This Week in the Blogs, August 24 – 30, 2019

POSTED ON Sep 1, 2019

Shelley Sturgeon

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By Shelley Sturgeon

Happy Labour/Labor Day weekend to my fellow North Americans! Hope you’re kicking back and doing something fun. For those in the path of Hurricane Dorian, stay safe! We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for you.

More helpful and informative articles on self-publishing for your reading pleasure again this week. Enjoy, but first some reminders:

  • Submissions for September’s issue of Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies blog carnival will be accepted until September 15th. All the information you need to know can be found here. Our Carnival of the Indies post will run on the last Sunday of the month.
  • Our September e-Book Cover Design Awards contest submissions will be accepted until September 30th and all submissions meeting our submission requirements will be included in a post at the end of October. August’s submissions will be included in our post published on Monday, September 30th. Submission information can be found here.

Got a question about the Carnival of the Indies, the e-Book Cover Design Awards, or self-publishing? Click on the Contact page link and fill in the form, or leave a comment below.

Mary Locke on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Center
Audiobook Promotion for Indie Authors
“In my recent post, I discussed my decision to stop distributing my audiobooks exclusively through ACX so I could go wide with Findaway Voices.”

Arthur Klepchuko on Writer Unboxed
Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Fall 2019
“This contest submissions season covers deadlines from September 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019.”

Kristen Lamb on Kristen Lamb – Author, Speaker, Professional Troublemaker
Pay the Bookseller! Why C.E.O. James Daunt Won’t Save Barnes & Noble
“Pay the bookseller. Novel idea. Sort of like my whole idea that we should pay the writer. Alas, every time I study the book industry, no one in charge seems to understand why paying those pivotal to your business is kind of a big deal.”

Stephanie Chandler on Nonfiction Authors Association
How to Identify and Minimize Spam in Your Blog Comments
“Spammers have been around since the beginning of the internet.How to Identify and Minimize Spam in Your Blog Comments They infiltrate email, social media, and blog comments. While we won’t ever get rid of them completely, there are some important details you should know about how spam comments affect your blog and ways you can minimize them.”

Porter Anderson on Publishing Perspectives
The American Publishers’ Lawsuit of Amazon’s Audible: ‘Captions’ Delayed
“As Publishing Perspectives readers know from our article, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) a week ago sued to stop the planned rollout of “Audible Captions,” asking the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to prohibit Audible from providing the functionality to its audiobook consumers.”

Too Good To Miss

Keri-Rae Barnum on New Shelves
Walmart Discount Pricing Sparks Threatening Letters From KDP
Threatening emails from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) have the author community abuzz with talk of how Walmart pricing is ruining indie authors. But, is it really?

Anne R. Allen on Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
Is a “Personal Relationship” with Authors What Readers Want?
The latest trend in online marketing is building a “personal relationship” with customers and readers.

Other Links of Interest

San Francisco Writing for Change
The San Francisco Writing for Change Conference focuses on writing, publishing and motivation from publishing professionals who specialize in the kind of writing that makes a difference.


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