By Shelley Sturgeon
It’s March Break here next week, a.k.a. Spring Break. If it happens to be Spring Break where you are and you’re off on a travel adventure, be sure to stay safe, have fun and try to find some time to read this week’s great selection of informative articles on self-publishing.
Big Al on Indies Unlimited
You’re So Vain: Vanity Presses Versus Self-Publishing
“Over the years we’ve have several posts regarding companies that some call vanity presses or vanity publishers. About three years ago we had an entire series of posts about these companies, called #PublishingFoul.”
Dan Blank on We Grow Media
Social Anxiety and Sharing Your Creative Work. An interview with Ellen Hendriksen, PhD
“I interview psychologist Ellen Hendriksen, who helps millions calm their anxiety and be their authentic selves. In our chat, we dig into topics that writers and artists constantly struggle with”
L.L. Barkat on Jane Friedman
Why Blog—From the Writer Who Said Goodbye to Blogging
“I promise it wasn’t a stunt. Since it’s been more than five years, I’m thinking you’ll give me that. … See, in late 2012, I said goodbye to blogging. I even wrote about it in a bold way here at Jane’s place. But, just this week, I started blogging again.”
Tim Grahl on Book Launch
The Connection System Book Marketing 101
“Book marketing can be a huge, disastrously overwhelming topic that includes conversations about Twitter and Instagram and Facebook pages and blogs and podcasts and ads and a hundred other things.”
Scott McCormick on Bookbaby Blog
Publishers Are Hiring Sensitivity Readers … Should You?
“The push for more diversity in publishing can sometimes be at odds with the “write what you know” dictum. Writers who want to make their books more diverse want to get it right, which is why authors looking to self-publish might consider engaging sensitivity readers.”
Self-Publishing News You Can Use
By Amy Collins
Audio Books to get Bestseller Treatment from NYT
This week, the New York Times will launch its new audiobook bestseller list, which will appear online on March 8 and in print in the Sunday Book Review on March 18.
Libro.fm, which partners with the American Booksellers Association to offer independent bookstores the opportunity for audiobook sales, reports to the New York Times on behalf of the more than 400 bookstores participating in the Libro.fm indie partner program.
The New York Times’ new audiobook bestseller list will feature the top 15 fiction and top 15 nonfiction audiobook lists, based on sales from the previous month. The lists combine digital and physical audio sales.
Links of Interest
The New York Times to Launch Monthly Audiobook Best-Seller Lists
Libro.fm enables independent stores to sell audiobooks