This Week in the Blogs, December 13 – 19, 2014

by | Dec 21, 2014

As the year winds down many of us will be reviewing our progress through 2014 – our successes and our failures, what we learned and have yet to learn about writing and self-publishing – and making plans and resolutions for 2015. These articles might help with that so take a break from the shopping or the wrapping or the baking or whatever is keeping you busy this holiday season, and have a read. I think you’ll be glad that you did.

Yvonne Hertzberger on Indies Unlimited
Changing Attitudes Toward Self-Publishing
“You’ve heard the snide comments. Self-published books are crap. They aren’t edited. They are amateur. They are not worth our notice. Many such comments were deserved. They still are in some cases.”

Kristen Lamb on Kristen Lamb’s Blog
Caveat Venditor—Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors
“All right, it’s about to be a brand new year and many of you are wanting to finally see your books published. ROCK ON! But, I am the friend who will tell you if there is toilet paper hanging out of your pants. Writing isn’t all glitter and unicorns and I want to warn you of the most common stumbling blocks, because I really DO want you to succeed.”

Nina Amir on How to Blog a Book
How to Create Your Best Blogging Year
“Whether you’ve been blogging for a while, began this year or are setting up your blog for a New Year launch, I know what you want. You want to create the best blogging year possible. You want to attract lots of visitors, gain tons of subscribers and even make some money on your services and products, which could include a book you blogged. How can you do that? Let me tell you…”

Belinda Pollard on Molly Greene: Writer
How To Beat The Fear Of Self-Publishing
“Last week, I became a self-published author for the first time. An indie. It’s still sinking in that after so many years of yearning to be a novelist, I have a book I can hold in my hand.”

Cate Baum on Self-Publishing Review
Why Amazon Reviews Just Aren’t Enough
“There’s a lot of misinformation around about paid reviews, customer reviews, Fiverr reviews and the ethics and technical issues surrounding them for book sales. Frankly, I’m tired of the many forums banging on with the phrase, “I am totally against paid reviews.” And yet the hallowed Amazon review has become the new god of all indie authors. For all the wrong reasons.”

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