Resources and tips for the self-published author.

Publishing News Roundup Series: Day Two of DBW and Precautions in the Publishing World

by Maureen Crisp •  March 22, 2016  •   Follow

Published in Publishing Tips  •  No comments


This week’s post is all about day two of Digital Book World.

This week’s post also has a lot of really great reads for precautions in the publishing world as a reader and/or writer. First we have an article that discusses how to spot scammers on Amazon, particularly involving Kindle Unlimited’s subscription service. We then discuss the grey area of paying for reviews. These are just a few of the precautions that exist as a self publisher and reader in the publishing world. However, these are some of the most common, and most important:



The Scattered Writers Brain


Last week I linked to a couple of posts on the first day of the Digital Book World Conference. This week Porter Anderson covers Day Two and Jane Friedman shares her takeaways from the whole conference – 4 lessons in publishing. This post has been passed around Social Media quite a few times and is a must read.


Selina Kitt shines a light on scammers on Amazon. This is a sobering read and goes to the heart of the Kindle Unlimited subscription service. It is also a lesson in eBook formatting. Even when you are doing it
right for the reader, you may be doing it wrong.


Jessica West takes a look at the grey area of paying for reviews. No you shouldn’t pay for a review but there are technical services that take a fee and their reviewers are legit. Using one of these services can make you a best seller.


If you’re a children’s author you always have an eye on Bologna. Publishers Weekly interviewed seven agents about what’s hot and what they are looking for at Bologna.


Roz Morris always has something interesting to say. This week she looks at ways to blog about your book without blogging your book. This is always a tricky topic for authors… how do you entice readers to check out your work without giving it all away.


The UK Society of Authors is ramping up their Creator Campaign for Fair Contracts. Many international author societies are supporting this too. When you look at the writing festivals that aren’t paying their
writers and add that to the unfair contracts it can get pretty depressing out there.


Jami Gold has a timely post this week on when you just have to admit you are not a super publishing hero. Sometimes you just can’t do it all. It is an excellent article. Jami asks pointed questions to help you identify if you are falling into this common writing trap.


Ben Zackheim gathered together his list of great podcasts. I have listened to about half of these teams and I must take some time to listen to a few more. Sometimes just listening to authors chew the fat about writing is enough to make you feel energised to get back into your writing.


Booklife pulled together some great people to talk about book reviews and discoverability. This is a must read.


In the Craft Section,
Getting inspired to write– James Scott Bell
The copyedit from Heck– Kristine Rusch – Must Read!
Short Story Secrets-Anne R Allen
In the Marketing Section,
11 reasons why authors need Social Media  Frances Caballo and The Book Designer – Bookmark!
Connecting with readers– Elizabeth Spann Craig -Bookmark
Website of the Week
If you’ve got that book finished and you’re thinking ‘now the hard part begins,’ you are right. However there are a few voices out there in the Blogosphere that can point you in the right direction -marketing wise. Penny Sansevieri has been a marketing Go To site for authors for a few years now. Here are just three posts that caught my eye this week. 50 ways to promote your book– Part One and Two and 5 minute marketing.


To Finish,
I came across this interesting article today on Creativity. What are five areas you would like to grow and develop in your writing? Take Five Fat Files… is a way of refining your goals and making them more achievable.





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.