Resources and tips for the self-published author.
by Maureen Crisp • July 11, 2016
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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!)
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
In The Craft Section,
In The Marketing Section,
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.