How in the world can you keep up with all the changes in the publishing industry? You want and need the best information possible so you can engage the right agents, write compelling books to your target audience, and sell a lot of those books.
Here are three more recommendations to add to my initial list. The following people take their jobs very seriously – keeping up with what’s going on and bringing you information on interesting writers and their books, advice on how to market and sell your book, background and updates on lawsuits, or just some interesting ideas for you to ponder.
No matter where you are in the writing or publishing process, you will learn something new from each of these experts. At a minimum, you’ll find out the questions to ask for any of your current or future projects – the best cure for the “I don’t know what I don’t know” disease.
- Joel Friedlander, www.thebookdesigner.com, whose website was recently named one of Writer’s Digests 101 Best Websites for Writers 2012, has a fabulous blog that provides everything from advice on the best fonts for books, interviews with successful authors and publishers, and tips on how to create metadata and get testimonials to his monthly e-book cover design awards. His background includes printing, graphic design, typography, and book publishing. His site includes more than 700 articles.
- Passive Guy, www.thepassivevoice.com, a lawyer, entrepreneur, and former tech executive and writer, offers a fresh take on Amazon, copyright issues, contracts (between agents and authors and between publishers and authors, to name just a few), e-books, Google, piracy, and the craft of writing. His perspective provokes good questions and great discussions on our ever-changing industry.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch, www.kriswrites.com, brings a refreshing point of view on many aspects of writing and publishing, including tips on agents, publishing companies, royalty statements, book promotion, and “slush pile truths.” Kristine is an award-winning mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy writer.
And now, for some bonus tips, check out these articles for even more great ideas:
- “7 Terrific Websites for Word Nerds and Writing Geeks”
- “5 Key Research Sites You May Have Missed (Plus Cool Tricks)”
- “20 Ways to Promote Your Facebook Fan Page”
So much to do and so much to learn. But you don’t have to read it all or know it all. Even just a little extra knowledge can make a noticeable difference in your writing career.
So what do you think? Do you have a favorite writing or publishing blog or expert you follow? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add it to my future lists.
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