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 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:

2. Jenny Blake has put together an amazing 15-tab “Book Marketing Master Spreadsheet.” Download it. Now. (Shared by Seth Godin)

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.”