The e-Publishing Diaries: PBS’s MediaShift and Other Supportive Resources
August 8 (P Minus 24): Today’s updates:
- Received an email from Bowker’s saying that my ISBN order is being processed and should be emailed soon (more about ISBNs later this week; it’s more complicated than I first thought)
- Began gathering visuals for a book trailer
- Changed the method of file sharing for the Kindle sample chapter to Dropbox, after the Box.net widget looked too clunky (see upper right; I will add more file versions, including a pdf, in the coming days and weeks)
- Am getting excellent proofreading feedback from my eagle-eye final proofreader
- Am almost ready to send out blog tour information and options to those who expressed interest
- Am generally far too excited about working on Oscar, given the other work I also need to do during the day!
Here are a few really good resources I’ve found recently and have learned from. At the end of this series, I’ll collect all of the links in one place to share in a tab.
1. PBS’s MediaShift (“Your Guide to the Digital Media Revolution”) has a section titled BookShift that has several informative, interesting, and motivating articles, such as these:
- How to Pair Smashwords and Scribd for Ideal E-Book Strategy
- 2010: The Year Self-Publishing Lost Its Stigma
- The Pitfalls of Using Self-Publishing Book Packages
- 6 Ways Authors Can Succeed by Self-Publishing Books
3. “Self-Published or Independent? What’s in a Name Anyway?” makes the argument for using the descriptor “independent publisher” rather than “self-published,” and offers some valuable perspective-changing tools in the process.
4. Finally, Bryan Young similarly argues why authors should consider “approaching book publishing as an entrepreneur” in “Combating the Stigma of Self-Publishing“:
“JK Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before Bloomsbury Press picked her up. Would it have made the Harry Potter books somehow less good if she went to self-publish them instead of try another publisher? Maybe they wouldn’t have had the runaway success they did, but she certainly wouldn’t have produced a bad book.
On the other side of the coin, how many terrible books have you read coming from publishers? The answer is a lot. They get it wrong as often as anybody. They really aren’t the tastemakers people seem to give them credit for.”