This Week in the Blogs, April 5 – 11, 2014

by Joel Friedlander on April 13, 2014 · 4 comments

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One of the remarkable things about the new world of self-publishing is that there are new writers coming along every week. New writers who need to learn how publishing works today to make the best use of their time and to enable their books to reach their potential. That’s what the best blogs offer, and that’s what you’ll find in this week’s selection. Have fun.

Sarah Allen on Anne R. Allen’s Blog
10 Ways Pre-Published Writers Can Start Establishing Their Careers NOW
“A writer can easily go through several years and several manuscripts before they are picked up by a traditional publisher or make the decision to go the indie route. This period can be frustrating for so many reasons. One of the biggest frustrations about this waiting period for me personally is that even though the most important thing is the writing and writing and better writing, I still have this strong desire to start building an author career for myself.”

Melissa Bowersock on Indies Unlimited
eBook Formatting 101
“Formatting a book for publication as an eBook can be easy, but it can also be frustrating. eBooks are much simpler than print books, simpler in that they allow fewer frills and so have more rigorous constraints. Here is a nuts-and-bolts review of the basics for eBook formatting.”

Thom Pastor on Thom Pastor
The 12-Step Program of Self-Publishing
“This 12-Step Program is a guide to the things I either did right, or wish I did in the first place. How much time would this list have saved me? Easily six months. How much extra money would I have spent? About $200 to $400 dollars (not all at once, though). My book took a year from start to finish, and finish wasn’t even to my personal standards or goals. Imagine how many sales opportunities I missed in that time frame!”

Karen Myers on ALLi Self-Publishing Advice Blog
Publishing: How To Find & Work With A Cover Illustrator
“Two years ago when I started writing The Hounds of Annwn series, I used images by a prolific Russian surrealist artist that I found on stock photo sites. (You can see those covers here. Starting a new fantasy series, The Affinities of Magic, I knew I wasn’t going to find what I needed there, so I decided to commission cover art. It’s been a fun learning experience, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.”

Michelle Weidenbenner on Random Writing Rants
What Does it Cost to be a Successful Self-Published Author? The Dirty Costly Secrets.
“At one point I felt the same way about making money from my writing. I wanted to write stories and it didn’t matter how much money I made. But now I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to make money. I do. I want to cover my expenses. I want to be a successful entrepreneur, and I want to write stories that entertain, motivate, and inspire readers. And I don’t want to give my work away for free because it’s cost me too much to create.”

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    Anne R. Allen April 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Thanks so much for the shout out for Sarah Allen’s post on my blog. She’ll be thrilled. It’s nice for me too, since I actually got some flak for allowing a “newbie” to encourage unpublished novelists to “waste time” on social media. The query process is long and discouraging, and Sarah’s post shows how to use the time effectively–publishing short works and establishing a fan base while working on novels and sending queries. I think she has a fantastic career ahead of her!

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    Joel Friedlander April 13, 2014 at 10:21 am

    My pleasure, Anne. I liked Sarah’s ability to “think different” about your writing career, making positive steps with today’s tools, no matter where you are on the publishing continuum.

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    Michelle Weidenbenner April 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Joel -

    Wow, thanks for sharing my “costly” post here for your readers. I hope it doesn’t scare too many authors away from publishing their books.

    I really enjoy your site! Thanks for all you do for authors.
    Michelle

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    Joel Friedlander April 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Hi Michelle,

    No, this is really important information for new self-publishers to have. I wrote my own multi-part examination of the costs a couple of years ago (http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2010/04/what-does-self-publishing-cost-a-preview/) but always great to have up to date information.

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