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Best links for writers and publishers (June, 4)

04 Jun 2011 in international | questo post è lungo 659 parole

Change in Publishing: links you may have missed in the last days.
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Note: Don't miss How To Write Science Fiction by Paul Di Filippo.
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KINDLE-PROOF YOUR BOOK IN SEVEN EASY STEPS!

To “sell out,” you first have to sell, and in committing to the ideal of the “beautiful” book, I had pretty much guaranteed that this particular project would remain unsullied by commerce. 
Now, in honor of the future that never was, the durable pigments of the almost obsolete, I offer you the following trade secrets to fellow writers.
The availability for the Kindle of some of the titles mentioned below points to the difficulty of the task; nonetheless, here are: Seven Ways to Kindle-proof Your Book
The Millions

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SELF-PUBLISHING

Whether you’re sold on having endless artistic freedom or complete control over your work, self-publishing is a rewarding task and terrific option for authors who are willing to put in the extra effort. Here are 10 things you need to know about self-publishing...
Web Design Schools Guide

SELF-PUBLISHING: ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING IT

Self-publishing, that is. Or at least, it can seem so. There are the breakthrough success stories at one end of the spectrum, bitter tales of sales disappointment at the other, and between the two, a generous smattering of testimonials from indie authors who aren't earning enough to quit their day jobs yet but are covering the rent or groceries each month with proceeds from their book sales. Suddenly, if you're not releasing a Kindle or Nook edition at the minimum, you feel like you're missing out on a huge opportunity. The pressure to rush to market is great, but you must resist it until both you and your book are truly ready for prime time. 
April Hamilton

*25 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT STORYTELLING *

Outside the air we breathe and the blood in our bodies, the one thing that connects us modern humans today with the shamans and emperors and serfs and alien astronauts of our past is a heritage — a lineage — of stories. Stories move the world at the same time they explain our place in it. They help us understand ourselves and those near to us. Never treat a story as a shallow, wan little thing. A good story is as powerful as the bullet fired from an assassin’s gun.
Terribleminds

THE FUTURE OF BOOKSELLING

Booksellers need to realize that Amazon is not their competition; convenience is.  Retail booksellers need to provide higher fidelity experiences for their customers and answer the question: "What can I do better?" Or put another way: the book is the start, and not the end to the experience customers want to have.
Shelf Awareness | via @R_Nash

WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TALKING ABOUT GENRE

The little lobe of my brain that serves as a Geiger counter for detecting blog posts theorizing about genre has been ticking with ever-increasing rapidity these days. It’s ticking so fast that it has crossed the threshold that unlocks another lobe of my brain, a top-secret lobe that contains a sealed black folder labeled.
Lev Grossman | via @SFSIgnal

PRACTICAL TIPS ON WRITING A BOOK FROM 23 BRILLIANT AUTHORS

Reading these tips has made the voice in my head that whispers I can do this a little louder when my eyelids snap open before dawn. I hope the advice here inspires the creation of many great books, not only the one I hope to write. I’m deeply grateful for the time and attention of the master writers assembled here.
NeuroTribes | via @draccah

JAMES DAUNT: 'I DON'T RECOGNISE THAT BOOKS ARE DEAD'

The founder of Daunt Books is set to become Waterstone's new managing director. But can the self-effacing ex-investment banker save the struggling high street giant?
The Guardian

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