Resources and tips for the self-published author.
by Maureen Crisp • December 21, 2017
Published in News • One comment
Everyone is getting ready for the new year, especially writers and artists.
From self-publishing companies changing policies, to more company podcasts, the new year looks like it will have a fresh new face for self-publishing. Self-publishing itself is still thriving happily. Many traditional companies have tried and failed to copy its style, but there is truly nothing else like it. It can’t be mimicked and it will last through the changing publishing tides.
Present and Future Plans
We are rapidly coming to the end of the year. Thoughts turn to finishing up projects before Christmas, the ideal Christmas presents and what projects to start 2018 with.
In the publishing blogosphere Patreon decided this week that increasing charges to people who were only paying a small sum to artists was the way to position themselves for the coming year. They could not have got it more wrong. Artists value their Patrons. Most creative’s have a lot of small donor patrons. These people often support many artists by sharing a couple of dollars a month around a lot of people. It all adds up. The backlash was swift. Patreon realised its blunder today. However the whole experience has left a sour taste in many peoples mouths.
Mark Coker of Smashwords has begun a podcast. He has launched with a few episodes that everyone is talking favorably about. If you listen to podcasts about the writing business you should check it out.
Publishers Weekly reported on the Global Kids Connect panelheld in New York last week. What is selling globally at the moment? Trends were discussed and predictions made…
Orna Ross examines the role of the entrepreneur and discovers that being an author ticks all the boxes. However there are some mindset adjustments for authors. Do you believe in yourself?
Joanna Penn has a great interview with Andy Bromley on selling print books through Ingram and why what they do is so interesting. (P.S. You can always find a discount code to use so it won’t cost you anything.)
The wonderful Tara Sparling has a great post on the 12 days of Christmas for writers except that hers deals with the 12 writing cliches. This is a read and must share with your writing buddies.
Christmas presents for authors… I go into my local stationery shop and spend ages in the journal and pens section… filing boxes are so pretty… Can I justify a new desk… Dream about an office… BuildBook Buzz has a list of gifts for readers and writers… and check out thisgift guide from the Millions website… of course you need book wallpaper.
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And while we are playing with letters… Take a look at this Fantasy Pseudonym Name Generator… You could plan a whole writing career for a pseudonym over the Christmas break….
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.