This Week in the Blogs, December 30, 2012 – January 5, 2013

by | Jan 6, 2013

So how does your year look so far? It’s early days yet, but it’s surprising how quickly things start up again after the holidays. We’re fully in the swing of things here with a big roundup on ebook progress, another vote for print, some tough love and advice for authors, and a way to explore short fiction publishing. Have fun.

Mark Coker (@markcoker) on Smashwords
Smashwords Year in Review 2012 – The Power in Publishing is Shifting to Authors
“We’re entering a golden age of publishing. The ebook self-publishing revolution will lead to a more great books being published than ever before. More books will touch the souls of more readers, because indie ebooks make books accessible, affordable and discoverable to more people. These books, in all their diverse and controversial glory, are cultural treasures.”

Nicholas Carr on Rough Type
Will Gutenberg laugh last?
“As we enter 2013, I’m considerably less confident in that prediction than I was a few years back, when, in the wake of the initial Kindle surge, e-book sales were growing at 200 or 300 percent annually. At the very least, it seems like the transition from print to electronic will take a lot longer than people expected. Don’t close that Gutenberg parenthesis just yet.”

Judith Briles (@AuthorU) on The Book Shepherd
Author Alert: If You Snooze … You Lose
“Many wannabe authors, speakers, or whatever, practice the art of one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, three to get ready, three to get ready … and they never go. They keep reaching for one more thing; one more piece of information; another interview; another who knows what.”

Derek Haines (@Derek_Haines) on The Vandal
Authors – How To Promote Yourself
“The mistake a lot of author bloggers make though is to view their blog as some kind of daily diary and post about family, pets, rants and raves and then from time to time, something interesting and relevant about their books or writing. Successful blogs are clearly focused and build a reputation on a particular topic.”

Evo Terra (@evo_terra) on E Publish Unam
Digital Publishing Options for Short Stories
“Digital innovation is at the forefront of what (Doug Lance) is doing, and he’s changing how authors and readers think about short stories. If short is where your heart is, you owe it to yourself (and your career) to check out this 15-minute episode of The Books and Beer Hangout.”

Do you have a blogging success you’d like to share?

I’d love to hear about your successes—big or little—that have come from your author blog. I even wrote about it here, and there’s a handy entry form you can use if you’d like to share here:

Blogging Success Stories

Hey, it’s Sunday. Why not head over there and share something now? Thanks!


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  1. J.M. Ney-Grimm

    2013 is treating me well so far. I threw my hat in the indie publishing ring a year ago and saw slow growth through 2012. The first few days of this year featured a fabulous indie review of my latest story, a slight increase in blog traffic, and a slight increase in my trickle of sales. I like it!

  2. Michael N. Marcus

    Huh? Does Sunday come on Monday now? Where did Saturday go?

    • Joel Friedlander

      Not sure what you mean, Michael. Last I looked Saturday was still on Saturday. Not true at your end?


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