Resources and tips for the self-published author.
by Maureen Crisp • November 14, 2017
Published in News • 9 comments
As self-publishing hits an all time high, it comes as a shock to authors when programs for it shut down for good.
This past week Macmillan’s Pronoun closed its doors for good. It’s closing has sparked some fear in self-published authors who have used it as an eBook guideline in the past. Their worries expand to what other tools will be taken from them? The best way around this is to have a game plan and a sense of independency in your self-publishing. Be prepared for changes in the market, which will always be occurring.
The Greatest Author Fears
Pic: Flickr Creative Commons- Newtown Grafitti- Purple prose
Authors on the Pronoun distributor website were left scrambling this week. A notice appeared on the Pronoun website saying Goodbye. There was a flurry of comment around the publishing blogosphere. The sages were out in force. Macmillan’s eBook distribution model of gave a great deal to authors but they were not making any money. If it looks too good to be true it’s about to go belly up!
Chris Syme has a great post on Anne R Allen’s blog TamingThe Social Media Beast. If you are looking at your social media engagement and saying too hard… drop in and read this excellent article. Don’t forget to read the comments too.
Susan Spann has a post about bad contracts… as she is a publishing lawyer as well as a published author she knows whereof she speaks, Don’t be afraid to walk away from a publishing deal.
I came across this great post today on what you should do if you fail NaNoWriMo. It is one of those sensible posts that put things into perspective and is a nice little island among the treacherous weeds of NaNo uncertainty.
Backlinko has an amazingly in depth post on SEO. Now before you immediately dismiss this article as being in the too hard basket… Take a look. They explain how Google are using new search algorithms and what that means for content… key words… Titles… etc etc.
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Are you guilty of writing purple prose? Is there a place for purple prose in your writing? Do you need a purple prose self help group? K MWeiland has all the answers.
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.