By Joel Friedlander
Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for May, 2018. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books.
A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded.
See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Lisa Poisso presents The editing and revision process for self-publishers posted at Clarity, saying, “We get it: you’re one person with one set of eyes that probably glazed over long ago from reading and re-reading the same words in your manuscript. So add more shots at getting a different perspective. Add more opportunities for feedback, more opportunities to check specific elements in your novel, and more opportunities for a fresh look.”
Kyle Young presents Best Proofreading Software posted at Kindlepreneur, saying, “There are many different tools and services out there that can help you proofread your book. While nothing beats having a professional human editor, check out if some of these can at least lighten their load, and improve your writing as you go.”
Frances Caballo presents How Writers Can Get Started on Goodreads posted at Social Media Just for Writers, saying, “Perhaps you’re wondering, “Is Goodreads really a social media network?” It definitely is. The primary reason the founders of Goodreads started this website was to create an online venue where friends could chat about and recommend books, the same way they might if they were dining together or meeting at a café. Its secondary goal was to serve as a social media network.”
Book Design and Production
Cathi Stevenson presents An Indie-Author’s Guide to Organizing a Book for Publication posted at Book Cover Express Indie Publishing Blog.
Cathi Stevenson presents Ten Tips for Laying Out Back Cover Text Like a Pro posted at Book Cover Express Indie Publishing Blog.
Iola Goulton presents Parts of a Book: Back Matter posted at Australasian Christian Writers, saying, “This is the final post in a series covering what authors need to include in their front and back matter. You might think it’s obvious, but I’ve read several small press and self-published books which have no back matter at all.”
Lisa Poisso presents Do you want to be an author or just someone who’s published a book? posted at Clarity, saying, “It doesn’t matter whether you aspire to write a book every few years or you’re driven to sell enough titles to quit your day job. If you mean to write over the long haul, you’re committing to learning the business and practical side of publishing too.”
Ebooks and Ebook Readers
Dave Chesson presents Playster Review – posted at Kindlepreneur, saying, “Playster is a newer book and audiobook marketplace that is trying to take on the giant, Audible. By offering unlimited books and audiobooks for a monthly price, they are starting to gain momentum. Find out if this marketplace is a good place for you as both an author and as a customer.”
Alexander Zoltai presents Yet More Conversation About “Serious Writing” . . . posted at Notes from An Alien.
Belinda Griffin presents London Book Fair 2018 – Through an Indie Lens posted at BookWorks Blog, saying, “Guest writer Belinda Griffin of SmartAuthorsLab shares her experiences at London Book Fair 2018 from an indie point of view.”
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