It’s back-to-school time here in the U.S., but school’s never out for the indie authors of the world, and this week I’ve got some great reading for you and some very important topics. Whether it’s your copyright page, POD books in color, publishing awards, episodic publishing or the scams that seem to abound online, you’ll want to work through these articles so dive in.
James Moushon (@jimhbs) on Self-Publishing Review
Indie Authors: Your Copyright Page Needs Work
“One of the first things an indie author should realize is that the printed version of their book does not have the same content as the ebook version and the differences start right in the front of the book.”
Todd Allen on Publishers Weekly
How Affordable Color POD Could Change the Comics Industry
“By now you’ve probably already heard that Ingram Content has a new “Standard Color” pricing program that makes self-published color Print-On-Demand graphic novels economically feasible. This means you no longer have to have material out of print. It means you have access to the bookstore market, especially the online bookstore market.”
Suw Charman-Anderson (@Suw) on Chocolate and Vodka
How would you run a self-publishing award?
“As Sam put it, “there are some real loudmouths with monstrous egos” out there, and you can guarantee that any system based solely on a popular vote would cut out lesser known authors with awesome books in favour of the egotists.”
Amanda Meuwissen (@bigworldnetwork) on The Independent Publishing Magazine
Online Publishing With a Twist
“Unlike a traditional novel with a clear endpoint, series on BigWorldNetwork will continue for as long as their readers want more and new seasons are renewed (a season being 12 episodes in length).”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch on Kristine Kathryn Rusch
A Warning To All Writers Who Need Help Indie Publishing
“From the beginning, I have warned readers of this blog away from services that promise to publish your e-books for a percentage of the royalties. I haven’t done so in a while, and I really need to again. Here’s why.”
Writing for Change Conference in San Francisco
I’ll be speaking at the 4th San Francisco Writing for Change Conference on Saturday, September 15th, at the Unitarian Universalist Center at Geary and Franklin in San Francisco.
The keynoters are Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World, and Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
There will be panels of authors, agents, editors, and marketing people. You’ll be able to get feedback on your work from freelance editors and to pitch your book. Scholarships are available.
But there are only 100 spaces in the conference, and reservations are going on now. For more information, please visit www.sfwritingforchange.org.
After months of planning, tomorrow we’ll open the doors on a brand new feature on The Book Designer, using new interface elements (otherwise known as “buttons”) to give readers access to all the books, guides, tools and training courses that can make such a big difference to your publishing journey.
Although it’s going to take a little longer to completely build out all the access pages, the front door will swing open tomorrow and at least you’ll be able to “kick the tires” to see what’s coming.
Watch for it, and have a great Sunday.