This Week in the Blogs, October 7 – 13, 2012

by Joel Friedlander on October 14, 2012 · 7 comments

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This is one of the only times of the year during which you can travel almost anywhere in the U.S. and have a good chance at great weather. Does that have anything to do with books? No, but these articles do. Self-publishing success, book launches, revving up your book sales, understanding the sales cycle and learning to handle your book proofs are your topics this week. Enjoy.

Alan Rinzler on The Book Deal
Great reasons to self-publish: 7 case histories
“Writing and publishing a book can strike an emotional chord of meaning and importance for the author that is rewarding beyond expectation… Here are seven great reasons to self-publish with case histories from authors I’ve worked with.”

M.J. Rose (@MJRose) on Buzz, Balls & Hype
11 Things Not To Do Before Your Book Launch
“I’ve had a dozen novels published and have made far more than a dozen mistakes. Which is why Randy Susan Meyers and I wrote a guidebook to help authors avoid making our mistakes. This list contains just a few my “must nots.”

Joanna Penn (@TheCreativePenn) on The Creative Penn
Help! My Book Isn’t Selling. 10 Questions You Need To Answer Honestly If You Want To Sell More Books.
“The following checklist will also help you identify your problem and solve it quickly.”

Anthony Wessel (@DigitalBkToday) on Live Write Thrive
The Cycles of Book Sales
“Book sales are relatively stable on a week-to-week basis. Just like grocery stores. Books are a consumable, but people only consume so much. In a nutshell, many new indie authors are not aware of the actual sales cycle of books and maybe got spoiled in Jan./Feb./Mar.”

Catherine Ryan Howard (@cathryanhoward) on Catherine, Caffeinated
Proofing Your CreateSpace Paperback
“These days, proofing your book is a little bit easier. CreateSpace, who I use for all my printed books, now has three proofing options:”

eBook Cover Design Awards Coming Tomorrow

Yes, we’ve received another slew of ebook covers, 101 last month. I’m still chewing them over (not literally) and “picking winners and losers” because hey, somebody has to do it.

Some great covers, too.

Check back tomorrow for another stroll through the best and worst of the ebooks being produced right now.

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    Flash2012 October 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I can’t wait to buy my daughter ‘Ratburger’ for Christmas. I will be giving it to her on Christmas Eve along with Belstarr The Lost Toymaker, a Christmas 2012 book for children everyone is raving about on Goodreads and Squidoo, it has been compared to ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ because of it’s beautiful Rhyme. Well done David Walliams, the ‘Ratburger’ cover looks splendid.

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    PA Wilson October 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Thanks for this a couple of these are not on my regular reading list.
    By the way I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You can check out the details on my latest post. http://pawilson.ca/one-lovely-blog-award/

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    Joel Friedlander October 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks, Perry, I really appreciate it.

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    Ilana Waters October 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Love your funny intro, Mr. F.! And Joanna’s article was great–I saw it earlier on her blog. Going to check out some of these others now. Thanks for the roundup!

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