This Week in the Blogs, September 12 – 18, 2010

by | Sep 19, 2010


As we glide toward fall, plans turn to ramping up publishing and promotion plans. The holidays aren’t far away, and projects we wanted to finish in 2010 are looking at final deadlines as the months dwindle away. It’s the second half of September, and a few good reads will get you ready for another big week. Enjoy!

Mark Coker on Smashwords
New Smashwords Style Guide & Meatgrinder Blades Take Smashwords Ebooks to New Level
“The new Style Guide marks the 42nd and most significant update to the Style Guide since we first released it in November 2008.”

Jane Friedman on There Are No Rules
Back to Basics: A Writer’s 101 Guide to Blogging
“I’m gathering my favorite resources and 101 articles that are helpful for anyone in getting started—and posting them here for everyone to enjoy.”

S. G. Royle on Self-Publishing Review
Self-Publishing or Indie – What’s in a Name
“My publishing goal is simple: put out a great product. That means an attractive cover, no typos, and a well-written, hopefully entertaining story. How hard is that? Damn hard, but it can be done.”

Dan Poynter on Selling Books
Approaching Agents & Publishers While Self-Publishing
“Many nonfiction book writers ask how to approach an agent or publisher. Today the question is when to approach them. Traditionally, writers had to decide between selling out and self-publishing. Their considerations were often reduced to money, time and control.”

L.J. Sellers on Publetariat
How to Write a Great First Draft
“No first draft is publishable as is, but it doesn’t have to suck either. There’s no reason a novelist can’t craft a readable first draft that needs only minor revisions in the second round.”

And For Something a Little Different . . .

Frank Jacobs on Strange Maps
The Fool’s Cap Map of the World
“The archetype of the Fool, presented here in his incarnation as the court jester, is a first indicator of the map’s deeper meaning. In previous ages, the Fool was a court figure allowed to mock majesty and to speak truth to power. ”

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2 Comments

  1. bettymingliu

    you’ve just introduced me to jane friedman’s blog; i think i’ll start following her. btw, it looks like you’ve made little graphic tweaks to your blog since i’ve last been here (i usually read the posts in my email inbo). everything looks great!

    Reply
    • Joel Friedlander

      Betty, that’s a great idea. Jane’s is one of the best and most useful blogs for writers that I know. And yes, I’ve been “tweaking” away, just can’t stop trying to improve things. Thanks for coming over!

      Reply

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