This Week in the Blogs, September 19 – 25, 2010

by Joel Friedlander on September 26, 2010 · 1 comment

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As the fall heats up, so too do the blogs where people talk books, book marketing, self-publishing and the new world that’s unfolding around us. This week is an unusually rich stew of talk, ideas, suggestions, transcendental design and practical, down-to-earth advice. We all have a lot to read, but you really don’t want to miss these articles. Heartfelt, deep, and startling, you will be richly rewarded for an investment of your reading time. Enjoy!

Jonathan Fields on Jonathan Fields
A Modest Proposal For Publishers and Authors
“You now have the tools to reach digitally and directly into the hearts, souls and minds of the people you are writing for. You have the chance to connect directly with them, to compel them, to move them not only by the books you write, but by how genuinely you engage and provide value to them over time online.”

Mark Coker on Smashwords
The Seven Secrets to Ebook Publishing Failure
“Every author is the CEO of their own budding publishing empire, full of unrealized potential. Decisions you make today will determine your success in the future. We all make multiple decisions every day, and some of our decisions will inevitably prove incorrect or ill-conceived. The secret to success is to recognize our mistakes before they become business-limiting.”

Joe Konrath on A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
Ebook Pricing
“Bottom line: I can make more money selling $2.99 ebooks on my own than I can selling $7.99 paperbacks or $25 hardcovers with a publisher. The fact that I keep the rights, control cover art and titles, and can release the book as fast as I can write it rather than waiting 12 to 18 months, is all icing on the cake.”

Cecilia Sorochin on Soros Design Blog
(I exchange) BOOK DESIGN for CONSCIOUSNESS
“We often hear that books change people’s lives. I myself have been shaped by the books I’ve read over the years. But that was reading. This time I had the experience of designing the book that would change my life.”

Michael N. Marcus on Book Making
Sometimes it’s better to look at a book, and not read it
“Check your book for these bloopers:”

Cheryl Anne Gardner on POD People
My Story—Henry Baum
“I ran out of patience and I really love the “culture” of self-publishing. I love being a part of this revolution. And I love giving the finger to corporate publishing—which, while having advantages, also has a lot of faults.”

And for Something a Little Different . . .”

Off the Radar Visual Blog
Dogsledding in Greenland
“We update the visual blog every week with photos from readers and adventure tour companies. Visit the archives to see past blogs.”

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