Saturday, October 10, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blogathon Day 120 -- Hot Links Saturday

Hot Links Saturday -- This Week's Top 5 Publishing Links

Publishers, Not Amazon Responsible for Author Poverty Wages about that? And this an article from Publisher's Weekly. I'm sure a lot of heads exploded in the big apple after this article. It is DEFINITELY worth a read. 

Now, I'm not being conspiratorial here but I've seen articles over the last two weeks about Ebook sale slipping...and then I read this. Just something to make you go, hmmmmmmm. 

Pronoun, A Self-Publishing Platform for Indie Authors

I would summarize this but it's better to just pull this magical quote from the article. 

“Pronoun is different because it’s the only platform that gives authors everything they need to create and publish their book, track its performance, and improve its online visibility over time,” said Brody. “Second, we’re the only platform that performs data analysis on the entire book market to help every author position their book for maximum visibility. Third, we bring together a network of professional service providers – editors, cover designers, and publicists – all of whom have been endorsed by authors and vetted by Pronoun. Finally, it’s all free.”

I think I speak for all indie authors when I say, "Mhmmm hmmmm. We shall see." 

It's Time to Rethink How We Create and Publish Books 

And in other news about how the indie book industry can drain more money from author's pockets--we have Reedsy. 

Reedsy is a "platform that enables authors to collaborate with professional editors, designers and marketers directly rather than through a publishing house."

Apparently they've plucked professionals from traditional publishing who will offer services that allow you to publish a book for less than $15,000. My guess is between $3,000 to $5,000--for starters given they've got Stephen King's cover designer and other professionals who have worked with top authors in the industry. 

Want to Succeed inSelf-Publishing? Take Your Time: Tips from an Indie Author

One of my biggest challenges this year has been learning the art of patience. Not rushing. Coming up with a plan and not allowing myself to feel compelled to stray from it. This is a great article that reinforces this and other key principles of indie publishing.

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