This Week in the Blogs, December 25 – 31, 2011

by | Jan 1, 2012

Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks for all your support in 2011, it was a fantastic year. There’s some great reading here to get you started on what should be the most amazing year yet for independent authors and publishers. Cheers!

David Gaughran on Let’s Get Digital
2011: The Self-Publishing Year In Review
“I don’t think we are simply seeing another year of flux. Instead, we are witnessing a process unfold which will revolutionize publishing forever (or at the very least, the foreseeable future).”

Skellie on Passive Income Author
The Uncommon Truth About Marketing Your Books
“As much as authors love to write about their creative process and, if self-publishing, their journey as a business, your true untapped target market – the people you will need to reach if you want to join the big-leagues – are likely to be bored to tears by this.”

Alan Rinzler on The Book Deal
Fear of editors
“I’d like to address some of these concerns and perceptions, and what I see as the reality of the editor-author relationship from my point of view as a book editor who has worked closely with writers for many decades.”

Joe Konrath on A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
Konrath’s Resolutions for Writers 2012
“For the very first time, the writer can conduct their own real-world experiments. By trying different things, learning from mistakes, and constantly tweaking and improving, we have more power than ever before to find our readers.”

Lindsay Buroker on Lindsay Buroker
Tips for Interviewing Authors
“But how do you approach an author? How many blog readers do you need to entice someone to take the time to answer questions? What should you ask if you do get an author to agree to an interview? I can’t speak for all authors, but I’ll attempt to answer some of these questions.”

And thanks to frequent contributor Michael N. Marcus for pointing me to this short video about the famous book of advice for writers:

“The Elements of Style” on Vimeo

Blog Notes

Watch for a video series starting on Tuesday. No blog tomorrow, enjoy New Year’s Day.

Photo by foxypar4

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  1. Matt Syverson

    Skellie’s post accurately sums up my thoughts. Self-published authors who want to sell books need to interact less with each other and more with the buying public. Thanks for an awesome year, Joel.

  2. christopher wills

    Great start to the New Year. I particularly enjoyed Skellie’s post on book marketing. She talks a lot of sense. I also enjoyed J A Konrath but I always enjoy his posts; he is such a beacon for us indies.
    Happy and prosperous New Year Joel. You’ve got a tough job trying to maintain the standards you set in 2011 but I’m sure you’ll keep up the good work. :)

    • Joel Friedlander

      Thanks, Christopher. Skellie’s new blog is a boon to indie authors and deserves a follow by anyone who wants to learn more about marketing.

      One of the great pleasures of compiling This Week in the Blogs is the almost constant discovery of new voices contributing to the big conversation about indie publishing. It’s really one of the most fun things I do.

      Since I’m now giving 2 Sundays a month over to special features—Carnival of the Indies blog carnival and the monthly e-Book Cover Design Awards—I don’t always have this column and there have been weeks it was missed because I wasn’t able to share some insanely great article that appeared that week.

      But it’s all good, and I’ll do my best to keep the quality up in 2012, thanks for reading!


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