This Week in the Blogs, January 14 – 20, 2017

by | Jan 22, 2017

If you’ve got your head down, concentrating on your writing and self-publishing projects, you might want to stop for a few minutes and read the roundup today. Some great stuff here for fiction and nonfiction writers alike. Enjoy!

Lindsay Buroker on Lindsay Buroker
Streamlining Your Writing, Publishing, and Marketing Process to Become a More Profitable Author
“2016 was a tough year for a lot of indie authors, with people reporting everything from flawed reporting and not getting credit for page reads in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program to no longer being able to get Bookbub ads to no longer being able to afford Facebook ads due to their increasing popularity with authors.”

Ricardo Fayet on Self Publishing Advice Center
Indie Publishing 2.0: The Power of Collaboration
“It’s safe to say that “self-publishing” doesn’t mean the same thing it did ten years ago. As the number of independent authors continues to grow at an exponential rate, the act of self-publishing is beginning to take on many shapes and forms.”

Catherine Ryan Howard on Catherine Ryan Howard
How to Do Goodreads Giveaways (and Why You Should)
“Back in August 2014, I blogged about Goodreads giveaways and what I thought was best practice for authors interested in using them as a means of promoting their books [Goodreads Giveaways: Don’t Do What You’re Told]. Since then, Goodreads has made a number of significant changes to their giveaways and so it’s high time for an update…”

Jennifer Brown Banks on How to Blog a Book
6 Vocal Tips to Help Writers Cultivate Voice
“As writers, our “voice” serves as an integral part of our brand as well. … That’s why it’s important for us, as bloggers and writers, to cultivate voice if we are to capture the attention of readers, captivate them, and stay on their “dial.””

Stephanie Chandler on Nonfiction Authors Association
More Ways to Leverage LinkedIn for Business Authors
“For any author in the business arena, LinkedIn is an important place to maintain a social media presence. Though it’s substantially smaller than Facebook, the audience on LinkedIn consists primarily of business professionals. Here are some ways to leverage LinkedIn”

Self-Publishing News You Can Use

By Amy Collins

Gallup Poll Shows Number of American Book Readers Not Affected by Smart Phones or Computers

The announcement of Gallup’s findings on Jan 6th was heartening to publishers and authors.

“Despite the abundance of digital diversions vying for their time and attention, most Americans are still reading books. In fact, they are consuming books at nearly the same rate that they were when Gallup last asked this question in 2002 — before smartphones, Facebook or Twitter became ubiquitous. More than one in three (35%) appear to be heavy readers, reading 11 or more books in the past year, while close to half (48%) read between one and 10 and just 16% read none.” – Gallup Poll Social Series

The study goes on the show that older Americans are the fastest growing reading population right now. Also, the METHOD of book reading came as bit of a surprise. Print books are not as weak or slipping as far as previously believed.


Links of Interest
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  1. Brenda

    Thought you might like to know that the link posted under “More Ways to Leverage LinkedIn for Business Authors” has been flagged as a phishing website and is being blocked by some anti-virus software.

    • Stephanie Chandler

      Hi Brenda, You must be using Kaspersky virus protection. They have had the site blocked for months, despite the site passing a full security check with Google and multiple requests to clear it up. We’re hearing that some users are no longer getting this warning from them recently, so it may be that you need to update to the latest version. Sorry for the inconvenience!


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