Best Business Advice for Writers: June 2013

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Best Business Advice for Writers is a monthly link round-up where I share the best online articles focused on the business of writing and publishing. Share any best reads you’ve found lately in the comments.


How to Make Bookshops Love You and Your Book by Vanessa Robertson (@Ness_Robertson)

This is an article by a former UK-based bookseller, offering excellent and practical insights into how to build a good relationship with indie bookstores, which can play a significant role in word of mouth for your book. Click here to read the article at State of Independents.

Two Writers Who Are Killing It on Twitter by Dr. B (@BookRiot)

If you feel unsure about your Twitter use, take a look at two authors who provide good role models—full case studies at BookRiot.

Author Concerns and Complaints at Crimson Romance by Victoria Strauss (@victoriastrauss)

Even if you’re not working with Crimson Romance, even if you’re not writing romance, even if you think this could never apply to you, I encourage you to educate yourself about what type of contracts (and problems) might be involved with digital-only imprints. Click here to read the full story at Writer Beware.

21 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing 2.0 by James Altucher (@jaltucher)

Some of the most frequent questions I receive are about self-publishing. Here’s a good primer that provides a manageable overview for the new writer. Read the full post at Copyblogger.

What Do Self-Published Authors Need by Hugh Howey (@HughHowey)

This is a good complement to the post above. Visit bestseller Hugh Howey’s site.

Publisher margins today may be enviable, but it will be a big challenge to keep them that way by Mike Shatzkin (@Mike Shatzkin)

An essential explanation of how bestsellers get paid—to help you understand why ebook royalty rates have not increased at the big NYC publishers.

Promotional Activities Market to the Three Cs: Creators, Channels, Consumers by Mike Shatzkin (@MikeShatzkin)

This post is an industry deep-dive on the marketing practices of traditional publishers. I find it invaluable and insightful as a long-time industry observer (and player), and think it’s a must-read for authors, too. There’s a bit of jargon, but I know you can handle it. Read the full post at Mike Shatzkin’s blog (and subscribe to it while you’re there).

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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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ClaudiaHallChristian

Fabulous advice! Once again, I feel blessed by your ability to really get where authors are! 🙂

Shirley Showalter

I love this monthly round-up. I learn so much and can select the most relevant out of a manageable list of possibilities. Thanks, Jane!

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