This Week in the Blogs, July 15 – 21, 2012

by Joel Friedlander on July 22, 2012 · 8 comments

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There are certain days when you really want to get your mind off things, and Sundays in the summer qualify. Today to help you here are a number of articles that will repay your attention, ranging from mergers and acquisitions to author platforms, Facebook advertising, the cost of self-publishing, and some good news for overseas authors. Have at it.

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) on Jane Friedman
Is the Author Solutions Acquisition a Good Thing for Authors?
“Specifically, I might be convinced into thinking it’s a smart acquisition IF: They’re sincere and transparent in their dealings with writers, especially about what it means to self-publish, and what is possible…”

Dan Blank (@DanBlank) on We Grow Media
Is “Platform” Saturated?
“For many writers, the real value of “platform” is about adding muscle, not unnecessary fat. About growing their skills, not about chasing celebrity. It is about building a meaningful connection with others, not becoming a bestseller at all costs, screaming at the top of your lungs.”

Dianne Greenlay (@DianneGreenlay) on Dianne Greenlay
Show Me the Money … (in 10 steps or less)
“Here is an abbreviated version of my experience in spending and gains for my book so far (all cussing and tears of dejection and depression have been removed):”

Catherine Ryan Howard on Catherine, Caffeinated
The Easy Way to Get Your US Tax Back
“…What happens to the tax that’s already been withheld? What about the 30% that’s been skimmed off each and every US-based royalty payment you’ve thus far received? How do you get your US tax back?”

Lindsay Buroker (@GoblinWriter) on Lindsay Buroker
How Facebook Advertising Works for Authors
“One thing I like about Facebook advertising over, say, Google Adwords, is that you can target a very precise viewership. Thanks to the “like” system, and many other factors, Facebook knows a ton about its users.”

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    Debbie Clark August 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Joel,
    I am a self-published author and found the information contained in your interview with David Vandagriff, “Passive Guy”, very interesting. I have observed the publishing industry, and the twists and turns regarding it, for over 15 years. I previously had attempted the traditional route of publishing only to become frustrated by excessive fees and numerous rejections. I did find a self-publishing agency that is truly a class act (Mill City Press) however, I have decided to return to the traditional publishing process for my next book. The reason for this is because of the exposure that can be gained through teaming with the professionals in the book industry. The very worst part of becoming a self-published author is to not be taken seriously by the populace. I have an imprint and it does not seem to help me during self-promotion of the work. At least my kindle sales have not reached a complete standstill. Joel, thank you for your time.


    Joel Friedlander August 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Thanks for your input, Debbie, it sounds like you’ve had quite a journey. Best of luck with your books.


    Dianne Greenlay July 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks so much, Joel, for featuring my post.Hopefully it will save other authors out there from wasting money on the same bad choices that I made.

    I would like to also suggest that you feature Roni Loren’s post on her frightful experience in using pictures on her blog as a MUST READ for us all. Apparently “Fair Use” does not mean what we all assume it does. Her experience with being sued changes everything for us, from FB pages, to Pinterest, to blog postings. Might even change the whole social media process… MANY thanks to Roni for sharing this information.


    Joel Friedlander July 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks, Dianne, Roni’s post is very good, especially the comments from many photographers that help put this into perspective. I’ve dealt with this subject often here, and readers might also like to take a look at this authoritative post:

    What Every Writer Ought to Know About Fair Use and Copyright


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