Sunday, June 29, 2014

Indie publishing articles and links

I promised the WGA Indie Pub Event people some links to articles and resources about e publishing, so here it is (a little late, yeah… it’s summer!)

1. Here are some of my own articles and findings about different aspects of e publishing.  Each article will have links to other sources.

A little bit on how the Bestseller Lists on Amazon give your book automatic exposure. (Note: sometimes tagging is available and sometimes it isn’t. I don’t know what the current status is. )

This compares some methods and results I got from a group book promo, another marketing tool to use.

Another way to get more product out there, instantly.

This is a post I did several years ago on marketing in traditional publishing – I'm including it because a lot of screenwriters don’t realize how important the conference circuit is to authors. 


2.  These are the three most important sites to start with to get information on indie publishing:

Joe Konrath’s blog is the one essential site on e publishing.

Browsing this message board a couple of days a week will give you a very practical crash course on everything from cover design essentials (what works for traditional publishing is not what works at thumbnail size), to promotion, to what indie authors’ actual sales figures are. People on the boards are friendly and helpful; I also found my two great proofreaders there. It’s also interesting to see the politics of indie vs. traditional publishing; personally, I just don’t see it as an Either/Or proposition.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, should read Kristine Rusch’s incredible series on the essentials of publishing and the changes in our world.


3. Here are some interesting blog posts by others in the field:

Thursday, June 19, 2014


I’ve got a couple of promotions going on for Huntress Moon:

* A Goodreads giveaway: Enter here for a chance to win a signed (or personally inscribed) paperback. 

* And I’m interviewed on Novel TV’s Thriller Thursday here, with an associated giveaway: you can enter for a chance to win a signed paperback OR one of the brand new Huntress audiobooks, narrated by multiple Audie Award nominee R.C. Bray.

While I’m in announcement mode...

* The Bloody Scotland program  (or programme, if you like!) has been revealed, a fantastic lineup, including UK stars Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Louise Welsh, Mark Billingham, Peter May, Craig Robertson, and sister Americans Kathy Reichs and Megan Abbott.  On Sunday, September 21 I’ll be there talking about crossing crime thrillers with the supernatural, or possibly supernatural, with James Oswald and Gordon Brown.

* And this Saturday I’m at the Writers Guild in Los Angeles for an e-publishing event:

How to Publish, Market and Sell Your eBook to Hollywood!
Saturday June 21, 10 am - 2 pm
WGA west
7000 W. Third St, Los Angeles, CA

Amazon and Audible representatives will discuss how to produce, publish and market books. Audible will also be announcing a new WGA-signatory project.

This will be followed by a panel with best-selling authors and WGA members, Lee Goldberg, Noel Hynd, Alexandra Sokoloff, Susan Rohrer and Rick Marin, and producer Lane Shefter Bishop. Moderated by Christiana Miller. WGA members only.