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This week, as spring begins to arrive out here in northern California, the self-publishing world is heating up too. Here’s some great reading for your Sunday from a variety of voices, all with something that will help your publishing journey. Onward!
Stephanie Chandler on Authority Publishing
The New Publishing Platform on LinkedIn: Why You Should Care and How to Contribute
“Recently I was invited to contribute to the new publishing platform on LinkedIn, which essentially works like a large business blogging community. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can view posts there by signing in to LinkedIn, then going to the menu option Interests > Pulse. Here you will see content generated by industry influencers—content that is earning a lot of visibility and buzz online.”
Anne R. Allen on Anne R. Allen’s Blog
Are You Ignoring This Simple Platform-Building Tool? How to Comment on a Blog
“Whether you’re planning to self-publish or go the traditional route, every author needs a “platform” these days. Some authors obsess too much about platform and waste time on pointless overkill. (More about how to skip the time-wasting stuff in my post, 7 Ways Authors Waste Time Building Platform.) But others ignore it entirely, often because they’re not quite clear on what it means.”
Catherine Ryan Howard on Catherine, Caffeinated
To Do: A Social Media Spring Clean
“Once upon a time I was at a writing-related event when Someone Very Important (To Me) who works for A Very Important Company (To Me) introduced herself and then said, ‘We were just reading one of your blog posts in the office the other day!’”
Mark Coker on Smashwords
Indie Ebook Author Community to Earn More than Traditional Ebook Authors
“In my post last week I predicted indie ebook authors would capture 50% of the US ebook market by 2020. Today, I’m looking at the implications of this from another angle – author earnings. Hugh Howey has recently lavished some welcome attention on this question at his AuthorEarnings.com web site (I examined the resulting uproar at Hugh Howey and the Indie Author Revolt).”
Alan Rinzler on The Book Deal
Have you ever written something you later regretted?
“There I was, standing on a shaky balcony seat trying to see the stage over a mob of hysterical, screaming and sobbing 13-year-old girls. I was 25 years old and a rhythm and blues purist, a wannabee soul brother. I didn’t get the Beatles. My review? It was vicious. I called it No Soul in Beatlesville and eviscerated the band as “derivative, a deliberate imitation…manna for dull minds”. I’ve been apologizing ever since.”