Here are a couple of sites that I’ve found useful recently:
- For those of you who don’t know, Jane Friedman is an expert in the area of digital publishing and marketing. Her advice is always sound, and worth thinking about even if you don’t agree with her. I thought you would enjoy reading her interview on increasing the chances of your book becoming a breakout hit. http://janefriedman.com/2012/06/12/increase-the-chances-of-your-book-becoming-a-breakout-hit/
- J. A. Konrath is a successful self-publisher who is making real money on Amazon. I thought you might enjoy his post from January on how he does it. http://jakonrath.blogspot.fr/2012/01/100000.html
Here are a couple of things that might interest you:
I just came upon this recently. Nic Oliver is a writing coach who originally helped non-native speakers of english write better. But his site is attracting anyone who needs help. As writers and publishers we often come across people whose writing needs a great deal of TLC. Nic will perform a writing analysis of a 5,000-word sample for an undisclosed amount of money! I don’t know him personally, and I haven’t tried his services. But the writing advice he gives on his website http://greatwritingtips.com/articles/ sounds sensible. So it might be worth giving him a try. Provided of course that his services don’t break the bank! (On that note, it’s worth mentioning that many people are open to payment plans if you can’t afford to pay the whole amount up front. It’s always worth asking if they’ll do that).
While I can only give a guarded recommendation for Nic Oliver’s site, I can give a wholehearted endorsement of Jane Friedman’s site. I got to know Jane last year when she was giving webinars for Writer’s Digest on the subject of building a platform to market self-published books. Jane’s advice is sensible, and she is a friendly and engaging person who enjoys interacting with her readers. If you want to know what is currently going on in the publishing world, and pick up some tips for marketing your novel, head over to Jane’s site janefriedman.com. Enjoy! And have a great week.