And now for the news!
Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically news from or regarding self-publishing companies!
Ever wondered where to get started when it comes to self-publishing? Mashable, one of the great pop culture news archives and indices, and its Team Commerce are this week advocating that you take a class–or rather, several classes–on the subject. The classes they’re specifically recommending are not, unfortunately, free, but they are proprietary to Mashable and therefore not underwritten or selling any one specific self-publishing platform or company–an important fact, given how much industry-related material is generated to drive publicity and sales; to find (at least mostly) neutral and objective material like this is rare. Even if you don’t invest in the course series, which is called “The eBook Self-Publishing Bundle,” the points it covers make for a great summary of what’s hot and important in self-publishing today, from building a responsive website to preparing your manuscript for reading on the Kindle to how to use the writing software Scrivener to ways to boost writing productivity habits. If this course series is any indication, we can look for a lot more high-quality self-publishing-related news and information from Mashable in the future.
Every now and again, we like to cover material that we may not personally agree with, but which we think might have some bearing on how we perceive the process through which we are all going here on Self-Publishing Advisor (that is, the self-publishing process). This article, which comes by way of Cornelia Scott Cree of the American Thinker, is less of a think piece than it is a make-you-think piece, a warning or signpost on the way to self-publication. It’s not easy, Cree indicates, to parse what’s real and what’s not in the industry, and what’s going to help you out in the long run versus what’s doable and easy in the present. You might use words like “venting” or “diatribe” to describe Cree’s piece, but the fact remains: many authors get into self-publishing because no other avenues forward present themselves, and then they find themselves woefully under-prepared to both navigate the system and succeed. If for no other reason than to see your own struggles reflected back at you, take a look at Cree’s original article … and then dig in and do your due diligence, and find a partner or reliable self-publishing company which doesn’t offer empty promises.
As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry.This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Monday to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.