This Week in the Blogs, August 30 to September 5, 2014

POSTED ON Sep 7, 2014

Joel Friedlander

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Many of us have spent the week settling back into familiar routines. With the distractions of summer waining, perhaps it will be easier for all of us to get our heads down and focus on our writing and self-publishing projects. Maybe this week’s articles will help.

Molly Greene on Molly Greene: Writer
Best Websites For Self-Published Authors
“I often receive messages from new authors, lamenting the fact that they’ve written books and are struggling to get attention for their work despite repeated attempts to market their (one or two) stand-alone novels.”

Lysa Grant on Self-Publishing Review
27 Places to Get a Book Tour (and the Top Ten)
“First off, we’re talking virtual book tours, not a bookstore tour. The value is of course you can do it from your desk – but it does take a lot of work. What separates a book tour from just old-fashioned marketing? Timing, mostly. What makes a tour a tour is a blast all at once of reviews, interviews, guest posts and other content. This is hard to organize if you’re talking dozens of different sites. Getting people to post is one thing – getting them to post on time is another thing entirely.”

Carla King on Self-Pub Boot Camp
Amazon Kindle Announces Kids Book Creation Tool
“Today, Amazon announced Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Kids to help indie authors publish and promote their illustrated and chapter books for children in Kindle stores throughout the world. In addition, the newly launched Kindle Kids’ Book Creator tool allows writers to easily create their illustrated children’s books – and incorporate popular Kindle features, such as text pop-ups.”

Sabrina Ricci on Digital Pubbing
Comparing the Ebook Submission Process: Self-Publishers v. Publishers
“I recently wrapped up a freelance project with a small publisher, where I uploaded/submitted ebook files and metadata to Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google. In the process, I thought about the similarities and differences between how a self-publisher would go about distributing an ebook versus a publishing company that is submitting files themselves instead of using an intermediary such as Ingram.”

Laurie Boris on Indies Unlimited
What You Need to Know about Amazon Pre-ordering
“When Amazon announced that indie authors other than Hugh Howey would be allowed to offer their e-books on pre-order, the timing couldn’t have been better for me to give it a try. I was in the midst of planning my next book release. The description was ready, the categories and keywords chosen, and I’d just sent the final draft of the manuscript out for copyediting.”

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