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This Week in the Blogs, April 10 – 16, 2011

by | Apr 17, 2011

Everything outside my window is in buds, and spring cannot be denied. Neither can the move toward independent publishing on the part of best-selling authors, incredible though that may seem. Also, some advice on e-books, cautions about book fairs, lots of tips for marketing your book, and a tip for type-loving e-book creators. Enjoy.

Bob Mayer on A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
Guest Post by Bob Mayer
“My last three book deals with (St. Martins) totaled over a million dollars, so I’m walking away from something significant. I’ve also hit all the bestseller lists, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, but that doesn’t equate directly to the bottom line.”

Anne Hill on The Huffington Post
What Authors and Readers Need to Know About eBooks
“Here is my list of digital publishing’s most obvious advantages, as well as some strong cautions for both authors and readers.”

Victoria Strauss on Writer Beware Blog
Book Fair Bewares
“Less reputable publishers, by contrast—many of which use the majority of their marketing power not to sell books and rights but to turn their authors into customers—may see book fairs, and the mystique that surrounds them, as just another item they can hawk. Here are a few real-life examples.”

Sue Collier on Self-Publishing Resources
27 things you can do to promote your book—Before you write it, before you launch it, and after you’ve published it
“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.”

Liz Castro on Pigs, Gourds, and Wikis
Embedding Fonts in EPUB- iPad, iPhone AND nook
“Here’s how to embed fonts into an EPUB book.”

A Self-Publisher’s Companion

I was excited to be a guest of Tom Evans’ (TheBookwright) on his Blog Talk Radio show, the Barefoot Book Show. If you’d like to listen to the interview, you can use this player:

Listen to internet radio with TheBarefootBroadcast on Blog Talk Radio

Be sure to check out Tom’s site and the many resources for writers he makes available.

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