This Week in the Blogs, March 13-19, 2011

by | Mar 20, 2011

I’ve had several books and reports converted to ebook formats recently, and it’s remarkable how each version is different, and shows the mark of the person doing the conversion. Kindle publishing is a big subject this week, and the iPad has extended its functionality for publishers. Add to that ways that writers can improve themselves and their craft. Enjoy!

Caroline Cray on Digital Book World
Best Practices for Amazon eBook Sales
“I recommend that you think of your book’s Amazon.com page as a ¼ page ad in a glossy magazine. You want to build excitement, hype, and the urge to buy rather than dutifully explaining your product.”

George Angus on Tumblemoose
The Ten Steps to Writing Success
“Anyone can have writing success, it just depends on how much success they want, and how willing they are to take the necessary steps. Here are ten steps that, if followed, can help to ensure the writing success you seek.”

Steven Lewis on Kindle Writers
Four iPad apps for writers
“These are four iPhone apps I use as a writer in connection with my writing. None of them is specifically for authors or writing but these apps make real improvements to the way I work.”

Kathryn Craft on The Blood-Red Pencil
The Art of Chaptering
“In fiction, chaptering is often intuitive. The practice isn’t even as old as long-form fiction—it began in Great Britain so parts of books could be published in serial form.”

Charlotte Williams on FutureBook
New iBooks update opens door to fully illustrated publishing
“Apple’s latest version of its iBooks app, which allows e-books to have a pictorial layout similar to printed books and supports full page illustrations, has been hailed by one publisher as being ‘the beginning of a phenomenally exciting phase in picture book publishing'”

Blog Note About Comments

There has been more than usual activity in comments on the blog this week. If you are reading this in your email, you might want to check out the discussions about amazing ebook formatting, tips on how to write a press release, or the discussion about indie publisher education. Just click the title of the article and you’ll be right here on the page where you can add your comment. Thanks!

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7 Comments

  1. George Angus

    Joel,

    I’m so humbled to be included in this great group of bloggers and their articles.

    This place is a self publisher’s dream come true.

    George

    Reply
    • Joel Friedlander

      Thanks, George. Sorry you got caught in the old spam filter again. Best,

      Reply
  2. Amber Scott

    The tips in Carolyn McCray’s article changed my promotion approach and my entire marketing mentality. Every author should read that article. Thanks for linking it!

    Reply
  3. Carolyn McCray

    Joel,
    Thanks so much for talking up my article. I think it is essential for houses and authors to understand the shifting paradigm that is digital book sales.

    It really is an amazing window for little known authors (whether traditionally pubbed or indie) to get their books not just out there, but sold!

    Again, thanks for the mention :)

    Reply
    • Joel Friedlander

      Carolyn, as you can see from Amber’s comment below, this is a subject many authors are thinking about right now, so thanks for posting it.

      Reply
  4. Steven Lewis

    Hi Joel,

    Thanks for the mention.

    This is a great blog and has hit my feed reader immediately.

    Reply
    • Joel Friedlander

      Thanks Steven, you’ve got some great content on Kindle Writers also, glad to share it with my readers.

      Reply

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