Self Publishing Guide
These days there’s a podcast for everything and writing is no exception. It seems that some writers are taking a break from the pen and picking up the microphone instead. This is great news for the rest of us, as podcasts are great way to stay informed on a specific area while on the go.
Below are 6 great podcasts related to writing that we’ve enjoyed:
Writing Excuses: This podcast covers a wide range of writing related themes. This is a weekly podcast brought to you by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells and Howard Tayler.
The podcast episodes are available in mp3 format for downloading and can also be playing online via Writing Excuses website.
Grammar Girl - Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing: The title says it all. Brought to you by Mignon Fogarty, this is a regularly updated podcast that can only be played online.
I Should Be Writing: Focusing on fiction based writing topics; Mur Lafferty provides new podcast episodes about once a week. Podcast episodes are available for download, online streaming and via iTunes.
Mur also has recorded a popular podiobook called Playing for Keeps, which is available for free download.
Writers on Writing: Brought to you by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett and Marrie Stone, this weekly show is actually a radio program that is later released as a podcast. You can download the podcast via their website, listen to them live at kuci.org or even listen to it on your radio if you happen to live in Orange County, CA, at 88.9.
The Creative Penn: This podcast concentrates on book marketing and self publishing. It’s available for download or can be played online. If you’re new to self publishing, this definitely a great podcast to help you learn the ropes.
The Writing Show: One of the longest running podcasts on writing, Paula Berinstein has been producing this show since 2005. It’s available for download or via itunes.
Do you know of any other good podcast not listed here? If you do, please leave a comment and lets us know.
Writing isn't the greatest challenge for most authors: believe it or not, it's marketing. The reason is, because so often authors tend to be introverted and insular, extroverted activities like marketing and promotion makes them extremely uncomfortable. It is disheartening to see writers put so much of themselves into a project, and then lose their enthusiasm when readers don't jump at their publications. Some even become seriously offended and put off that their work was "wanted" immediately.
These days, these days you can make marking a lot easier by finding activities that capitalize and focus on your existing natural talents, and that you quite possibly already enjoy. Like blogging and tweeting, for instance—getting active in the blogosphere both in terms of writing your own blogs and commenting on the blogs of others—provides great leverage with your interaction with potential readers. Blogging platforms are not necessarily for the “tech-savy”: they are both simple and straightforward. What does one write about? There are a couple subjects that come to mind: write about writing, or what you are currently working on, or maybe some aspect of your book that you’ve seen mentioned in the news and bringing attention on how you’ve dealt with it in your book.
Conventional wisdom tells you it’s impossible to make money from writing but here’s something you don’t hear every day: You Can. Not only that, but a lot of so-so writers out there are actually profiting from their work and the reason some are getting it wrong is because
a) They lack appropriate training
b) They just don’t want it badly enough
c) They have unrealistic expectations and are living beyond their means
It’s important to realize that your articles won’t necessarily sell the moment you write them and on average, you need to resend them roughly three to four times before they are accepted for publication. In some cases you won’t even hear back from the publisher until at least three months, so that’s nine months (to three different magazines) right there. Should you be lucky enough to get published, it takes another 3-6 months of waiting to get paid. So it’s safe to say that magazines on their own aren’t enough of an income stream.
Here’s a brilliant video done by Dorling Kindersley Books on the future of publishing.
Author Solutions, who owns now owns many of the vanity publishing houses including AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford, Wordclay and Xlibris has announced their partnership with Writer’s Digest.
This announcement has sparked a lot discussions and negative comments towards Writer’s Digest and why a 90 year old respected company like Writer’s Digest would get involved with a not so resected company like Author Solutions.
You can find the full press release along with some great commentary at Michael N. Marcus blog: Book Making