This Week in the Blogs, June 12 – 18, 2020

by | Jun 18, 2020

By Shelley Sturgeon

A selection of interesting articles about self-publishing for you again this week.

Still time to submit your e-book cover for June’s e-Book Cover Design Awards. Submissions are accepted until June 30th.

Check back here again next week for our latest Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies blog carnival post.

Have a great week—and stay safe!

Mark Coker on Smashwords Blog
Post-Pandemic Publishing for Indie Authors
“In this post, I’ll brush off my imaginary crystal ball – usually reserved for my annual end-of-year predictions – and speculate on the impact COVID-19 will have on the post-pandemic publishing prospects for indie authors in the months and years ahead.”

Ed Cyzewski on Jane Friedman
How I Hosted a Socially Distanced Book Event
“It’s not ideal to release a book during a global pandemic with quarantines, social distancing, and limits on group gatherings.”

Dan Holloway on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Center
Self-publishing News Special: Responses to Racism and Black Lives Matter
“I am delighted that ALLi suggested I run a news special this week in response to the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Because it matters. Because black lives matter; black indie voices matter.”

Derek Doepker on Build Book Buzz
5 reasons to turn your book into an audiobook
“Just about every indie author can benefit from having audiobooks. There are a few exceptions, of course, including cookbooks and technical manuals.”

Porter Anderson on Publishing Perspectives
‘From Author to Bookshop’: The IPA Takes Stock of the Coronavirus’ Impact
“The frequently described “patchwork” nature of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic experience seems to become only more fragmented by the day.”
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  1. Frances Caballo

    Mark Coker’s blog post is interesting but this is the comment I left on his post: Isn’t it a little early to talk about post-pandemic publishing? We are, according to Dr. Fauci, still in the first wave of COVID-19. As states reopen, new cases of the virus are spiking but it’s occurring during the first wave because we are still in it. Even those who’ve had COVID-19 and who have been in ICUs and on ventilators are experiencing issues anywhere from necrosis of the lungs to psychiatric problems. A vaccine probably won’t be available until 2022. Who can predict what will happen in two years? Certainly not me and maybe not even you. I respect you, Mark. You are highly intelligent and astute and I say this because I’ve sat on a panel with you at the San Francisco Writers Conference. But let’s get past the first wave and the second wave before we fool ourselves into dreaming about a post-pandemic era.

  2. Mike Kowis

    I submitted my latest book cover entry into your monthly cover design contest at the end of May, and I don’t recall receiving an automated response. The book is called Texas Off-road Racing: A Father-Son Journey to a Side-by-Side Championship by Mike Kowis, Esq. Can you please confirm that your received it?


    • Shelley Sturgeon


      Our e-Book Cover Design Awards posts are always for submissions from the previous month. So, for example, your submission was received in May and will be included in May’s e-Book Cover Design Awards post but the post won’t be published until the last Monday in June.

      We need time to review and process all of the submissions and “build” the post which takes a fair bit of time and effort.


      • Mike Kowis

        Thank you for confirming that you received my book cover submission. I’m relieved to hear that b/c I was worried that you didn’t receive it (I never received an automated email message).

        Thanks again,
        Mike Kowis


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