Okay, a friend of mine (Benjamin Rogers) sent me an email with a good idea. It appears that he will not be following through with his idea for the time being, but I just can’t seem to let my version of the idea go. That idea rattled around and mutated itself until it became a blog carnival for self publishing and self published authors.
What is a Blog Carnival?
A Blog Carnival is a particular kind of blog community. There are many kinds of blogs, and they contain articles on many kinds of topics. Blog Carnivals typically collect together links pointing to blog articles on a particular topic. A Blog Carnival is like a magazine. It has a title, a topic, editors, contributors, and an audience. Editions of the carnival typically come out on a regular basis (e.g. every monday, or on the first of the month). Each edition is a special blog article that consists of links to all the contributions that have been submitted, often with the editors opinions or remarks.
So what is The Self Published Carnival?
This blog carnival is intended to be a resource for authors of fiction or non-fiction who wish to self publish. Topics will include writing, editing, marketing, POD publishers, more traditional self-publishing company reviews, book promotion, and whatever else might be relevant for self publishing a book.
It’s not intended to be a place for book reviews (unless that book is about self-publishing). I suppose announcements for self published books are OK, but they should be books you’ve written.
Are you an author that either plans to self-publish or has already done so? Would you like to be involved?
Here’s how. You can either use the interface at blogcarnival.com to submit an article (the Self Published Carnival) or you can use my contact form to let me know about your article. If you’d like to host the carnival sometime, that’d be great, too.
I’ve had a couple of questions, so I thought I’d clarify.
If you want to participate, you can do one of two things: write an article or host the carnival.
To write an article, you:
- Write an article about self-publishing and post it on your blog.
- Send me a link to your written article via my already-mentioned contact form or using the interface at blogcarnival.com
- When the next edition of the carnival goes live, you can write a very short post pointing to it. This is optional, but it helps more folks find it.
To host the carnival, you:
- Contact me and set up a month to host it.
- Go through all the submissions people have made for the month.
- Write a “carnival post” where you put links to the submitted articles along with a little commentary about each.
I hope that helps.
The First Edition.
The last day of April will be the last day to submit articles for May’s carnival. May’s carnival will be hosted here on May 5th.