By Shelley Sturgeon
Several of the articles in this week’s selection have generated a lot of response from readers. Why not take a look and get in on the conversations?
And, if you’d like to participate in this month’s Carnival of the Indies blog carnival, don’t forget that the deadline for submissions is July 15th.
Jane Friedman on Jane Friedman
Author Income Surveys Are Misleading and Flawed—And Focus on the Wrong Message for Writers
“Reliably, every year or so, you’ll see headlines about new research that claims author incomes are on the decline. The most recent is from the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), a British nonprofit run by writers for writers.”
Rachelle Gardner on Rachelle Gardner
12 Mistakes Authors Make in Connecting with Readers
“The whole idea of “building a platform” and “marketing your book” is to get people to read what you’ve written. Whether you’re traditionally or self-published, connecting with potential readers is crucial.”
Therese Walsh on Writer Unboxed
13 Ways to Promote Before Publication
“For a self-published author, a swell of preorders can trigger algorithms that wake retail sites like Amazon to your book’s presence.”
Frances Caballo on Social Media Just for Writers
Not on Instagram? Use It to Build Your Brand, Find Success
“According to the 2018 Pew Research Center report on social media data, Instgram is the second most popular online platform, after YouTube”
Anne R. Allen on Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
Writing the Dreaded Novel Synopsis? These 2 Simple Hacks Will Help
“It’s not just agents and publishers who will ask for a synopsis of your novel. Reviewers, bloggers, and bookstore owners usually want to see a short synopsis, too.”
Self-Publishing News You Can Use
By Amy Collins
Audiobook Sales Skyrocket
Earlier this month the Association of American Publishers reported that audiobook revenue surged 29.5 percent in 2017, compared to the previous year. For some writers, audiobook sales are outpacing other formats.
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