Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for April, 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.
Sue Collier presents 27 things you can do to promote your book—Before you write it, before you launch it, and after you’ve published it posted at Self-Publishing Resources. “In this post, I’ve listed those things you can do before you start writing, before you launch, and after you’ve published. Follow this list, and you should be on your way to developing a solid author platform—and selling more books.”
Stephen Tiano presents Four Questions for Book Designers posted at Tiano Book Design, saying, “My yearly poll on some book design basics, with comments from a whole bunch of book designers on their favorite typefaces for books and more.”
Tony Eldridge presents Q&A With Smashword’s Mark Coker On The E-book Industry posted at Book Marketing Strategies and Tips For Authors, saying, “Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, sits with Marketing Tips For Authors for a fascinating look at the e-book publishing industry.”
Ebooks and ebook readers
Jon Mac presents Easy eBook Cover Art Tutorial posted at Easy eBook Cover Art Tutorial, saying, “An easy tutorial to help indy authors create cover art for their Ebooks.”
Sarah Bolme presents The Key to Selling Books on Kindle posted at Marketing Christian Books.
Adam Charles presents The eBook Revolution posted at iWriteReadRate.com Blog, saying, “Short article about the generational change in writing and reading habits due to the uptake of eBooks and eReaders.”
Maureen O’Danu presents Am I the Only One Dancing?: Fred’s Turn: An Interview of Maureen O’Danu, the Author of the Cat Confederation Stories posted at Am I the Only One Dancing?, saying, “It’s not every author that gets to be interviewed by her own inner 14 year old.”
Sara Reine presents The Issue with Indie Authors (and Why it Doesn’t Matter) posted at SM Reine.
Alexander M Zoltai presents This Is The Way It Must Be Done! « Notes from An Alien posted at Notes from An Alien, saying, “What is the difference between a writer and an author?”
James Moushon presents Ebook Authors: The Kids Are Coming posted at The eBook Author’s Corner, saying, “One of the great opportunities ahead for ebook authors is the wave of new readers entering the digital book world. These gadget centric-readers are kids and young adults. You know the ones that don’t shy away from a computer screen or the digital world. With their cell phone or ipad in hand, they are going to drive the ebook industry to new heights in the near future.”
Nick Daws presents An Interview With Mike Essex, Author of Free Stuff Everyday posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, ” UK entrepreneur Mike Essex, otherwise known as ‘Freebieman’, claims to be able to ‘blag’ almost anything from companies rather than having to pay for it. In this interview he talks about his new Kindle e-book ‘Free Stuff Everyday’ and how he came to write it.”
Marketing and selling your books
Dana Lynn Smith presents Author Blogs – Use Categories to Organize Your Posts posted at The Savvy Book Marketer.
Jon Bard presents Marketing for Writers: 8 Weeks to Social Marketing Domination! posted at eWriting4Kids.
Thomas Burchfield presents posted at A Curious Man, saying, “With his novel “Dragon’s Ark” now released, author Thomas Burchfield ponders the excitement and the worry.
Lindsay Buroker presents Can a “Normal” Author Make a Living E-publishing? posted at Ebook Endeavors.
Donna Marie Williams presents Honor your readers posted at The Celebrity Editor.
Writing tools and tips
Christopher Wills presents Design Characters using Mind Maps posted at Soldier, sailor, teacher, writer., saying, “Using Mind maps to help design your characters.”
Alan Murray Jones presents Immersion Workshop: Describing While Maintaining Pace posted at Alan Murray Jones’ blog, saying, “Pacing and rich description often feel like values to be traded between, but with the right approach you can have both.”
Mike Sprouse presents Advice for First-Time Book Authors, From a First-Time Author posted at Open Mike.
Jacob D presents Dealing With Criticism posted at The Writer Tank Journal, saying, “I think this is relevant to the Carnival of Indie writers. Take a look. =)”
Carol Morgan presents Your Words Have Power-a Historical Perspective posted at Carol Morgan, saying, “ALL writers have periods of self-doubt & artistic-loathing. Being an independent author is very isolating and we all must keep ourselves grounded in the reasons why we write. This article is to assist writers in that endeavor to stay motivated.”
Bryan Keithley presents Strategies for Adapting Your Novel to a Screenplay posted at Ascentive, saying, ” You’re finally finished your novel…and now that you think about it, the story would probably make for a pretty good movie. Before you sit down to write your adaptation …”
Mary Tod presents Tracking an author’s career path posted at One Writer’s Voice.
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