The Self Published Carnival #4

Another month, another carnival.


The Best

Here are five of the best articles for the self-published author I’ve seen this month. And by best, I mean the ones I liked the best. They’ll be listed again below with the others, but if you’re short on time, just check these out.

  1. Why I Self Publish – You should know why you want to self publish, or you shouldn’t do it.
  2. 10,000 Ideas and Resources for Writers – Ok, it’s too much information, but hey, once you finish reading all these, you’ll pretty much know everything. On second thought, if you’re short on time, don’t check this one out.
  3. How To Build Community Around Your Fiction – Do this or unless you are interested in being the only reader of your work.
  4. 7 Ways to Develop an Affordable Marketing Plan – One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as I self published my novel is that I need a plan.
  5. How To Get Retweeted – Hey! Stastical evidence!

Self Publishing

Why do you Self Publish? I’ve attempted to answer this question for myself on the blog before (see Why Did I Self Publish?). Morris Rosenthal at Self Publishing 2.0 blogged in June about why he self published. It’s the most delicious reason I’ve ever come across. Read Why I Self Publish to learn his reasoning. Also, he’s got a great article this month called Drawing A Line Under Amazon Kindle Numbers.

Why do self publishers get a bad rap? Check out these Media Comments on Self Published Books.

Joe Wikert mused about current issues with ebooks with Cheap Copies of the Original.

Novelr had an article titled Making Money From Online Fiction – I’ve Done It, So Can You. It has some good stuff to consider.

It’s not quite self-publishing, it’s Co-Publishing. The Crafty Writer has an article titled Co Publishing Pros and Cons. I’m still not sure what I think of the concept.

Self Publishing Companies

Mick Rooney of Ireland has a short critique of Lulu at Lulu’s Faux Pas.


If you’ve got absolutely nothing to do, but you’d like to read about writing, Publetariat pointed out this article with 10,000 Ideas and Resources for Writers. While reading through the list, don’t forget: at some point, you’re still going to have to write.

If you’re interested in self-publishing children’s books, Jon Bard has a little video with some tips on How To Write a Picture Book That Shines.

Another couple of exercises geared toward the fiction-writing set. Putting Images Into Words (via Writers Community)

Hyper Modern Writing reviews a new writing tool FastPencil: Practical Features and Practical Fiction.


Publetariat pointed out a great article on finding an editor for your work by Alan Rinzler on The Book Deal. Read Choosing a freelance editor: What you need to know.


I came across a post from 2008 on novelr titled How To Build Community Around Your Fiction.

Darren Rowse over at ProBlogger gave the world 13 Lessons Learned Launching an eBook. It all seems like a lot of work to me, but I suppose success doesn’t come without effort. And as it ends up, Darren has been quite successful.

Marketing uberguru Seth Godin wrote something you should think about: The Law of the Little Shovel.

Want to get the word out via twitter? Mashable had a few stastically sound suggestions on How To Get Retweeted.

Is blogging and twittering even worth it? Charlotte Abbot seeks answers in Do Twitter and Blogs Really Drive Book Sales? Manna Stephenson also has some thoughts on How Blogging and Feeds Benefit Authors.

Dana Lynn Smith from The Book Marketing Maven blogged about Finding Promotional Hooks for Novels. This is an interesting thought, and I stumbled across this with my novel Oasis. I’ve had a bunch of folks say they tried it out because they are nurses, and the lead character is a nurse. Dana also posted some ideas for using video to promote your book. 7 Ways to Promote Your Book With Video

Joanna Penn (of the Creative Penn) had a guest article on the Book Marketing Maven on Why Freemium is an Excellent Opportunity for Authors. If you don’t know what Freemium is, you’d better go check it out.

Another great find on Publetariat was a link to this article: Victoria Strauss — Authorfail: When Authors Attack. Here’s the point – if someone doesn’t like your book and says so online, don’t freak out. It’s not cool. I mean, hey, if I can keep a lid on it when someone calls my book a literary bean burrito from Taco Bell, you can brush off what they say about yours.

Sell It! on the Web has a little Guide for Writing an Effective Press Release.

Writer’s Digest has a good little article on 7 Ways to Develop an Affordable Marketing Plan.

An article that put into words what I have long suspected – 4 Reasons Why Authors Should Avoid MySpace.

Marketing Christian Books blogged about One Creative Book Promotion Idea.

The End.

See you next time.

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