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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: I cannot say enough about the value of this information from Reedsy. Book reviews are the fuel that keeps the motors running for authors. There are dozens of different book review blogs in the list. At least one is a perfect fit for most every author.
IS THE E-BOOK A DEAD FORMAT? by Simon Rowberry from The Bookseller
ON eBOOKS BEING A DEAD FORMAT by Nate Hoffeider from The Digital Reader
EDITOR’S COMMENT: It isn’t often there is a point counterpoint to a blog post. Simon Rowberry points out many who are questioning if e-books have met expectations in the face of declining sales. and growth of audio books. Simon concludes reports of e-books death is exaggerated. Nate kinda agrees but questions the omission of data. The bottom line: Are traditional publishers making a fatal error with their priority of print over digital?
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ALWAYS BE MARKETING by John Gilstrap from the Kill Zone
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a great article for authors considering how to expand their marketing efforts. John lists a couple of duds including bookmarks, big in-store signings, and trailers. He expands on what has worked for him including business cards, gifts, and launch parties. He concludes the best approach is to write another book.
FACEBOOK GROUPS…FOR PAGES! by Edie Melson from The Write Conversation
EDITOR’S COMMENT: A quick read explaining how Facebook now allows professional pages the opportunity to start or link to a group.
WHY YOU SHOULD MARKET TO GROW YOUR AUTHOR PLATFORM-NOT TO SELL BOOKS by Matt Aird from The Book Designer
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Matt raises a fundamental question posed by most authors. Am I advertising on Facebook to sell a book or me? He defines an author platform and explains the differences between the two approaches. There is a helpful discussion on Twitter, Facebook, and email spammers. An article worthy of a read.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I am on the hunt for another book cover. This is an important read for me and I suspect other authors are in similar circumstances. June discusses how to make the decisions on a cover and what to consider to make it unique. Equally important is a discussion on selecting a new cover.
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CHILDREN’S AND ADULT BOOKS: WHO POSTS WHERE by Lorraine Shanley from Publishing Trends
EDITOR’S COMMENT: One of the surprises preparing the blog is watching the writing world change. Nothin’ stays the same. Lorraine talks about two potential social media changes at Amazon that would take on elements of Pinehurst’s social commerce network and WeChat, Facebook, and Snapchat messaging. There is a host of information in the post including to post or not post, finding the right platform and social media’s dark side.
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a must read for any author with questions on “Out of Print” termination clauses. Susan discusses the three critical components in out-of-print clauses. The post contains a wealth of information.
SEVEN WAYS TO USE ACRONYMS IN YOUR WRITING by Fae Rowen
STORYBOARDING WITH SCRIVENER by Gwen Hernandez from Writer Unboxed
SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT
“I liked Seth.
The book and the man.”
“It’s doable. They’re expecting us. Found an opening.”
“They’ve made me.”
Cesar brushed off the concern with a flippant, “You’re still alive. Acceptable.”
“There’s a complication. Two men are watching the compound.”
“Who are they?”
“We’ll deal with it,” Cesar said. “Angel wants you to finish the surveillance.”
“Sì,” Garcia said.
Cesar hung up, left the disposable phone on the pork chops. A shopper picked it up before Cesar left the meat department. The call lasted twenty seconds. Perfect. Angel would be pleased with his report.