, “Once you have a complete manuscript – ready for publication, ready for readers to enjoy – what happens next? The right workflow will ensure you produce the best possible cover and cover copy for your ebook.”

Lana Pecherczyk presents G is for Graphic Design – Self-publishing from A to Z posted at Author Zoo, saying, “Tips for designing yourself as an Indie Author, and tips on what to look for when you want to hire a Graphic Designer.”

Randy Stapilus presents Self-Publishing Takes Off in High Schools posted at BookWorks

Toni Ressaire presents How to Create an iTunes Account posted at Pub.Ink Publish Like a Pro, saying, “This is the first installment of several articles about publishing in the iBooks Store.”

Ebooks and Ebook Readers

Ron Callari presents SELF-e positions Libraries for the Digital Age posted at Bookworks’ Ron Callari Blogs, saying, “SELF-e [not to be confused with the ‘selfie’ photo-sharing craze] is a self-publishing software, which should be on every indie writer’s radar. As the latest in a series of collaborative platforms that have launched recently [see previous posts on Widbooks and Fast Pencil], SELF-e enables public libraries and self-published authors to engage with some new 21st Century technology.”

Indie Author

Gordon Burgett presents A paid speech you can book at every association any year posted at Empire building by writing and speaking, for writers, speakers, and publishers, saying, “Here’s how you take your book or any product you produce and you sell it to every key member at any association workshop or convention. They all want to hear how they are doing collectively, and if you are one of them (or aren’t but can learn the needed information), they will flock to your talk/speech/breakout/keynote–and can’t help but buy what you’ve written since you are so right-on and articulate. Your book is your selling tool. Send it and your outline of the association programmer.”

James Moushon presents Author Blogs: Time Management can be a Problem without Planning posted at eBook Authors Corner, saying, “So you’re an author and you’re considering starting a blog. That doesn’t sound like a problem. You just cook something up and post it on the Internet. It should be a piece of cake. Wait a minute. You say you better know what you’re getting into before you start. I agree. Here is some advice from some outstanding authors who have experience with an author blog. They discuss the time issues and the problems involved in having a good author blog.”

James Moushon presents Author Blogs: What is your Primary blog goal? posted at eBook Authors Corner, saying, “A net presence is a must for authors in the current world of book publishing. And a website is usually the focal point for authors to connect with their readers. Authors are finding out that another successful connection tool is an author blog. Today our focus is on blogging and how you can establish goals and improve your communications.”

Robin Storey presents What Genre Is That? posted at Storey Lines, saying, “Author Robin Storey discusses fiction genres, the challenges of cross-genre writing and marketing and the importance of choosing the correct genres for your novel on Amazon.”

Marketing and Selling Your Books

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    How to Spot a Rights Grab

    April 24, 2015 3 comments
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    How to Spot a Rights Grab by Helen Sedwick gives examples of danger words hidden in contracts and explains how writers can spot rights grabs to protect the rights to their work.

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      The 3+ Hats Every Indie Author Must Wear

      April 22, 2015 6 comments
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      The 3+ Hats Every Indie Author Must Wear by Nina Amir explains why writers who want to be indie publishers need at least one or two more hats, such as a Business Hat or a Project Manager’s Hat in addition to wearing a Writing Hat.

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        Book Design: Formatting Poetry Gets A Lot Easier

        April 20, 2015 7 comments
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        Book Design: Formatting Poetry Gets A Lot Easier with the Poetics book template from

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          This Week in the Blogs, April 11 – 17, 2015

          April 19, 2015 3 comments
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          Blogs for Self-Publishers, April 11 – 17, 2015 including Jason Matthews, Shari Stauch, Penny Sansevieri, Robin Houghton, Dara Beevas and Amy Quale

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