This Week in the Blogs, July 11 – 17, 2010

by | Jul 18, 2010


We’re in the depths of the summer, music festivals are going strong, half the world’s away on vacation, and the other half is getting ready to go. Almost a shame to stay inside reading, so boot this up on your favorite mobile device, because there’s good reading to be had. Have fun!

Mark Coker on Smashwords
Smashwords Publishes 15,000th Indie Ebook
“I created Smashwords so I could take a risk on every author, including the author who writes for an audience of one. Because our platform is self-serve and extremely automated, we enjoy a low cost structure that enables this risk-taking…”

Chris Walters on Teleread: Bring the E-Books Home
After 20 years of traditional publishing, Donna Fasano goes indie
“I believe there will always be a place for print books. But I also believe that, in these techno-savvy times, the e-book is here to stay… and it is destined to grow. I’m very happy to be a part of this new… hmmm, not sure what to call it. Age?”

Muriel Lede on Muriel Lede Blog
Web Presence Checklist
“You’ve spent months, perhaps years, writing your book. Did you do so for it to die in obscurity? Why then does its web presence reach no beyond the Lulu Marketplace? Why then doesn’t it even show up upon typing its title on Google? Why then does its Amazon’s sales rank sag below the 4 millionth mark? If that sounds anything like you, keep reading, for I’m about to list all those opportunities to broadcast your title and reach your target audience that you’re missing out on.”

Victoria Mixon on A. Victoria Mixon, Editor
6 Personality Types Who Will Succeed as Writers
“Write for zest and exploration and color and detail. Write as research and daydreaming and argument and creativity and hypothesizing. Write for experimentation and hallucination and entertainment and friendship and education and sheer goodness of heart. Write for amusement and revenge and anguish and, ultimately, exhaustion.”

Scott Nicholson on There Are No Rules
Four Ways E-Books Will Change Your World
“This is the Golden Age of Literature, and whether you stick with your paper books or go electronic, you’re going to benefit from the explosion of content, price variations, and delivery systems.”

And for Something a Little Different . . .

Plan 59: The Museum of Mid-Century Illustration

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2 Comments

  1. Victoria Mixon

    Thank you, Joel! (I was in Portland on vacation for the last couple of weeks and just saw this today.)

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