This Week in the Blogs, February 27 – March 5, 2011

by Joel Friedlander on March 6, 2011 · 2 comments

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Book marketing, self-publishing, intellectual property, armageddon and, oh yes, getting started on Facebook. You can’t say our bloggers aren’t a varied lot, can you? There’s lots to think about today, so take some time off and catch up on these excellent articles.

M. Louisa Locke on the Front Parlor
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers: To an Indie Author, what do they mean?
“For a writer, supposedly dominated by my right-brain, I seem to have become obsessed with a left-brained fixation on numbers. On reflection, I think this obsession with numbers may be related to the important role marketing . . . plays for me as an indie author.”

Piotr Kowalczyk on Password Incorrect
Self-publishing, a source of innovative thinking and how to benefit from it
“Self-publishers usually don’t have money, so they use all their energy to be creative and innovative. In (this) presentation there are several examples of innovation in both a self-promotion run by single authors and joint actions taken by self-publishing community.”

Joe Konrath on A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
Monetizing Your Intellectual Property
“Different people are looking in different places for different things. But if you properly package your story, you can vastly improve your reach. Just as in the print world, the more places you appear, and the more shelf space you occupy, the more you’ll sell.”

Mark Coker on Smashwords
Nietzsche and the Downfall of Big Publishing
“The cracks are growing more apparent, and before long, authors – both traditionally published and otherwise – will lose faith in the institution. When that happens, the seeds of revolution are sewn. Some might argue we’re already there.”

Nathan Bransford on Nathan Bransford
Facebook for Authors: How to Get Started
“Now, this post isn’t about promoting your book or building up your audience or how to become friends with Zuck himself, that all comes later. The first step: getting yourself started. Here are some tips.”

And for Something a Little Different . . .

LetterMpress: A Virtual Letterpress on Your iPad
“LetterMpress™ will be a virtual letterpress environment—released first on the iPad—that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints.”

(Ed: This project would be worth supporting just so we can keep the word quoin key in the language.)

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    Nancy Bartlett March 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Joel,
    Thank you for sharing these links. As a long time writer with plans to launch a novel in e-book format a little more than a month from now, I found these articles a huge source of inspiration and strategic help.

    As for you and The Book Designer blog – I’m amazed and energized by your blog every day. It’s the one I never miss reading. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and leading by example into this new world of e-publishing.




    Joel Friedlander March 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Nancy, I’m so glad you got something from these links, and that the blog is helping you take the next step toward publication. I think you can tell how much I enjoy writing it, so it’s nice to know people enjoy reading it.


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