Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for July, 2012. 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.
Jaye Manus presents Source Files Update posted at Jw Manus, saying, “One of the problems for writers today is that the tools we use–namely word processors–are superb for producing printed documents, but frustrating, maddening and over-powered when creating electronic files. Whether for e-queries and e-submissions, or for self-publishing, it’s time for writers to stop thinking “documents” and start thinking “files.”"
Linda Gillard presents Independent Authors and Visibility posted at The Alliance of Independent Authors Advice Blog. “In an over-crowded marketplace, we assume it’s reviews that sell books and, predictably, it’s now possible to buy “honest reviews”. Could paid-for reviews be a good investment? Possibly, but I think we should be asking ourselves a different question—how do books find their readers? Or, to put it another way, what makes a book visible in the marketplace?”
Toni @ Duolit presents How Much Does Self-Publishing Cost? The Ultimate Guide posted at Duolit, saying, “Our (surprisingly controversial) guide to the *possible* costs of each phase of the self-publishing process. Use it to create a ‘shopping list’ for your publishing journey, so you don’t make unplanned purchases (like how you go into Walmart intending to buy socks and Pop-Tarts and walk out with an HDTV)!”
Book Design and Production
Paul Salvette presents EPUB and KindleGen Tutorial posted at BB eBooks, saying, “Why use complicated and expensive software to create your eBooks when you can learn how to build a professional eBook from the ground up. Learn about making eBooks in the EPUB fprmat and MOBI/KF8 format for Kindle at BB eBooks.”
JW Manus presents Producing A Kindle Ebook: Design Choices posted at JW Manus, saying, “I’ve been calling dedicated ereaders, like the Kindle, print books’ “ugly cousins.” Turns out, with some thought and awareness of how readers read, an ebook can be designed and produced so that the medium is worthy of the message. And it doesn’t take expensive programs or extensive computer coding knowledge to do it.”
David Bergsland presents What is on-demand publishing? posted at The Skilled Workman, saying, “People remain confused about the differences between on-demand and self-publishing. This article simply defines the process of on-demand publishing.”
Laura Pepper Wu presents Could this be the next Amanda Hocking? Meet indie author rockstar Colleen Hoover posted at 30 Day Books, saying, “A crazy beautiful story of how writing, indie publishing, and Amazon have dramatically turned someone’s life around. With many lessons we can all learn from Colleen Hoover and her indie publishing fairytale.”
Gary Gauthier presents In Defense of Indie Writers posted at Literary Snippets, saying, “Blanket statements about the value of indie publishing won’t work to the extent they don’t acknowledge that there are different types of writers who are at different points in their careers.”
Jen Smith presents Learning the Ropes as a New Indie Author posted at Jen Smith SICK, saying, “Learning the ropes as a new Indie author is not easy. There is endless information on the web to sort through and countless people and companies offering a wide variety of services for a broad range of prices.”
Yesenia Vargas presents Should Writers Blog About Writing? posted at Yesenia Vargas, saying, “If we are told to build our platform for our target readers, why are so many writers blogging for other writers?”
Marketing and Selling Your Books
Bob Baker presents How to Get Paid More as a Public Speaker posted at Bob Baker’s Book Promotion Blog, saying, “If you’re an author, there’s a good chance you’re also a public speaker. Sometimes you speak for free, but other times people will be willing to pay you to speak. Here’s a great tip to keep in mind when those paying gig opportunities come along …”
Laura Pepper Wu presents This is an indie author’s biggest asset. Make sure you have one! posted at 30 Day Books, saying, “If you never listen to anything I say ever again, please just take this one piece of advice on board! I wish I had realized it earlier on. – Laura”
Mark Coker presents Author R. L. Mathewson On the Secrets to Her Success posted at Smashwords Blog, saying, “This author’s book was selling a respectable 5 or 6 copies a day at the Apple iBookstore, and then a single update of her cover image sparked an explosive increase in sales, topping out at over 1,500 copies a day. Includes a daily sales chart chronicling her rise. The interview underscores the opportunity for indie authors to breathe new life into their books simply by making incremental improvements to cover images, or the editing. It also speaks to the importance of quality writing, because without passionate readers, the catalyst of a new cover image won’t spark an explosion.”
Max Hawker presents Self-Publishing Audio Books: Is It Worth It? posted at How To Successfully Self-Publish, saying, “Audiobook sales are growing. Should you be translating your efforts to the audio market too?”
Writing Tools and Tips
Thomas Burchfield presents One Special Eye: The Necessary Uses of Copyeditors posted at Thomas Burchfield: A Curious Man, saying, “When your book is finished, you should be sure to hire a copyeditor. Here’s some of the reasons why.”
Yesenia Vargas presents How to Take the Plunge and Be a Writer (Part 1) and (Part 2) posted at Yesenia Vargas, saying, “We have three choices as writers. We can want to write, make a measly start, or finally take writing seriously. What choice will you make? If you finally took the plunge, it can be hard to be a writer every day. Where do you even start? Here are some practical and useful tips for doing just that.”
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