This Week in the Blogs: February 21 – February 27, 2010

by | Feb 28, 2010

This week we’ve got an inspiring story of self-publishing, talk about the gamut of publishing endeavors, another scam to watch out for, a really good roundup of the recent O’Reilly conference, some guidelines about decisions regarding publishing iBooks or iPhone apps, and some really interesting advice from a bunch of writers you’ve heard of on the craft—and other asides—of writing fiction. Enjoy!

Zetta Elliott on Huffington Post
Breaking Down Doors: My Self-Publishing Story
“Well, the truth is, many of us were waiting for some editor somewhere to make us “legitimate” by giving us the official stamp of approval. I didn’t know anything about publishing on demand, but I did once think that self-publishing was for desperate people who lacked the talent to get picked up by a traditional publisher.”

Mick Rooney on Self-Publishing Review
Publishing: Advocate or be Damned
“I am an advocate for anyone, author or publisher, who challenges and presents innovative ideas to write, edit, deal and trade in an industry which changes by the month.”

Victoria Strauss on Writer Beware Blog
Another Vanity Award: The 2010 Creative Spirit Awards
“Is it irony or coincidence that, only a few days after blogging about vanity awards, I should be spammed by one?”

Mark Coker on Smashwords
Tools of Change Conference Notes
“A good conference challenges you to stretch your thinking, and on this count the O’Reilly conferences I’ve attended (TOC, Web 2.0 Summit, Web 2.0 Expo) have never disappointed.”

Richard Padley on The Discovery Blog
iBooks or Apps? The publishers dilemma
“With the launch of the iPad and the iBookstore Apple have given publishers another option for delivering content. In this post we analyse the pros and cons of both approaches.”

And for Something a Little Different . . .

On Guardian.co.uk
Ten Rules for Writing Fiction, Part 1
“Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don’ts.”

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