9 Self-Publishing Fiction Writers You Should Follow Today by Jason Kong explains what new writers can learn from CJ Lyons, Joanna Penn, Lindsay Buroker, Joe Konrath, David Gaughran, Nathan Bransford, Elizabeth Craig, Hugh Howey, Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant.
He's absolutely right. I follow several of these writers already and their advice has been invaluable. I'm looking forward to familiarizing myself with the rest.
Related: Author Report 2013-2014 Self-publishing is something of a misnomer, given the various ways that authors can publish books outside of a traditional (Should Self-Publishing Authors Hire Editors, Producers and Cover Designers?
Author Claude Nougat has several useful insights, including why literary readers are slower to adopt digital books and how writers can position their literary fiction for the greatest visibility. A must read for writers of non-genre fiction.
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Picture books are a rapidly growing category in self-publishing, but they can also be one of the most challenging types of books to produce. We asked five picture book creators to tell us about their publishing success, share their experiences, and offer advice to other authors. Whether it’s teaming up with a member of the autism community to broaden readership or funding a project on Kickstarter, these indie authors are finding creative ways to fund, publish, and market their books.
Self-published authors of picture books share the secrets of their success.
In a nutshell: "Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts." -- John Green
While you don’t have to hire editors or use beta readers before you self-publish, a book without all that hard work feels, to me, a bit like a novel without a cover -- incomplete and still in development.
Helpful advice on why and how to hire the support you need to succeed.
They say you can't judge a book by its cover. But they're wrong. A cover's there for readers to judge the book—it's a major factor in sales—so getting your cover right is extra important in the competitive market today.
Jordan McCollum gives excellent advice on how to find the right designer and work with them to create the perfect cover for your book.
If you take a business orientated view of the publishing and marketing side of things, you’ll find your chances to sell and make an impact will be greater.
In today's world of publishing, if you're an author, you're an entrepreneur. This article by @NinaAmir tells you how to be a steely eyed winner in a competitive field. Pragmatism and project management are key, so those "in my other life" skills can prove valuable.
"a book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion," in which Kleon addresses with equal parts humility, honesty, and humor one of the quintessential questions of the creative life: How do you get "discovered"?
In some ways, the book is the mirror-image of Kleon's debut – rather than encouraging you to "steal" from others, meaning be influenced by them, it offers a blueprint to making your work influential enough to be theft-worthy.
c/o the always inspiring Brain Pickings, another #mustread by Austin Kleon, author of "Steal like an Artist"
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