How to Publish an Ebook: Resources for Authors…

Absolutely a must read for authors who are trying to get epublished. Not an easy process and definitely, this post with its great repertoire of links is a great help. Thanks again for Chris sharing this wonderful resource!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Article by Jane Friedman, on her site:

About the only thing that remains constant in ebook publishing is that it changes—everything from the services to marketing strategies.

Here, I regularly update best resources I know of related to learning to publish an ebook, finding the right e-publishing distributors and services, and staying on top of changes in the industry.

Get further details at:

Resources for Authors

View original post

Posts I loved this week

Though it had its losses, this week in posts was absolutely awesome. Check them out below!

I love diverse, complicated characters. Here‘s a great post on how to create those nifty, deeply layered personalities in your books by Nicohle Christopherson in Writerology and, before you leave the site, check out this other post. It’s got tips on how to take a character who appears nice and move them over to the ‘nasty’ side of things with just a slight personality change. Awesome post by Skye.

Super-interesting and certainly a stand out post, I loved this one by Alianne Donnelly because it was gutsy, eloquent and full of passion.

Robin Williams passed away this week and this particular post about him was so beautifully written that it moved me to include it here. It has incredible poetry and wonderful prose from I Am not the Batman.

7 reasons why writing a book makes you a champion, what a lovely message by Now Novel.

Just an indulgence on my part, this post has 50 weird town names in Canada you won’t be able to pronounce from Reader’s Digest! Hilarious–at least to me.

A fantastic blog by a wonderful person, Gene’O is reorganizing things. I’m so excited because I know there are good things coming our way on this blog, Just Gene’O. Just look at what he’s planning!

Great tips for your blog posts, this one is from Jeff Bullas and his site is oozing with awesome posts on how to improve traffic.

Yet more reasons to switch to indie publishing from an author who’s been traditionally published, , via Jane Friedman.

A lovely twist on waiting so that it becomes a gift. I needed to read this post by  in Writer Unboxed because I hate waiting.

I don’t have a publishing contract, I simply envy those who do, but this post is for those of you who do because there are hidden dangers inside those contracts. This is a post on what to look for in your contract by Susan Spann a pro on Writers in the Storm.

From Hannibal Lecter to Jaws, the villain can make or break a story. This post is about creating a fantastic one for your story on Live Write Thrive.

A great post on images and where to get them by Jamie Lee Wallace on Live to Write – Write to Live.

If you write historical fiction or romance, you might want to check out this post on No Wasted Ink. It has a great list with explanations of each site and what they can give you.

Maybe it was the coffee, but this post has some of the best tips for breaking Writer’s Block  I have seen. A huge thanks to Succeed at Writing for this post!

A list of 12 things every indie author needs to know by Knite Writes. I knew some of them but others were complete surprises.

A great post by Mishka Jenkins, it has four different ways of creating a plot with their pros and cons.

Writing tips from J.R.R. Tolkien that are not only wise but uplifting. I loved this post from Writers in the Storm.

Finally, a huge congrats to Winter Bayne, a fantastic author, on her publishing contracts and her new look!

Publishing in a brave new world

So you have a manuscript and you want to publish it. Today, you may have more choices than ever before. You can publish it by the traditional route of getting an agent and getting a publishing contract or you can go the independent route. Like all really tough decisions, there are pros and cons to both venues. Since I’m so new to the entire process, I have a few posts that discuss them for us written by the pros.

* Claire Cook wrote this one on Jane Friedman’s blog. She used to be a traditionally published author…until bad things happened. She has a candid view on what can go wrong and what to look out for. I was stunned.

* The Passive Voice is a great site because it deals with the legal aspect of publishing for both indie and traditional authors. Check out this post on the pros and cons of both, Two Different Worlds or this one on indie authors making a living self-publishing.

* In this one, Nathan Bransford argues that there is no right way, there’s only your way and discusses pros and cons of each.

* In this one from , two authors discuss the pros and cons of each path to publishing bliss.

One final note, there are some traditionally published authors who are suddenly self-publishing their books. Something else to keep in mind when making that decision.

Maya Banks is self-publishing her Tangled Hearts trilogy.

Nalini Singh is coming out with a surprise ebook: Rock Addiction that’s a contemporary romance (completely new genre for her) in September.

The publishing industry is changing rapidly and so are the pros and cons of publishing. This brings us back to you. What do you think? Which way is better for you?

Note: Apparently, that was the printing press back in the day!

Writing tips

I read these and thought they were too good not to share. Writing tips that I certainly needed. I hope you find them just as useful!

Emily Wenstrom argues that there are three times you should stop writing. Check it out here.

 gives 3 great insights into writing success here.

 shares the ins and outs of tropes here. (Ahem…I have to add that I had no idea what a trope was.)

 has these great tips for writing with a completely different perspective here.

Hope they helped get you writing!

Tips for marketing

Tiana Warner had this great post about marketing in Jane Friedman‘s awesome site. I actually was almost reluctant to read it because I had heard all the hard-sales pitches before. I don’t like it when someone tries to sell me something. I make up neither does anyone else. Shouting out: Buy my book! Just doesn’t work–at least for me.

But Tiana surprised me because her approach was completely different. I loved when she said:

“Marketing is no longer about ads. It’s about adding value to peoples’ lives with content….Be generous without expecting or asking for anything in return. Generosity is the foundation of a strong following.”

I loved that because it sounded kind…and maybe because there was a bit of Zen in there. No?

Try this quote:

“We shouldn’t try to stand out of the crowd. The crowd will make us change who we are. The way to stand out is to avoid the crowd altogether.”

It’s definitely a different way to approach marketing and incredibly refreshing. These 7 ideas are exactly that, different and refreshing. What a great post! A big thanks to Tiana Warner for them!

 

Indie Publishing tips

I found a couple of great sites for indie publishers.

This one is by Joel Friedlander. It has not only won awards, it has resources on learning from others, on Social Media, on the pros and cons of indie publishing and more. Check it out here.

This one is by CJ Lyons has a ton of resources. Everything from cover art, to a tool box, to 4 pitfalls to avoid. Check it out here.

Jane Friedman has a great page on resources. From getting started and fighting self-doubt to News and trends. Check it out here.

Wise Ink blog has a great page full of resources for indie authors. Check it out here.

Hope these help! 🙂