Posts Tagged ‘publishing’

  Today I’m reposting a terrific blog post by Gary Smailes

Stop by and check out more of Gary’s thought provoking site   >>>>>>          ProactiveWriter.com

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       28 Blogs Every Writer Should Read

 14 JANUARY 2013 –   –  GARY SMAILES –   

Here’s a list of some of the blogs for writers we read on a regular basis.   Great stuff.

Andrew Lownie Literary Agency: UK literary agent blogging from an agent’s viewpoint.

Authors on Show: Blog for Authors on Show website, lots of marketing stuff.

Author Marketing Experts: Blog for Author Marketing Experts website, as the name suggests this is marketing based.

Author Media: Blog for Author Media wedsite, mostly marketing stuff.

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It has been one unbelievably fun year since my first novel was published.   New writer friends, reader feedback, sales, and an experience that exceeded my wildest dreams (and I can have some doggone wild dreams!)   The social media aspect of this past year has been off the charts cool.  I have made dozens of writer friends and thus tapped into this incredible community of folks who are just like me (though probably less weird).  They are smart, funny, supportive, and just downright nice.  Hats off to all of you.  You set the standard  for what social media is all about.

2012 would not have played out this way without a couple of very special folks who contributed their time and enthusiasm to my project.  So here is a holiday shout out of thanks to some very, very special folks (in random order) —

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From Publishers Weekely —

At the 2012 Miami Book Fair, Self-Publishing Takes Center Stage

By Andrew Albanese |
Nov 20, 2012

There still may be some questions about the potential impact of self-publishing, but if the 2012 Miami Book Fair is any indication, self-publishing has gained acceptance among readers and would-be authors. From a pre-fair feature article in the Miami Herald to an informative panel on self-publishing—a prominent theme for this year’s fairgoers was: how do I get published? And in a visible change from even just a year ago, the question is no longer whether self-publishing is a viable option, but rather how to do it—and do it well.

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I’ve prided myself on being a decent practical jokester but the wifey and her friends pulled a fast one on me (and a few other Dads)………  had to share.

The Classic “Fake Orgasm” scene from “When Harry Met Sally”

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Very proud to announce that on September 1st,  “Shades of Gray” was picked by  Reader’s Favorite as one of the finalist in the category of Fiction – Suspense.  Several authors that I know

have been chosen as finalists.  Readers Favorite is a wonderful place for both readers and writers.  Stop by and meet a good  group of writers who have written books that you will enjoy.

 

Check them out at:     http://readersfavorite.com/2012-award-contest-winners.htm#Fiction-Suspense-a

                     Get your copy of   “Shades of Gray”  by clicking below (or just visit Amazon)

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This is a terrific blog posting from writer Alisha Paige.  I find it interesting to read comments from writers who are experienced in being traditionally published AND have published themselves.  Thanks Alisha for your comments and thoughts.   I know they will be valuable to others as well.

Check out Alisha’s books and excellent blog at     alishapaige.blogspot.com/

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Today I’m debunking myths within the indie world. In other words, I’ve heard some crazy rumors flying around some writing blogs and I want to get the truth out for a couple of reasons. 1) I hate how negative rumors can ruin a very good thing. 2) If I were a new writer considering indie publishing my book, I know for a fact that if I read some of the false blogs about inflated costs, I’d probably never take the risk to indie pub my books and that makes me sad. 😦

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reposting some info by the well-informed queen of snark, Rachel Thompson, who

went to BEA this year and sent back these thoughts, which are best enjoyed with a martini in hand –

TOP 5 LESSONS FROM BOOKEXPO AMERICA 2012 (BEA12)

I loved these comments from Rachel Poling regarding social media “fallacies”.  Check your “Social Media IQ” against these items from Rachel’s most nimble brain.    You can find more excellent posts from her at      http://rachelannpoling.com/2012/05/20/four-fallacies-of-social-media/   and her contact info is at the end of the post.

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Are You Falling For One of These 4 Fallacies of Social Media?

Paths you do not want to go down.

I’ll get right to the point. There are so many people who are being misled in their thinking about how social media works. It is very obvious to see the results of this thinking in failed “campaigns” and spammy tactics that make people like me cringe.

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Jeff Bennington writes insightful posts on his experiences as a writer and as a provider of services to self-published authors.  He’s very active on Twitter and on other social media sites.    Here is his blog site –

http://thewritingbomb.blogspot.com/2012/05/common-lies-self-published-authors.html

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As an indie author I have to confess that I am guilty of believing a lie — not just one, but many. They are the same lies I see self-published authors fall for all the time. I see the lies in tweets, in emails, in DM’s and blog posts. The lies run rampant. The lies are deadly. The lies set writers up for failure and they are like a disease that has the potential to thin out the indie author population within a couple of years.

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