This Week in the Blogs, October 30 – November 5, 2011

by | Nov 6, 2011

It’s starting to get chilly here, but the blogs just keep heating up, much like the world of writers who decide to publish their own books. It’s quite a journey, made a bit easier by having companions such as these writers as guides along the way.

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) on Writer Unboxed
Self-Published Authors Have Great Power, But Are They Taking Responsibility?
“I worry that all this proselytizing about empowerment is starting to become so pervasive that writers now assume there’s nothing that a publisher offers that they could possibly need. Or that professional help would have little or no impact on the quality of their work or future career. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg on WSJ: Small Business Blog
Secret of Self-Publishing: Success
“The question that most intrigues would-be self-published authors isn’t whether they’ll be viewed as literary outcasts, but how to do it and what it costs. Simply getting attention is an enormous challenge.”

David Gaughran (@DavidGaughran) on IndieReader.com
The Future is Indie
“We have seen self-publishers capture more and more of the top spots. For the last few months, indies were responsible for between a third and a quarter of the top-selling e-books on Amazon.”

Henry Baum (@SelfPubReview) on Self-Publishing Review
Problems and Opportunities with Kindle’s Automatic Pricing
“A cautionary tale this week about a writer whose book was set to free for the Kindle by mistake.”

Jeff Bennington (@TweettheBook) on The Writing Bomb
Keys to Self-Publishing Success
“Don’t let the excitement and social buzz short circuit your writing goals. Going indie is easier than you think. That’s not to say that you won’t work hard, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming, if you stick with the basics.”

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