Many people in the U.S. will be having a long weekend with a holiday on Monday this week, and that leaves a bit of extra time on Sunday to catch up with great articles posted this week to blogs. So without delay, here are five of the best, personally selected and hand picked at their peak of ripeness. Enjoy!
Penny Sansevieri (@bookgal) on Huffington Post
Self-Publishing Stigma: Because Revolutions Take Time
“Being a part of a revolution is an amazing experience, and my hat off to everyone who’s been in the trenches, as we have, who over the years helped mold and shape this amazing industry. To those who fought tirelessly against the stigma and to the people who helped teach the authors right from wrong when it comes to publishing a book.”
Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) on Indies Unliminted
“What if you could find out how many sales you were making on a daily basis, or even on an hourly basis? Even better, what if you could spy on your rivals and see how their books are selling? Well, gather round everyone, you can!”
Kristen Lamb (@kristenlambTX) on Kristen Lamb’s Blog
LinkedIn—Making The Most of Your Six Seconds
“If we self-publish (which many of us will), we will need to hire a team of professionals—content editor, line editor, book cover designer, book interior designer, e-book formatter, web designers, etc. LinkedIn is a wonderful place to find endorsed professionals to be part of your publishing team.”
Catherine Ryan Howard (@cathryanhoward) on Catherine, Caffeinated
Social Media for Authors: [Groan] Do I HAVE To?
“We all want to “just write”. But you’ll never be able to just write if what you write doesn’t bring money in, because then you’ll have to spend at least eight hours a day, five days a week doing something other than writing. You’ll only make money by selling books, and the first step in selling a book is to inform a potential reader than it exists.”
Suw Charman-Anderson (@Suw) on Forbes.com
Piracy, Saviour of the Book Industry
“We need to create direct relationships with readers — and by ‘we’, here, I mean both authors and publishers — so that we can give them a reason, many reasons, to buy from us and not download illicit copies. We need to enable direct sales channels that we control, so that we get the benefit of all the data and intelligence that produces.”