May is a transitional month in northern California, and despite the ongoing drought we are experiencing alternate days of raw, end-of-winter chill with days of warm spring weather and blossoming trees. I don’t know about you, but I love that kind of contrast. Speaking of which, there’s some great reading for you today, so enjoy wherever you are and dive right in.
Nate Hoffelder on The Digital Reader
Google Play Books is a Safe Haven for Commercial eBook Piracy
“Piracy is endemic to almost every retail site which sells digital content. Some sites such as Amazon routinely (and sometimes aggressively) police their catalog for pirated content, while others have a more laissez-faire attitude.”
Frances Caballo on Social Media Just for Writers
Do You Feel Safe on Facebook? 6 Ways to Improve Your Security Settings
“Facebook can be fabulous for your author platform and help you communicate with your readers in a way that can rival other social media platforms.”
Rachel Thompson on Book Promotion.Com
This is The Reason You Need To Focus Your Content To Sell Books
“I wrote a post over on my author blog RachelintheOC.com about how self-promotion sucks because, in all likelihood, you’re doing it wrong. Maybe you’re not and you can relax and not yell at me, so go sit down and take some deep breaths. But if you are one of those annoying authors who is repeatedly spamming your book links and has nothing else to say but, “Buy my book!” all over the place, take a sec…”
Shari Stauch on Where Writers Win
Authors: Avoid Cyber Trolls and Book Bullies
“It’s recently been brought to our attention that even on sites created for our enjoyment and purchase of books, such as Amazon and Goodreads, internet trolls have reared their ugly heads. Forewarned is forearmed – we hope to spare you from the angst others have suffered at the hands of cyber trolls and “book bullies.””
Debbie Young on Self-Publishing Advice Blog
Should Self-Published Authors Create Their Own Publishing Imprints?
“As a self-published author, you have by definition assumed the responsibilities and the role of the publisher. Whether you do absolutely every task yourself involved in your books’ production, or whether you delegate specific tasks that fall outside your skill set, the buck stops with you. So, first answer – the publisher is undoubtedly you.”
From Publisher’s Weekly: A New Way to Ask Your Publishing Questions
The publishing industry continues to absorb and deal with the thousands of writers who are utilizing the tools of self-publishing to independently bring books into the market.
Publisher’s Weekly, the biggest and most important trade journal for the bookselling industry, has opened its doors to indie authors in a several ways over the last few years, and they have a great new program that’s just about to get started.
Realizing that the difficulties many authors run into could be solved by people having access to publishing experts, they have assembled an all-star panel of authors and other publishing industry professionals on their BookLife site.
Here’s how it works:
To ask us a question, simply find BookLife on Twitter or Facebook, let us know what you need to know, and tag your question #indieexperts. Every week, our editors will select the best questions and our panelists’ answers will be posted on BookLife. And, if social media isn’t your thing, feel free to email questions to email@example.com.
The panel is pretty impressive (okay, guilty, I’m on the panel) and if you’d like to check it out, here’s the link: Have a Self-Publishing Question? Ask Our Panel of Indie Experts