Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #4

POSTED ON Jan 30, 2011

Joel Friedlander

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Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for January, 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.

Featured Posts

blogs for self-publishersM. Louisa Locke presents The First Year of a New Born and a Newbie Published Author posted at The Front Parlor. “As I look back at the wonderful year of watching that sweet grandson grow and develop, I can’t help but notice some of the parallels between my experiences as a newly published independent author and that of my grandson.”

blogs for self publishersWalt Shiel presents Your Book Investment – Marketing or Inventory? posted at View From the Publishing Trenches. “Worried about the investment needed to buy a large offset print run (to hold down unit cost) and still be able to afford to spend money on marketing? There is an answer.”

Joanna Penn blogs for self publishersJoanna Penn presents How To Use Facebook Advertising To Market Your Book posted at The Creative Penn. “Generally, I’m a fan of free marketing like blogging, social networking, podcasting and video creation. All these things take time but are free or very cheap. But sometimes, there is a place for paid advertising, especially around the time of a book launch and I’ll be using Facebook for the Pentecost launch.”

Ebooks and Ebook Readers

Patricia Benesh presents From Visionary Writer to Successful Author: Five Key Factors posted at AuthorAssist

Mary Tod presents It’s not just e-books, it’s technology posted at One Writer’s Voice

Piotr Kowalczyk presents How you can sell your ebooks via mobile phones posted at Password Incorrect

L.J. Sellers presents Investing in Your Own E-Book, by Guest L.J. Sellers posted at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Marketing and Selling Your Books

Donna Marie Williams presents Petite model shares 5 big social media self-promotion tips for self-publishers posted at The Celebrity Editor, saying, “Guest contributor and petite model Isobella Jade offers 5 big ways to use social media to promote self-published books.”

Dana Lynn Smith presents How to Plan Your Virtual Book Tour posted at The Savvy Book Marketer, saying, “Excellent guest post on my blog by Sandra Beckwith.”

Sarah Bolme presents Could Just One Page Sell Your Book? posted at Marketing Christian Books

Joanna Penn presents The Four Hour Body: Lessons Learned From Tim Ferriss’ Book Launch posted at The Creative Penn, saying, “Tim has launched 2 books straight to #1 on multiple lists. Here are some of his strategies that we can adapt as indie authors.”

Donna Marie Williams presents Secret weapons of successful self-publishers posted at The Celebrity Editor, saying, “This article can also be found at The Huffington Post (”

Thomas Burchfield presents Unfinished Business #4: Rough Dark Seas Ahead posted at A Curious Man, saying, “Getting Your Book into the Marketplace. It’s a wild sea out there. Bring your life jacket.”

Thomas Burchfield presents Unfinished Business #5: You Get What You Pay For posted at A Curious Man, saying, “Sturgeon’s Law: Ninety percent of everything is crap! A Snob’s Defense of Professional Book Critics. Go on! Slap me with the “elitist” label. Dare ya!”

Toni presents Start Your Media Kit Today: Mini Workbook posted at Self Publishing Team | Duolit, saying, “Thanks so much for the invite. Glad to be a part of it!!”

Jamie DeBree presents A Few Twitter Marketing Tips posted at Beyond the Words

Kathleen Gage presents Using Your Kindle Book To Gain Market Reach posted at Street Smarts Marketing & Promotions, saying, “If you’ve been dreaming of being a published author and are not yet there, Kindle is a great first step. There is virtually nothing easier.”

Belinda Kroll presents Five Things I Learned about Bulk Shipments posted at Worderella Writes, saying, “When you’ve decided to distribute print copies of your books, here are five tips that will save you a lot of money and time when it comes to the post office and shipping!”

Self-Publishing Success

Alexander M Zoltai presents Self-Publishing Can Be Just As Creative As Writing posted at Notes from An Alien, saying, “It’s really all about relationships…”

Writing Tools & Tips

Helen Gallagher presents What’s Your Story for 2011 posted at Pajama Marketing for Authors, saying, “Pajama Marketing offers a new post every Saturday morning, so writers/authors can stay in their PJ’s and focus on their marketing.”

Nick Daws presents Does Your Character Have Character? posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “A guest post by Joy Paley with six tips for fiction writers on how to bring their characters to life.”

How to Take Part in the Carnival of the Indies

Well, that wraps up this issue. I hope you enjoy some of the great articles here, and let other people interested in self-publishing know about the Carnival—Tweet it, Share it, Link to it! The next issue is February 27, 2011 and the deadline for submissions will be February 20, 2011. Don’t miss it! Here are all the links you’ll need:

The original announcement post
Carnival of the Indies web page
Submit your article here
Bloggers, grab your official Carnival of the Indies Badges here
Follow Carnival of the Indies on Twitter
Subscribe to The Book Designer Blog

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