This Week in the Blogs: December 7 – 13, 2009

by | Dec 13, 2009

As people start to turn their attention to the holiday season, travel arrangements, last-minute shopping, and the celebration of Hannukah starting this week, it’s been a bit quieter in the blogosphere. Here are the blogs that caught my eye this week. I’m always interested in your own finds, so share the wealth, and enjoy!

Around the Web this Week in Independent Publishing

Moriah Jovan in Babbling About Books and More
My Path to Self-Publishing
“When I read of a person getting a publishing contract after ten or fifteen or twenty years of trying, I don’t find that a triumph of perseverance. I find it a tragedy of living one’s life in fear. If writers write to be read, why do so many excellent writers play such bad odds to get that way?”

Tania McCartney on Dee Scribwriting Blog
Self Publishing – One Author’s Experience
“The self-publishing process, at first glance, is most certainly overwhelming. Now that I have three successful self-published books in the bag, the single most frequent question I hear is ‘but how did you do it?’”

Kassia Krozser on Booksquare
Trendwatching 2010 (EBooks)
“This future of words is good, the future of publishing as we know it, hmm, there are justifiable concerns. Right now, the only thing standing in the way of the future of publishing is…yep…the business of publishing.”

Mike Shatzkin on The Idea Logical Blog
Baker & Taylor has the next big thing in ebooks. Really!
“On January 7 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, K-NFB will unveil a new “reading technology.” We in the book business will get to know it as a proprietary ebook platform from Baker & Taylor that has capabilities nothing presented previously can match.”

April L. Hamilton on Publetariat
Death and Taxes
“While I hate to harsh anyone’s holiday season mellow, this is something to which we U.S.-taxpaying authors need to pay attention, especially at this time of year.”

And For Something Completely Different . . .

Shannon Peil on Six Sentences
Rocky Flats
“At this moment, standing alone in a closed-down nuclear weapons facility, holding my dictionary, wearing my respirator, I believed in God for just a second.”

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3 Comments

  1. April L. Hamilton

    I’m afraid there may be many newly-self-pubbed authors out there who will be taken completely by surprise when they receive 1099-MISC earnings statements from Createspace, Lulu, etc. this year. Even though I’m not a tax professional, I thought it made sense to raise the issue and get people thinking about it and going to their tax preparers with some pertinent questions.

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  2. admin

    @April, I was pretty surprised you went into so much detail about taxes for writers, but after thinking about it I think it’s a real service to alert people to something they may not have been paying that much attention to, so thanks for that.

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