Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for September, 2011. 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.
Jaye Manus presents Harlequin versus Indie. You Decide posted at JW Manus. “A former Harlequin author (17 titles) makes a step-by-step comparison, from money to publishing schedules, between Harlequin and self-publishing … If a writer came to me, manuscript in hand, and said, ‘Jaye, should I submit this to Harlequin or should I self-publish?’ This is what I would tell them to consider.”
Ros Clarke presents Judging books by their covers and More on Covers posted at The Old Shed. “When I first started wondering about self-publishing my stories, one of the things I did was look at a lot of book covers to try and work out what factors made the difference between something ‘professional’ and something ‘homemade’… This is a series of two articles on designing a good ebook cover.”
Mark Coker presents How to Self-Publish an Ebook with Smashwords: 32 Authors Share Their Tips and Tricks posted at Smashwords. “The other week, I invited Smashwords authors and publishers to help their fellow authors by writing a “How to Publish an Ebook on Smashwords” blog post. 32 authors and publishers below shared their smarts in an engaging and diverse collection of first-person tips, tricks and experiences.”
Book Design and Production
Anthony Rando presents Book Cover Design posted at Anthony F. Rando, saying, “Questions to ask when creating a book cover.”
Gary McLaren presents Top Twitter Hashtags for Ebook Publishers posted at Publish Your Own Ebooks.
e-Books and e-Book Readers
Jim Murdoch presents Has the novelty worn off yet? posted at The Truth About Lies, saying, “For months now the new must-have toy has been a Kindle. Yes, there are other ebook readers but that’s the one everyone is talking about. It has its flaws but if there is one thing it has done that earlier models failed to do is capture the public’s imagination. This could have happened ten years ago but the time wasn’t right. High sales are expected for the next couple of years but what then? As Scottish author Jim Murdoch releases his first two ebook he muses on the future of reading. Publishing was never easier but is that necessarily a good thing?”
James Gill presents How Much is an E-Book Worth? posted at The Tech Savvy Writer.
Gary Gauthier presents The End of Books posted at Literary Snippets.
Catherine Ryan Howard presents BACKPACKED WEEK: How Much Work is Self-Publishing? posted at Catherine, Caffeinated, saying, “To demonstrate just how much work goes into self-publishing – even when it’s “only” a POD paperback and e-books – I kept a list of everything I had to do this time around.”
Maria Zaninni presents Creating Cover Art: Down & Dirty Tips posted at Warrior Writers, saying, “This is one of several articles I wrote as guest posts for my Indie Roadshow Tour. For a complete list of posts, please see: https://mariazannini.blogspot.com/p/indie-roadshow.html.”
Patricia presents Lunch Break Thriller – Declan Conner Recipe For Success posted at ePublish a Book, saying, “A new publishing format that brought fame and fortune to it’s author.”
Marketing and selling your books
Lindsay Buroker presents Authors, Why You Should Start a Newsletter posted at Ebook Endeavors, saying, “Start a newsletter, and keep your fans from forgetting about you (and sell more books too!).”
Gordon Burgett presents What do you write your early empire-building books or speeches about? posted at Gordon Burgett’s Blog.
Anna Farmery presents Show – 350 How to Promote your Book posted at The Engaging Brand.
Dana Lynn Smith presents 5 Steps to Adding Social Follow Buttons to Your Website posted at The Savvy Book Marketer.
Anna Coach presents Who Farted posted at Kindle Scribbler, saying, “An interview with new writer C.S. Hall which answers the age old question: does putting the word ‘fart’ in the title of your short story help your kindle sales.”
Adam Charles presents The Journey of iWriteReadRate (up until now!) posted at The iWriteReadRate Blog, saying, “A short article from one of our Directors, Adam Charles, about the journey the iWriteReadRate team have traveled up until now, what’s inspired them, and what drives them forward with the new online writing/reading/ebook community.”
Nick Daws presents Branding for Self-Published Writers posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog.
Alexander M. Zoltai presents Why Do Authors Do What They Do? posted at Notes from An Alien, saying.
Lindsay B. presents How To Get Book Reviews posted at Savvy Self-Publishing, saying, “Tips for getting those first few book reviews at Amazon, from an indie author who’s “been there, done that.”
Tom Evans presents Author’s Block posted at The Bookwright, saying, “Also got a load on Writer’s Block too !!!.”
Patricia presents J.R. Rain : Over 400 000 Books Sold So Far Thanks to the Law of Attraction! posted at ePublish a Book, saying, “A brilliant interview by a writer who reveals the secret behind his success.”
Writing tools and tips
Jonathan Milligan presents Should I Write A Book Or Start A Blog? posted at Blogging Your Passion, saying, “A Helpful article the explores whether you should start a blog or write a book first.”
Isabel Anders presents Ideas For Creative Writing: Of Earth and Air posted at The Creative Penn.
Nick Daws presents Gone Plot Fishing – How to Come up with Original Ideas for Fiction posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog.
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