This Week in the Blogs, October 16 – 22, 2011

by | Oct 23, 2011

Has Halloween come early this year? I feel like I’ve been seeing people in costumes for the last few weeks. There’s no mistaking the energy and enthusiasm in the indie publishing field, that’s for sure. Here’s some good reading, some good advice, and a good way to spend a few minutes on Sunday. Have fun.

Rob Siders on A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
Guest Post by Rob Siders of 52 Novels
“It’s no longer enough to simply write a great book. You’ve also got to think about your ebook as a core part of your marketing, rather than simply the thing that your marketing is designed to move. Here’re some of the things we often advise.”

Catherine Ryan Howard on Catherine, Caffeinated
Why I Might Stop Self-Publishing Paperbacks
“When you self-publish, your aim should be to sell as many books as you can, to get as many readers as you can and to improve your standing as a writer as much as you can while spending as little as you can without sacrificing quality or professionalism. But when you add paperbacks to the mix, you don’t do that. At least, I don’t do that.”

Robert Francis on The Fall of Print
Why the future looks bright for self-publishers, even without control of placement on Amazon
“The major bottleneck for starting and lesser known writers is gone. It will always be hard to find readers, but at least nothing now stands in the way of your access to them. It may take time, but while you wait, you can be selling, perfecting your craft, building your skills as a writer/publisher/marketer.”

Mark Barrett on Ditchwalk
Self-Publishing Revolution Update
“As a writer I would rather write than manufacture books. But I’m not willing to sit outside the gates of a corrupt industry waiting for a shot to mold myself into whatever literary shape the gatekeepers think will be hot next week.”

Jane Friedman on Jane Friedman
Are You Worried Your Ideas or Work Will Be Stolen?
“The next time you hear a writer say, “I’m worried about my work being stolen,” please send them a link to this post!”


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