By Shelley Sturgeon
Welcome October! We’re three quarters of the way through 2020 and I’m still trying to figure out how that happened. Like it or not, it seems time flies even if you’re not necessarily having fun!
How are your writing and self-publishing projects coming along? On schedule for the year? If not, don’t be too hard on yourself. We’ve had more than the usual amount of distractions this year, haven’t we?
Gentle nudge time…
If you were planning to submit your articles to our Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies blog carnival for October’s edition, please do so by Thursday, October 15th.
If you were planning to submit your e-book cover to our e-Book Cover Design Awards for October, you have until Halloween (Saturday, October 31st) to do so.
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Have a good week. Be well and stay safe! See you back here next Friday!
Jane Friedman on Jane Friedman
Online Book Events: A Necessary Pivot in 2020, But How Do You Compete?
“The entirety of the publishing community has turned its eye toward online events as a way to spread word of mouth about books—even as lockdown restrictions have eased.”
Dan Wagstaff on The Casual Optimist
Book Covers of Note, September 2020
“Another rather rushed update this month I’m afraid, which is especially disappointing given how many new books there out at this time of year. I’m sure I’ve missed more than a few great covers here, but hopefully I will catch them before the end of the year…”
Brian Jud on BookBaby Blog
How to Work With a Book Marketing Consultant
“If you work with a knowledgeable, competent book publishing/marketing consultant, you can minimize — or hopefully eliminate — costly errors. Here are some things to consider when choosing and working with an advisor.”
Kimberley Grabas on Your Writer Platform
Using Fanfiction to Build your Audience, Brand, and Platform
“Fandom is a term used to describe communities built around a shared enjoyment and fascination with an aspect of pop culture, such as books, musicians, celebrities, internet personalities, movies, or TV series.”
Mark Williams on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Center
International Insights: Kobo
“Kobo is regarded by many indies as an afterthought, because it is famously not a big player in the US. But as we’ll shortly see, Kobo is bigger in the US than we might think, and beyond the US borders Kobo is in fact a treasure trove for the internationalist indie willing to step outside the shadow of Amazon.”