This Week in the Blogs, May 15 – 21, 2011

by | May 22, 2011

Another week closer to spring, although the winter seems reluctant to let go. The faithful are gathering unto Javits, the rest of us will muddle along somehow has all the action moves to the east coast for a few days. In the meantime, self-publishing is booming, and there’s a balance to this week’s selection. It was a challenge to stay to five, here are my picks:

M.J. Rose on Huffington Post
Tough Love: Things No One Is Brave Enough to Tell Self-Published Authors
“Suddenly self-publishing is no longer just a fall-back position. It can be a first choice. Just be sure you choose to do it for the right reasons.”

Alan Rinzler on Booked
Is there gold in your backlist? Self-publish and find out!
“Savvy writers – especially those with an online following — are reveling in unexpected profits by self-publishing their defunct backlist titles as new e-books.”

Jane Friedman on There Are No Rules
8 Things Readers Want From Self-Published Authors
“Reviewing the comments provides an excellent to-do list of how self-published authors can be taken seriously by readers.”

JA Konrath on A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
Why You Won’t Succeed
“I keep seeing writers making the same mistakes when it comes to self-pubbing. So here’s a hot dose of reality to temper those dreams of vast riches.”

Terry Cordingley on The Savvy Book Marketer
The 10 Terrible Truths of Book Marketing
“During the time I have worked in the publishing industry, I have heard a lot of different ideas and statements about how to market books. Some of them are pretty good. Others might seem like a good idea to someone new to the industry, but in actuality they don’t work at all.”

The Neverending Launch

This week I was proud to be featured on Steven Lewis‘ blog Kindle Self-Publishing. In a thirty-minute podcast we covered a lot of territory. Go check it out at Book design and the business of self-publishing with Joel Friedlander

I was also pretty excited to get a review from Tony Eldridge on his Marketing Tips for Authors blog. Tony has a unique and personal spin on everything he writes. You can find it at: Review: A Self-Publisher’s Companion by Joel Friedlander

I also got a mention on the interesting Good Bad and Ugly Books for Writers site, luckily in the “Good” section. You can find it here: the good.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about, get a copy of A Self-Publisher’s Companion of your own. Here are the links:

A Self-Publisher’s Companion as a Kindle ebook

Trade paperback from Amazon

Nook e-book

Trade paperback from Barnes & Noble

Photo by Candy Schwartz

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  1. Michael N. Marcus

    Thanks for mentioning my new site. I wasn’t going to tell you about it for a few more days when it would be a bit more highly evolved. I’m typing this from a PC in a hotel dining room in Mass., and saw a big blank space on the home page that was not on my PCs at home or in my office.

    I also still have to set up the site so it can make some money.

    I had not planned to become a bookseller (or a publisher or author), but with Borders fading away, maybe there’s an opportunity for “virtual hand-selling.” My policy is not to recommend any book unless I’ve read it. Bookstore employees may not have that policy.

    Ironically, I’m launching the site at the time of Book Expo in New York. In the past, I’ve attended BEA as a writer, publisher and reporter. This year I’ll also attend as a bookseller, like most BEA attendees.

      • Michael N. Marcus

        It’s nice that Google linked to the site a few hours after it was launched, and I didn’t pay a million dollars to be Googled.

        • Joel Friedlander

          Probably the links you sent to it from your other sites, don’t you think?


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