This Week in the Blogs, February 4 – 10, 2017

POSTED ON Feb 12, 2017

Shelley Sturgeon

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If it’s been a long week, and by Sunday, you’re feeling a bit more like the puppy in the picture than you’d like to admit, maybe this week’s roundup of articles will perk you up. Lots of great information for newbie and experienced indie authors alike.

Reedsy on Reedsy Blog
The 21 Best News Roundups for Self-Publishing Authors
“The sheer amount of information that comes flowing from the internet every week can be overwhelming — especially when you’re living in the ever-evolving world of self-publishing. To help streamline your learning (and cut back on hours of aimless browsing), we’ve put together a list of our favorite writing and self-publishing roundups.”

Cate Baum on Self-Publishing Review
Are All Book Printing Services The Same? POD vs Offset Options for Authors
“So many authors end up buying boxes of pre-printed books without understanding why they have now got these wretched masses in their closets and garages. Looking at the different types of print output will help you choose the right method to sell your book without felling trees and buying extra coat rails just to sell books.”

Stephen Oram on Self Publishing Advice Center
How to Use a Survey to Pick the Best Cover for your Self-published Book
“Having gone to so much trouble to make your book the best it can be, you need to be sure you choose the right cover to make it fly off the shelves – but can you really trust your own judgment, or should you widen your jury?”

Jane Friedman on Jane Friedman
How to Get Your Book Distributed: What Self-Published Authors Need to Know
“Distribution used to be the biggest challenge that self-published authors faced in selling their work—at least before online retail came to dominate bookselling.”

Anne R. Allen on Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
Author Blogs: 5 Bad Reasons for Authors to Blog and 5 Good Ones
“Do you have a blog? Do you monetize it? Did you fall for any of the “get rich quick” promises of some of the blog gurus? Have you blogged and given up on it? What did you get out of blogging?”

Self-Publishing News You Can Use

By Amy Collins

Author U Draft to Dream Contest Open for Submissions until April 15th 2017

Authur U contestThe annual competition sponsored by Author U just opened for submissions. Applications are due by April 10th and manuscripts must be received by April 15th.

Complete manuscripts are submitted to a panel of librarians and 5 winners will be chosen. Those winners will receive a full publishing package to turn their manuscript into a professionally published book:

  • Cover and Interior Book Design
  • Proofing
  • Book Marks
  • Distribution
  • Copy Editing
  • One hour of Virtual Assistance
  • Advanced Reader Copies-ARCs
  • eBook creation
  • Platform and Publishing Strategy consultation
  • Social Media assistance
  • Platform strategy session
  • Global Distribution
  • Ingram Catalog listing
  • Author U Extravaganza full registration
  • One year Membership in
  • One year membership in APSS
  • One year membership to Bublish
  • Author Photo Shoot
  • Printing Discounts
  • Audiobook consultation
  • Sales Consultation

In addition, one of the five winners will be named the GRAND WINNER and also receive $1000 to help in marketing and promotional expenses.

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