This Week in the Blogs, November 3 – 9, 2013

by Joel Friedlander on November 10, 2013 · 4 comments

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It’s getting dark pretty early these days, the air is cool, and I just saw someone on my block putting up lights on their house. We all know what these signs mean, and the signs of change in the self-publishing world are just as easy to see. This week I’ve scoured the blogs to bring you some of the best articles that can help you move your writing, and your publishing, forward. Have fun.

Molly Greene on Molly Greene: Writer
Self-Publishing: DIY or Hire Help?
“Here are common recommendations often made by industry pros. Decide what’s right for you, even if it goes against popular opinion.”

Dan Blank on We Grow Media
Hoping to Grow Your Audience? Focus on Narratives
“So maybe instead of promoting your book all the time, you are promoting the ways your book makes people feel. EG: You find underdog stories and share them. Because that is one of the reasons your readers love your work.”

K.S. Brooks on Indies Unlimited
Tutorial: How to Embed a Link in WordPress
“Some folks have asked me how to make words into a link on a WordPress blog – you know, so when you click on the words, you go to a web page? This may sound silly to some of you, but it’s not intuitive to everyone. So here is a step-by-step tutorial.”

Anne R. Allen on Anne R. Allen’s Blog
Sex Sells, Right? Maybe Not. Why you Might Want to Rethink those Steamy Scenes in Your Novel
“When my publisher asked me to remove the explicit sex scenes from my upcoming novel, The Lady of the Lakewood Diner I thought he was nuts. Sex sells, doesn’t it? Maybe not so much anymore. That screeching sound you hear is the abrupt U-turn the publishing industry is taking away from erotic material.”

Lindsay Buroker on Lindsay Buroker
The Fussy Librarian: A New Book Recommendation Site (and advertising option)
“As authors, we’re always trying to find ways to get the word out about our work, and as readers, we’re always looking for good new books to try. The Fussy Librarian is a new site that offers a little of both.”


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    Molly Greene March 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing my post, Joel! There’s so much a self-pubber needs to learn about the industry, and it can be tough to navigate when your budget is lean. I hope this article helps your readers!


    Paul Duffau November 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Lots of good links, Joel. I especially liked the Dan Blank article on building narratives. Seems to be an intuitive point that I waltzed right past. Glad for the correction – and all the other great info.


    Anne R. Allen November 10, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Thanks much for the shout-out, Joel. A lot of people are angered by the “No Sex Please, We’re British” news, but I fear we have to adjust to a new world of censorship by algorithm.


    Joel Friedlander November 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Anne, this is an issue that many writers need to keep up to date on, so thanks to you for raising it and helping to educate authors with your frank discussion.


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