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Publishing News Roundup Series: How Indie Publishers Can Rise Above the Herd

by Maureen Crisp •  July 11, 2016  •   Follow

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The pro about the rise of digital is the easy accessibility to publish anytime, anywhere. The con: The influx of publishing noise.

So how can an indie publisher get above the noise? Jon Fine says its all about paying attention to the specific details. Get those right, and your book is bound to be more unique. And the best thing about publishing something unique? It’s more likely to get noticed. Target to your specific market. Make marketing promotions specifically for them. It’s the details that count!



Publishing This Way And That


July has stumbled in stomping its feet about the weather and cursing about never getting a clear run at being jolly cold. (Why are my jonquils out? Its not Spring yet!)


In the roundup this week, Porter Anderson chats with Jon Fine on the perceived curatorial mark that Traditional Publishers bring. Jon has interesting points to raise because he has worked on both sides of the fence. He points out that Indie publishers can rise above the herd if they pay attention to all the details.


Why is Dystopian Fiction popular? Are we living in a dystopian future now? This is an interesting article from European publishers about why Dystopian fiction sells to their teen audience but at the cost of
their own countries voices.


For the Typography buffs out there, some good news. Google has reorganised its Font Library for the web.  You can find fonts easily and they have a nifty comparison widget. Why is that interesting… because they have a whole lot of free fonts and you can use them on websites and other places where people might read interesting stuff online written by you.


Kris Rusch has another Deal Breakers post. This looks at Contract termination language. In these days of ebook perpetuity how can you negotiate a termination clause and what should you ask for. This is really
interesting, as the term out of print in the digital age now has no meaning.


James Scott Bell has a great post on writing advice you should ignore. That doesn’t mean ignore the post. James has written quite a few excellent writing craft books and is one of my go to craft book gurus. Here he takes issue with some of that tired old writing advice and explains how you can break the rules


Joanna Penn has an interesting interview with 3D designer about how writers can utilise 3D design. No they aren’t completely opposite. Children and Young Adult writers will be able to see the value straight
In The Craft Section,
Combining genres- Stephen Pressfield
Choosing the right story setting– KM Weiland Bookmark
151 Plot resources– Now Novel
The 5 key turning points– C S Lakin- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
Book promotion – Do this, not that – The Book Designer- Bookmark
Create a box set bundle– Joanna Penn-Bookmark


To Finish,
If you are looking into a publishing future that is starting to have overtones of a dystopian landscape and you aren’t quite sure about self publishing, an Australian print company has a step by step overview of what you need to know. Google has a lot of answers to questions. Read widely about how others are doing it before you you leap in.



About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.