36 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers

by | May 24, 2010

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p class=”note”>A more recent version of this post can be found here: 52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers.I guess the first really “social” media was blogs. And it was a pretty substantial shift in the media firmament. The idea that the broadcaster (the blogger) would interact directly with the audience (the readers) was explosive. And socialize we did.Blogs have become one the largest de facto sources of news, information and opinion in the media landscape. There are few newspapers, fewer television stations. But there are millions of blogs.

Blogs for Self-Publishers

In the area of self-publishing, the transition to digital books, and everything related, these are the blogs I read. No, they aren’t all self-publishers or even self-publishing advocates, and their appearance on this list doesn’t imply any kind of approval on the bloggers’ part.But we need a lot of perspectives to really see the field of indie publishing in the round. And every blog on this list teaches me about how to publish, what to publish, and what’s coming in indie publishing.I hope you enjoy them. Because you may want to click away from the list to visit these blogs, I suggest you bookmark this address:36 Great Blogs for Self-PublishersHave a great time!

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p class=”note”>Note: The blogs do not appear in any particular order. Except the last, of course. If I’ve missed a blog that should be here, would you be so kind as to leave me a comment with the url and I will investigate at once.

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p class=”alert”>This is a clickable list. Just click each graphic to visit that blog.blogs self-publishers penny sansevieriblogs self-publishing jakonrathblogs self-publishing tribal author jonathan fieldsjoanna penn self-publishing blogs book marketing walt shiel self-publishing blogs book publishingdana lynn smith self-publishing blogs book marketinglevi montgomery self-publishing blogs fiction writingjane friedman self-publishing blogscathy stucker the idea lady book marketing self-publishingseth godin book marketing self-publishingzoe winters indie reader self-publishingcarla king self-publishing boot campapril L. hamilton indie author self-publishingpubletariat april hamilton self-publishing indie authorstephen windwalker kindle self-publishing blogssteve weber self-publishing book marketing social mediaalan rinzler book publishing blogsmichael n. marcus self-publishing bloggingmark coker smashwords ebooks self-publishingtom colvin writing and publishingchristy pinheiro self-publishingcheryl anne garner self-publishing book reviewsfreya rehman book buzzr book marketing self-publishingtony eldridge book marketing internet businesshenry baum self-publishing review fictionaaron shepard self-publishing aiming at amazonmark barrett ditchwalk self-publishing storytellingbob spear book trends self-publishingdualit self-publshing indie publishing book designthomas umstattd author tech tips self-publishingbrian clark copyblogger copywriting self-publishingguy lecharles gonzalez digital book world ebooksjohn kremer book marketing self-publishingmorris rosenthal self-publishing 2.0 print on demandsue collier self-publishing resources tom ross marilyn rosshenry hutton publish and sell lulu.com self-publishingvictoria strauss writer beware blog self-publishing joel friedlanderjulia lindsey our little books self-publishingopen publishing guide RIT book design self-publishingjudith briles the book shepherd self-publishingcarol denbow a book inside self-publishing
Hey, you didn’t really think I was going to leave this next one off, did you?
joel friendlander thebookdesigner.com self-publishing book design
So go forth and read, read, read. The publishing world is changing so fast no one person can keep up with developments. It’s through the combined work of all these dedicated bloggers that we can at least know we’re keeping up with the leading edge of change.Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brettlider/

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71 Comments

  1. Gary McLaren

    Hi Joel, and thanks for all you are doing here for self-publishing authors. My blog at PublishYourOwnEbooks.com may also be worth considering as an addition to this list. I’ve been working hard at providing some useful e-publishing charts that your readers may find useful. Best Regards, Gary

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  2. Betty Sargent

    Dear Joel, as a freelance editor and writer I get requests for self-publishing advice from clients all the time. Your list of bloggers is pure gold. Thanks so much.
    Betty Kelly Sargent

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Betty, thanks so much. Please take a few minutes to explore. There are over 500 articles here on subjects of interest to indie authors and self-publishers. Enjoy!

      Reply
  3. Adam iwritereadrate

    Hopefully you’ll consider adding our blog to this auspicious list in the future? Sue Collier recently posted one of my articles, and we’re presently building our profile for the upcoming site launch. Our blog is at: blog.iwritereadrate.com

    All the best

    Adam
    iwritereadrate.com

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  4. nikki broadwell

    Hi, I have been interviewing authors about their self-publishing experiences. thought I might link to yours…thanks…

    Reply
  5. Mark LaFlamme

    Yowsa. Few links there. I was really drawn to the IndiePub Journal but the site appears to be down. Typical. I always wanted hot dogs when there aren’t any left on the grill, too.

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  6. james moushon

    Great Post for self-pub authors. I have used some of these sources using Google reader but you have added some new one to me list. I know this took a lot of work to prepare.
    I have a new blog called the eBook Author https://hbspublications.blogspot.com/which is written from the eBook Author’s point of view and the digital world he is writing in.
    I have been a consultant in the paper to digital conversion process since the early 1990’s and have assisted many companies in the conversion process.
    My internet site is: http://www.hbspub.com. I would like to trade links. My audience can benefit from your information and concepts.

    Jim Moushon

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Jim,

      Thanks for your comment and I look forward to getting to know your site. Coincidentally, I have just today posted an update to this article, which you can find here: 52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers so you can find even more blogs to add to your reader.

      Reply
  7. Hannah Bauer

    I’m 13 years old and writing a young adult “mystery” novel called “The Day the World Went Still”. I’m almost half way done and have been looking for a publisher and editor. I am happy with what I’ve found here. Thanks!!

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Hannah, thanks for your comment. Your novel sounds interesting. You should also think about publishing your babysitting information as an ebook, I bet a lot of people would appreciate it.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Thanks, Lynn. I’m getting ready to update this post, so watch for even more links to come.

      Reply
  8. Freya

    Hi Joel

    Great list! Don’t know how I missed it first time round and glad I found it this time. Found quite a few blogs I follow and a few that I want to now. Thank you.

    Special thank you for adding our BookBuzzr blog to the list : ) Hope to be there everytime.

    Cheers
    Freya

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  9. Book Publisher

    Excellent, Thanks for the compendium and for including my blog on the list. Now, I have to devote time to reading some of the blogs on the list that I have not read before…and get busy blogging more regularly. I shall endeavor to by worthy of the mention!

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Glad you’re enjoying them, there’s a lot of great reading there.

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  10. Todd Boswell

    Fantastic list, Joel! Will definitely tweet and digg about this. Excellent resource for writers – Thank you.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Thanks Todd, I’m glad it was useful to you. I’ll be doing a revised and updated post during September, so watch for it.

      Reply
  11. Todd Boswell

    Fantastic list, Joel! Will definitely tweet and digg about this. Excellent resource for writers – Thank you.

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  12. D Knaggs

    Awesome post!
    Was sad I didn’t make it into the list but then I realized that my Blog wasn’t around at that time! Great resource!

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  13. Lynn Serafinn

    Hey there Joel,
    Great list. Saw in mentioned on Twitter via Dana Lynn Smith (Savvy Book Marketer, aka @bookmarketer).

    Would like to metion my site Spirit Authors (https://spiritauthors.com), which is a site providing courses, coaching, resources, tips and community for mind-body-spirit authors, primarily self-published. Dana Lynn Smith and Tony Eldridge (both on your list) are on our “Virtual Faculty”. It’s a membership site, BUT the blog is always full of free tips for authors at https://spiritauthors.com/news. We are sponsoring an event coming up with Stephanie Gunning on July 8th, where she is giving tips for how to turn an idea into a marketable book (haven’t posted the sign up page yet, but if people follow the blog, they’ll hear about it.

    Hope you’ll consider adding us to your great list. Will follow the list on Twitter.

    Stay in touch!
    Lynn Serafinn

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Thanks, Lynn, it’s great to “meet” you. I’m sure people will enjoy the articles on your blog, and when I update I’ll add you to the list. And thanks for stopping by.

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  14. David Drazul

    Hi Joel,

    I hope you’ll consider checking out The New Podler Review of Books. Podler recently expanded his list of contributors to include Libby Cone, S.B. Jung, Sarah Cypher and myself. We review self-pub and small press books and offer advice to other fellow writers. We hope you like it!

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  15. Joel Friedlander

    Jacqueline, my oversight. I will certainly add your blog to the list when I do my updates. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, and for all you do to help educate authors and self-publishers.

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    • Jacqueline Simonds

      Hey, no problem! There are some great ones – and you found ones I’ve never seen. Thanks again for all you do for authors and publishers!

      Reply
  16. Sarah Bolme

    I hope that in your next list of 36 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers that you will include my blog: Marketing Christian Books (https://marketingchristianbooks.wordpress.com). It is a great resource for those self-publishers who are trying to reach the Christian market.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Sarah, thanks so much for the link to your useful blog. I will certainly add you into the list when I do my revisions. It’s well past 36 now anyway. And thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  17. Mark Barrett

    Joel,

    First, thanks for the mention. Second — and much more importantly — thanks for taking the time to compile such a useful list. You have introduced me to a dozen new voices, and I would have bet you couldn’t do that. :-)

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Mark, you are welcome. I’m glad to be a “matchmaker” because there’s a lot of value in each of these blogs, and getting to know the writers is, to me, what a lot of what the “social” in social media is all about.

      Reply
  18. Walt Shiel

    Joel,

    Thanks for the compendium and for including my blog on the list. Now, I have to devote time to reading some of the blogs on the list that I have not read before…and get busy blogging more regularly. I shall endeavor to by worthy of the mention!

    Walt

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Hey Walt, thanks for that. And no worries, you’re already worthy! I follow and enjoy your posts.

      Reply
  19. Alan Rinzler

    Dear Joel

    Thanks for including me. I attended the first-ever self-publishing event at the annual Book Expo in New York last week and there were 200 participants there discussing the wealth of new opportunities and many success stories. Keep up the good work.

    Alan

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Alan, it sounds like self-publishing is breaking through some barriers, to be included at the BEA. Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. Tom Colvin

    Hmmm… if I read 5 of these blogs each hour, I can cover them all in just one 8-hour day. I find lists like this to be helpful.

    There is so much good material out there on the internet for writers these days, the mind boggles and the body buckles. But I can’t complain, as I too add to the cacophony: thanks for including my blog in your list.

    By the way, I placed YOUR blog among my list of the 7 most important websites for writers.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Tom, that’s high praise, thanks. And yes, actually reading all these wonderful folks can be a bit daunting, I hadn’t done the calculation!

      Reply
  21. Christy Pinheiro

    Thank you For the shout-out Joel! I’ll post and retweet!

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  22. Jo Parfitt

    Yes, I echo Andrea. I heard about this via Anastasia Ashman via Robin Pascoe, and as I too am a self-publishing expat writer and journalist this will be very useful indeed. I specialise in mentoring new SPEWAJs to get it written, out there, published and paid for, so will be sharing this resource with my clients and followers. Big thanks. Jo Parfitt

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  23. Andrea Martins

    Fantastic list, Joel! Will definitely tweet and blog about this. Excellent resource. Thank you sincerely. Andrea Martins

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  24. Shennandoah Diaz

    Those are all excellent resources and ones I watch for and read regularly. Any writer, self-published or not, would benefit from following those blogs and carefully assessing their advice. We also offer tips for both traditional and self-published authors and experts at our blog https://www.bigbadbookblog.com. I would love to get your opinion. Stop by and tell us what you think!

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Shennandoah, thanks for tipping me off about your blog, which I had not seen before. It looks like you’ve got a lot of content that would be of interest to self-publishers. Although I’ve tried to limit the blog list mostly to individuals where there is some one person largely responsible, rather than corporate blogs, I’ll keep following yours and will definitely consider adding it to the list. And thanks for stopping by!

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      • Shennandoah Diaz

        No problem! Please feel free to give me feedback on our content as I just took over the blog (and other social media). I would love to hear what you have to say!

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  25. Mike Lipsey

    This is the first time I’ve added a bookmark for a list of blogs to the blog bookmark on my browser toolbar. Thanks for putting all these together.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Well, I’ll just take that as quite an honor. Hope you find something worthwhile to read.

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  26. Levi Montgomery

    Joel,

    Thank you so much for including me in your list! That’s some fine company you’ve counted me with.

    Levi

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  27. Zoe Winters

    Joel,

    They might find my personal blog has the F word a lot. I’m a bit of a potty mouth on my own turf.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      That’s thoughtful of you to put the warning flag out Zoe, I appreciate it.

      Reply
  28. Dana Lynn Smithd

    Joel, thanks so much for including The Savvy Book Marketer on your list. I’m honored to be in such company and your blog is one of my favorites! I was pleased to discover a few new names here that I didn’t already know.
    Dana

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Dana, and thanks to you for all the great teaching you do on your blog and elsewhere.

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  29. Julia Lindsey

    What a great list. I have some in my feed but I now have a few more to follow.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Hi Julia, check out the next to last one on the list. Glad you found something new!

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  30. Sue Collier

    Joel–Great list! And I’m honored to be part of it. Thanks for putting this together. =)

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Hey, Sue, thanks for all the great articles on your blog. Looking forward to your book, too, which will be another resource for aspiring self-publishers.

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  31. Michael N. Marcus

    Thanks for including me in the list.

    It’s ironic to be listed right after Alan Rinzler. Around 1972 Alan was publisher of Straight Arrow Books, the book division of Rolling Stone. I was then audio/video editor of Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow wanted me to write a hi-fi book. I was not impressed with the proposed royalty, but I was told that I was getting the best deal Straight Arrow ever offered anyone, so I agreed. They mailed me a contract, but in the envelope was a contract for another author — who was getting a better deal. I did not sign the contract, and now I make more money by self-publishing.

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Hey Michael, that’s amazing. Everyone contemplating using an author-services company ought to read through your archives. It could save them a ton of trouble later.

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  32. Zoe Winters

    Thanks for the shout out for the Indie Reader blog.

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  33. Toni

    What a great list, Joel! It’s certainly a privilege to be counted among the 36 *grin* — thanks for including us. And here I thought my Google Reader was filled to the brim! Glad to have some new reading material. Thanks again and big kudos to all of the publishing/marketing/branding/amazing bloggers out there!

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    • Joel Friedlander

      Hey Toni, thanks for all you do too. You guys are putting out some great content.

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  34. Rich Dailey

    A great resource Joel. Thanks! And it’s comforting to see that 3/4 of the blogs in your list are feeds that I subscribe to also. But I guess the cream rises to the top.

    Rich

    Reply

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