This Week in the Blogs, May 15 – 21, 2020

by | May 22, 2020

By Shelley Sturgeon

How has the pandemic affected you as a writer? Are you more productive? Less productive? If you’re a published author, have you noticed a difference in your book sales? What’s working for you? What do you need help with? Let us know in the comments. Maybe we can help and encourage each other through these challenging times.

There’s still time to submit your e-book cover for May’s e-Book Cover Design Awards.

Check back here next Friday for May’s Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies blog carnival.

Stephanie Chandler on Nonfiction Authors Association
Where to Send Review Copies of Your Book – to Get More Book Reviews, Clients, Media Attention, and Other Opportunities
“Whether your book is coming out soon or it has been out for a while, sending out review copies of your book can lead to a variety of opportunities.”

Sacha Black on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Center
The Ultimate Guide to Author Collaboration in Writing and Publishing
“For indie authors publishing digitally in ebook, audio and POD, readers are not a finite commodity, assets to be kept from other writers. We know we enjoy a global marketplace so large that no writer will ever reach all the readers out there, while the right kind of author collaboration in writing and publishing greatly increases the odds of getting discovered, noticed and read – as authors with shared box-sets regularly demonstrate.”

Tony Riches on The Writing Desk: Writing, support and useful links for writers
Setting up Amazon Author pages #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
“Your Amazon page should be an important part of your ‘author platform’, as readers like to find out more about the writer behind a book – yet many authors are so busy writing they don’t have time to keep their page up to date.”

Abby Arthur on Your Writer Platform
Build Your Writer Platform & Fanbase: A Fiction Author Case Study
“Are you an author trying to grow your mailing list and fan base?”

Frances Caballo on Social Media Just for Writers
Social Media Tips You Need to Know
“From time to time, I collect a variety of social media tips for writers that I think are helpful. Today’s post details social media tips you need to know.”


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  1. Joseph O'Connor

    Hi Shelley,

    I’m getting to release a self-published historical fiction book via Amazon KDP. I have published twenty books, all with traditional publishers who handled all the marketing. A quick question: I’ve reviewed a number of top-recommended virtual blog tour sites (Goddess, Rockstar, xpresso, etc.) from Greg Stranberg’s 2014 blog post here on your website. Are many of these sites even legit? Many of them are very web 1.0 and look like they were built on Google’s old Blogger system. (Many have comments dating back to 2013 on old Blogger systems.) I do a lot of web design and none of these sites look up to date or very legit…yours is the cleanest I’ve seen. I’m not sure I’d be interested in having my book listed on their sites. I would love your thoughts as I don’t want to waste my money.
    Thank you,
    Joseph O’Connor

    • Shelley Sturgeon


      Great question! Thanks for asking.

      I’ve communicated with our experts on this subject. Check back here on Monday, June 8th for an article on this topic.



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