This week seems to be all about saving money. It started with the fantastic article by Anne R Allen on Self Publishing money wasters. This is a great article and a real heads up on what not to spend your money on. As always with articles like this read the comments because there are a few more tips in the conversations.
Saving money seems to be the theme with the publishers. This week The Guardian reported that Pearson is switching to a Netflix style rental option for its academic textbooks. Is this a good idea? I saw one horror story, this week where a parent copped a $3000 fine for a student's overdue textbook.
Every week I try to drop in on the Twitter chat that Rachel Thompson hosts around Book Marketing. Often her fellow co-host is an Author Virtual Assistant- The Rural VA. This is not an AI but a real human person whom authors can employ to do tedious work for you. Here is a guest article about working with an author assistant.
Last month I mentioned that libraries were being stung by the new policies around library copies of ebooks that the publishers were imposing. Libraries pay for very expensive digital copies that have kill codes embedded in them, which activate after so many borrows. Some publishers are now changing the terms and it’s biting libraries and their wallets. Publishers Weekly explores that brick wall that libraries are up against. This week a librarian about to retire decided to vent her feeling about the disenfranchisement that these lending policies are causing communities.
The DIYMFA ( Do it Yourself Master of Fine Arts) site has loads of great articles. Have a trawl around the site. There is an article for every writer there. One recent article from Helen Darling was on Indie publishing budgets. How to think about them and prepare yourself for business.
This week Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware rounded up the seven publishers that she has the most complaints about. It’s a sad list as their ads are everywhere and they make themselves look so legit. Please take the time to look at the list so you can advise newbies to stay away from their fishing hooks.
Kris Rusch is on week four of her licensing journey. This week she talks about inventory. Do you have a comprehensive master sheet of your inventory anywhere? Most of us don’t. A few files in various hard drives or filing cabinets. This is an important and overlooked document. There is money in knowing what you own, what rights you haven’t signed away.
In the Craft Section,In search of a moral compass- Writer Unboxed- READ THIS! Bookmark
Character descriptions, avoid boring stuff- Angela Ackerman- Bookmark
4 tips to get unstuck with hard emotion- Lisa Hall Wilson
Story Climax- The Write Practice
Exploring nonlinear narrative- Art of Narrative
In The Marketing Section,4 dirty secrets about author social media marketing- Frances Caballo
Ten business models for Indie Authors – Orna Ross
Mailchimp or Mailerlite -which one for budget-conscious authors- Rachel McCollin
10 reasons you aren’t getting book reviews and how to fix this- Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark
How to write good jacket copy – Nathan Bransford- Bookmark
12 SEO tips to drive traffic and sell books – The Book Designer- Bookmark
To FinishSaving money is what the lean Indie Publisher is all about, so with that in mind, Nate Hoffelder has a list of ten free online graphic and image manipulation tools. This is a BOOKMARK resource. Take a look at all that is possible for ... ZERO dollars.
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