Just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should.
On this week’s Publishing News Roundup series, we discuss how you know you’re the right fit for self publishing. In parallel with this, we also discuss the general pros and cons of self publishing:
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This week the theme of my weekly roundup seems to be which ever path you choose… choose wisely.
Kris Rusch has a great blog and is well worth reading frequently. This week she comments on writing by committee.
It is a great read and I found myself nodding, having experienced it in the educational publishing world. Some times the ‘team’ can kill the storytelling aspect of the story. Kris then lists what you need to do to succeed as a writer. First get a reader, not a writer, to read the finished draft.
Joanna Penn has been at a crime writer’s conference and she was asked about the pro’s and con’s of self publishing.
Joanna outlines honestly what she is thinks is the good and the bad and has advice for those people trying to make up their minds.
Jane Friedman has a post up on her blog about literary self publishing.
Can you even do this? It seems to be accepted that the literary genre is steeped in the traditional publishing model. But really literary is just a genre and you can self publish it if you are careful about it.
James Scott Bell continues his series – Is our writing culture in mortal danger?
This week he looks at whether it is a good time to be a writer. He says yes and then tells you why. Long live storytelling.
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Website of the Week
Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi started a little website (The Bookshelf Muse) exploring words that described emotion. Then the Emotion Thesaurus was born followed by The Positive Trait Thesaurus and then The Negative Trait Thesaurus. These books are fast becoming the go to indispensible books on the writer’s desk, right next to the dictionary. Angela and Becca have just launched their fourth book The Emotional Wounds Thesaurus
… and it looks just as great as their other books.
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.