This Week in the Blogs, May 13 – 19, 2017

POSTED ON May 21, 2017

Shelley Sturgeon

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By Shelley Sturgeon

As the long weekends of summer begin, do you have plans for picnics or camping or family gatherings? Or, will you take advantage of those extra days off to read, or work on your writing project that you hope to self-publish? If the latter, you may wish to peruse the articles below for tips, tricks and inspiration.

And, don’t forget to check back here tomorrow for our latest edition of our monthly e-Book Cover Design Awards!

Stephanie Chandler on Nonfiction Authors Association
Advertising on Twitter and LinkedIn
“Twitter now offers advertising: or … LinkedIn also offers advertising on the site (, though their ads are text based and clicks are pricey.”

Nicholas Forristal on Indies Unlimited
Setting up Your Book’s Kickstarter Campaign
“Here we are, once again! The other day, I covered some of the basics about Kickstarter.”

Shari Stauch on Where Writers Win
Platform We’re Loving: Aerio for Selling And Promoting Your Favorite Books!
“I’m a bit of a skeptic (okay, total skeptic) when it comes to all these book sale platforms. … But so far we’re really loving”

Kate Sullivan on Build Book Buzz
Expand your audience exponentially with smart Goodreads marketing
“Let’s look at a few ways—some free and some paid—to connect with the 55 million Goodreads members who might just love your book.”

Cindy DeJager on The Writing Desk
What Is Stylistic and Substantive Editing?
“Substantive and stylistic editing is not a separate kind of editing, but rather another level or step deeper than the mechanical editing of grammar and spelling that most writers are familiar with.”

Self-Publishing News You Can Use

By Amy Collins

Library Journal and BiblioBoard announced the third annual contest for the Indie Ebook Awards

The contest is seeking submissions in five genres:

  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Young Adult

One winner and two honorable mentions from each genre will be selected. Each genre winner shall receive $1,000, and all winners and honorable mentions will also receive:

  • a full Library Journal review
  • a promotional ad in Library Journal’s December 2017 Issue
  • formal recognition at the Library Journal Indie Ebook Awards reception at the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado

Additionally, one grand prize winner will be selected from among all genres. This winner will receive:

  • all of the above-mentioned rewards
  • plus a keynote speaking engagement at the 2018 Cities + Libraries Summit in Charleston, South Carolina

Submission period runs from May 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017. Final selections will go to a panel of judges appointed by Library Journal, where they will then have a chance to progress into a final round of judging by Library Journal editors. Winners will be announced in November 2017.

Links of Interest

For more information about submitting:

For information on being chosen as a judge:


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