This Week in the Blogs, November 11 – 17, 2017

by | Nov 19, 2017

By Shelley Sturgeon

I read somewhere this week that more people read on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. I can picture that, can’t you? Curled up somewhere cozy, full from a big Thanksgiving dinner, relaxed–and reading a nice thick novel. I wonder what day of the year people write the most?

Just a quick note, our e-Book Cover Design for October’s submissions will actually be published on Monday, November 27th this month, a week later than usual. It’s an extra big post this month. Don’t miss it.

Jay Artale on Self Publishing Advice Center
Fringe Highlight Podcast: How Authors use Podcasts to grow their Brand
“If you’re considering starting a podcast to raise your indie author profile and grow your audience, Tim shares the what, why, and when of podcasting for beginners.”

Sandra Beckwith on Build Book Buzz
How to create a book publicity tip sheet
“When Irish children’s author Avril O’Reilly sent a tip sheet to media outlets throughout Ireland, she had immediate success that included newspaper and television exposure for her book, Kathleen and the Communion Copter.”

Dan Wagstaff on The Casual Optimist
Book Covers of Note, November 2017
“It’s my last monthly cover round-up of the year! Watch out for my review of 2017 next month…”

Jane Friedman on Jane Friedman
Unpublished Writers and Websites: Should You Have One and What Should It Say?
“If you plan to pursue writing as a professional, long-term career, I recommend starting and maintaining an author website even if you’re unpublished.”

Stephanie Chandler on Nonfiction Authors Association
20+ Pro Tips to Dazzle During Your Next Speaking Engagement
“As an author, if you want to increase your book sales and reach more potential readers, get yourself out on the speaking circuit.”

Too Good To Miss

Todd Brison on Medium
The Epic 4,000-Word Guide to Differentiating Yourself as a Writer
“It’s difficult to separate yourself as a writer. Your Instagram friends will cross the world and shoot infinite exotic and beautiful locations. You will lock yourself in a room, pushing buttons to try and express how you feel. The latter is not a natural thing.”

Self-Publishing News You Can Use

By Amy Collins

Chapters Indigo Announce That They Plan to Enter the US Market!

This is big guys….
While Barnes & Noble, the largest chain bookstore in the United States, has been struggling, Canada’s largest bookseller, Indigo Books & Music, announced plans to expand into the United States for the first time, starting in New Jersey in the summer of 2018. Currently, Indigo runs 89 superstores under the names Indigo and Chapters, plus 122 smaller stores under the names Coles, Indigospirit, SmithBooks, and The Book Company. Unlike B&N, Indigo’s online sales grew 15 percent last year, and in the Canadian ebook market, Kobo outsells Amazon.

Links of Interest

Indigo Reports Q2 Results: Continued strong revenue growth of 3.5%; 16 quarters of consecutive quarterly revenue growth
 
Indigo

 
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