This week in publishing,
Amazon have decided to do away with Mobi files except for certain fixed formats like picture books. The ePub format can now be loaded onto your Kindle without being converted. As publishing commentators say… it’s about time. The ePub format is accepted everywhere else.
Down under, there is a ripple of concern over Booktopia, Australia’s online bookstore. The CEO resigned which triggered a share price plunge. Newspapers speculate it was over a huge earnings slump… the book business is alright isn’t it?
This week Darcy Pattison highlighted a problem with ISBN’s. Apparently, the 13 digit ISBN starting with 978 is running out. New ISBN’s are being issued and they aren’t being accepted anywhere as distributors haven’t caught up with the news.
Joanna Penn recently interviewed small business guru Elaine Pofeldt who has a new book out. Tiny Business Big Money. This interview is a deep dive into running an author business and what is essential to get right.
Anne R Allen has a post on debut author book marketing. There are some scammy operators out there who target debut authors with junk marketing. The worst I’ve seen is an outfit wanting to take your book to Frankfurt to go on display…and charging a few thousand. In reality, there was an out-of-the-way stand with some books chucked on a table. No human presence at all. If you know anything about Frankfurt Book Fair, this is scammy on so many levels. Anne details other insidious practices.
The Alliance of Independent Authors has a new Ultimate Guide out- The Ultimate Guide to Estate Planning (part one). This is a must-read for everyone. Make a time to put down what you want to have happen in the future. Things like social media executors, where all your passwords are, who gets the film royalties….
Kris Rusch has a great post on endings and how important they are in selling your next book. Are you paying attention to the payoff? Loads of food for thought in this post.
Written Word Media has an in depth article on dictation. If you have been flirting with the idea, take a look at their tool comparison.
Do you need to write every day? On one hand, you are teaching the muse to show up. On the other hand, you could be feeding a destructive guilt cycle. Check out Katie’s Weiland’s list of pro’s and con’s.
In The Craft Section,
The definitive list of cliched dialogue- Scott Myers
2 Great posts from K M Weiland -Why your story’s premise is important and
The role of the antagonist in story structure- Bookmark Both
Using crisis to reveal character- September Fawkes – Bookmark
Setting goals, Writing to win- Beth Barany- Inspirational
In The Marketing Section,
Top 5 Strategies for promoting books on Social Media- Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark
2 in depth posts from Bookbub Insights- How to sell more copies of a book you published years ago and How an anthology got boosted rankings
Instagram stories for authors – Sandra Beckwith- Bookmark
Republish vs Updating- Dave Chesson- Bookmark
Why a good book cover is crucial- Thao Nguyen
We are heading for halfway through the year, how are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up? If you made publishing that novel as a resolution and you are feeling a bit lost, Jordan at Now Novel as the definitive How To Publish A Novel in 2022, post for you.
For all the other writers who are on top of their resolutions… send encouraging energy to the rest of us.
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