This Week in the Blogs, August 8 – 14, 2015

by | Aug 16, 2015

So how’s your weekend going? Take a moment if you can, perhaps find a shady spot to stretch out on a hammock with a cool drink, and read the great articles I’ve selected for you from some of the best writing and self-publishing blogs available online. I think you’ll be glad that you did.

JW Manus on QA Productions
Self-Publishers: Who Grants You Permission and Who Tells You No?
“…who will tell an indie author if he or she has it totally wrong? As tedious as it can be to build consensus, there is merit in listening to other voices. Where will I find that voice?”

Sarah Juckes on Self-Publishing Advice Blog
How to Choose the Best Software for Print Book Design
“Sarah Juckes of ALLi partner member CompletelyNovel offers some answers for those in search of the best software to design their own print book, including CompletelyNovel’s own ratings on various criteria.”

Michelle Weidenbenner on Random Writing Rants
Seven Venues for Virgin Indies to Sell Books
“You want to publish your book and have waited forever for your agent to find a publisher. She hasn’t. Or you can’t find an agent who wants to represent you. Maybe you’re a speaker and want to sell books at your events. What should you do?”

Jessi Rita Hoffman on Jane Friedman
Writing Your Book’s Back-Cover Copy
“So you’ve written your book, you’ve chosen your title and cover design, and you’re breathing a sigh of relief. Now you have to decide what goes on the back cover. New authors sometimes rush this decision, writing the first thing that comes to mind. After all, it’s the back of the book. How important can it be?”

Diana Urban on BookBub
Ultimate Guide to Self-Publishing & Book Distribution Tools
“A long time ago, ducklings, I had an oddball friend who wanted to be a bestselling author. … I was substitute teaching and writing; she was living off a small inheritance and contemplating what she wanted to do for a career once the money ran out. And what she chose was bestselling author.”

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  1. Ernie Zelinski

    Here is a recent “Newsweek” article (August 8) about self-publishing that may be an inspiration to some authors, as it was to me.

    “How a Shy Former Avon Lady Became the Queen of Self-Publishing”

    I like the following part since it entails true creative marketing (something practically all other authors are not doing):

    “At her first book signing, the Barnes & Noble manager told
    her not to lose heart if she didn’t sell anything, since newbie authors rarely do. But Mabry wasn’t discouraged. I know how to sell stuff, she thought, and she used tricks she’d learned during her days as an Avon lady. Wearing an attention-grabbing red dress, she beckoned potential readers over to her table and whispered, “This is the best one! Ask me how I know.” Then she’d hold up one of her books, with the author photo right next to her face. It always got a laugh, but it also got results: By the end of the evening, her books had sold out.”

  2. FBK

    Thanks for sharing.

    I read the last article first. In light of what’s going over at Amazon with KENP; I think it’s time for me to pull my exclusivity card.

    I’ll always love Amazon. Amazon has been good to me, and they still are. But a gal, has got to consider her options.

    With love, Amazon

    (Smashwords has asked me out on a date :)



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