This Week in the Blogs, August 1 – 7, 2010

by | Aug 8, 2010

August is in full swing. Or rather, in half swing, since large segments of the media seem to be on holiday. Unfamiliar faces beam from TVs, blogs gather moss as posting activity slows down, the newspaper (remember those?) has barely enough pages to be worth the effort to put it out.

So not as many links today, but that’s alright, and here’s why: Once you get through the thoughtful interview with Mark Coker, some bookish inspiration courtesy of Guy LeCharles Gonzalez and friends, run through Moonrat’s extensive overview of publishing options and taken some tips from the drivers of Alaska courtesy of George Angus, you get to read Craig Mod’s new blog post. Mod has made other appearances here, and this post is no exception to the rule that he always delivers way more than you can even imagine.

Read on!

This Week in the Blogs

John Sundman on Self-Publishing Review
SPR interviews Mark Coker of Smashwords
“Traditional publishing is a broken business on the precipice of major change. I perceived an opportunity create a business that can help facilitate this change in a constructive way that’s valuable for readers, authors, publishers and booksellers.”

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez on Digital Book World
Why Books? 9 Reasons to be Optimistic
“For most people in publishing, the love of books runs deep. Not solely focused on the printed book, either, but a passion for the stories they contain (and the authors who created them), and an excitement for the myriad new opportunities to share those stories with more readers via more mediums than ever before imagined.”

Moonrat on Editorial Ass
Moonrat’s Rundown of Publishing Options
“But publication is a choice—if you’re in the throes of the submission process, this is sometimes hard to remember, but do remember you always, always have a choice whether or not you publish. You also have a choice how you’re going to publish, and what kind of publication to pursue. ”

George Angus on Tumblemoose
Precision Writing
“I’m sorry to say that Alaska has the worst drivers in the world. Truly. I lived in SoCal for a number of years and I would take the LA drivers all day long over the Alaska ones. What’s the problem with Alaska drivers? They lack precision. How is this related to writing? Lack of precision in writing is equally frustrating.”

And for Something a Little Different . . .

Craig Mod on Craig Mod
KICKSTARTUP: Successful fundraising with & (re)making Art Space Tokyo
“I want to share with you a story about books, publishing, fundraising and seed capital. It’s a story that I hope will change how you think about all of these topics. And it’s a story that I hope will serve as a template.”

Image licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, original work copyright by Stu Seeger,;

tbd advanced publishing starter kit


  1. George Angus

    Cheers, Joel.

    Thanks for the mention. Yours is my most fav publishing site on the web and it’s an honor to be mentioned here.


    • Joel Friedlander

      Hey George, thanks for that. I loved your post about the Alaskan drivers, very creative and useful for writers too!

  2. Christy Pinheiro

    I loved the Mark Coker interview– it was fantastic. Lots of good info there. I agree with Mark on almost every point, and I think he’s going to build an empire for indies. It’s great– I really admire him. If I knew him better I would invite him to lunch– but he’s like a budding Steve Jobs. Super-busy and running a growing empire.

    The sad thing is that the publishers are dying and the winners in this game (Amazon, Apple, Smashwords) are not publishers. Any one of the big six could have engineered something like iTunes for books– but none of them did. It was like 90 year olds were making all the decisions in front of a typewriter and a microfiche.

    • Joel Friedlander

      That was the most extensive interview I’ve seen Mark give, and it’s fascinating to see his insights on the book business from a completely different point of view. When change starts to happen, it seems like it’s the people willing to take bold action who end up on top.

  3. Shane Backhouse

    I would like to seek some advice from you as i am just about ready to submit my manuscript to a publishing company.And really this is mind boggling as is my first attempt.There is so much to decide on and choose which way is the best to go .As this book is very important to many people in society .So i wish to achieve very good marketing .Can i discuss some of my concerns with you .I thank you for your time and have contacted you because your words to others is spot on and wise .So receiving advice from you i know will be straight down the line. Regards SHANE

    • Joel Friedlander

      Shane, it’s great to realize you need to educate yourself about self-publishing and all that goes with it. Without the educations you’re less likely to make good decisions. There’s a lot of useful information available for free and I would suggest starting with the terrific list of blogs about self-publishing here:
      36 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers



  1. How to Publish a Best Selling Book-business - [...] This Week in the Self-Publishing Blogs, August 1 – 7, 2010 — The … [...]
  2. Tweets that mention This Week in the Self-Publishing Blogs, August 1 – 7, 2010 — The Book Designer -- - [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Richie O'Brien, Lee Benz. Lee Benz said: This Week in the Self-Publishing…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.