What more can Amazon come up with to change the publishing landscape?
(I hear you whimpering.) The Kindle, Subscription reading, CreateSpace, Audible, GoodReads... Taaa Daa.... Amazon Charts.
No more wondering what book is the biggest seller... No more wondering if anybody has even read the bestseller or if the publisher bought the slot. Now every Wednesday you can find out... and that’s not all everyone in publishing is talking about. Porter Anderson takes a look at the first list.
Reedsy has published a white paper where they examine the take up of editorial freelancers to Traditional Publishers. With everyone outsourcing for editing, design, formatting, proofing etc, in publishing, is everyone on a level playing field?
Scribd has finally ‘fessed up to how big their subscriber base is... and they have added newspaper subscriptions... so is this where we are headed? Instead of subscribing individually to news outlets we subscribe to a service and have a buffet from everyone?
Digital Book World takes a close look at why audiobook growth is soaring.
Along with The Creative Penn podcast I like to drop in to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing podcast. This week, the team were the interviewees. This was a great listen on what they are all individually doing to market their work. (After all they’ve learned from their guests....)
Kris Rusch continues her branding series of posts with a meaty article on the first things to define when you are sorting out your brand. This is a writer must read. Even if you think you know what you are doing, take the time to read this.
Jane Friedman has an interesting post on how mainstream media outlets sometimes highlight the wrong thing in a publishing story... She uses the latest publishing news about Amazon changing the buy buttons on their site as an example. Are 3rd party operators really that bad if they bid for and get control of the buy button on your book?
If you are wondering about how you can get the word out about your book... Check out The Book Blogger List... It is an amazing resource of who’s who in the Book Blog review world.
How to form an Indie Collective (There she goes again... Seriously, why wouldn’t you?) Take a look at all the different ways you can use each others expertise.
In The Craft Section,
Choosing the right protagonist- K M Weiland- Bookmark
Two great posts from Now Novel- How to write a classic and Writing Suspense Cliffhangers
How to write better endings- Writers On The Move
Writing subtext- Forever Writers- Bookmark
Creating believable characters- Grace Rankin
Romantic Subplots- Writers Write
In The Marketing Section,
How to write an author bio- Anne R Allen- Bookmark
Amazon ads for indies-Frances Caballo
Using Statistics to find your ideal reader- Bookworks
Children’s Book covers-Penny Sansevieri
Creating a successful email campaign- Bibliocrunch
Optimizing your back cover- Bookworks- Bookmark
Content marketing for authors- WritetoDone
Go local in your publicity first- The Book Designer
Using Goodreads effectively- Barb Drozdowich- Bookmark
Jami Gold has rounded up some interesting resources for the cash strapped author. Oooh Shiny Shiny... and I’m not just talking about the way to put glitter animation on your book cover...