Last week, I discussed the closing of Predators & Editors and the possible alternatives authors can use when investigating a potential publisher or service provider. Today, I’m going to list sources that can help indie authors educate themselves on the publishing business. After all it’s much harder to take advantage of an educated author and that’s what most scammers fear.
Authors are notorious for drawing back the curtain on the publishing industry by talking about their experiences with editors, posting their contracts, and even revealing their monthly income. This rips the veil of secrecy that kept the publishing industry mysterious while keeping authors broke. Oh sorry, I meant starving for their art.
Anyway, let’s get started…
News About The Industry
Did you know that All Romance Books and Ellora’s Cave went under in 2016? You would’ve if you had been keeping tabs on the industry. Listed below are just some of the blogs/newsletters dedicated to the publishing industry.
- Book Life (Focuses on self-publishing and owned by Publisher’s Weekly.)
- The Digital Reader
- Indies Unlimited
- Self-Publishing Review
- Indie Reader
These podcasts are recorded by actual indie authors and they often give writing, promoting as well as marketing tips.
- The Creative Penn
- Self-Publishing Formula
- The Author Hangout
- The Author Biz
- Self-Publishing Podcast
- Sell More Books Show
Authors & Industry Professionals You Can Learn A Lot From
You know they say that experience is the best teacher and if you want to learn from someone who is in the business then look no further then these websites.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch If you want to learn the business aspects of publishing
- Jane Friedman If you want to learn publishing hacks as well as marketing tips
- The Book Designer Discusses marketing, creativity, as well as interviews publishing professionals.
- Penny Sansevieri, A Marketing Expert Great place to learn book promotion and general marketing.
- Kathryn Goldman Offers tips on legal issues that plague authors.
- Your Writer Platform Discusses various aspects of self-publishing.
- BookBub Partners Mainly they discuss their platform but they also share tips on book launches, marketing and self-publishing hacks.
This is just a small list of all the wonderful blogs and podcasts that indie authors can glean from. As self-publishing becomes more and more the norm, authors are going to have to make decisions about the direction of their careers. Some of these blogs and podcasts can help at least point you in the right direction. The author community is a very supportive place as you can see, we do watch each other’s back. Though losing Predators & Editors was a big blow to indie authors, it didn’t break anyone’s determination to keep on keeping on. This is the greatest thing about the author community, and I’m proud to be part of it and you should too.
If you have any suggestions for newbie authors whether it be a podcast, blog or book, let us know in the comment section.