Sunday, August 11, 2013

This Week on Books Direct - 11 August 2013

This Week on Books Direct - 11 August 2013

Here's a list of the articles you may have missed this week:

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Writing is like walking cross-country: a lot of possibilities before us and not a single certainty.

"A Good Editor" - Article by  K'Anne Meinel.
One of the hardest things for a writer is finding someone who can help you be a better writer. No matter how much self-editing you do, you will always miss something. The idea of hiring an editor can be scary and overwhelming.

"The Readers Sound Off! How They Read, What They Like and Where They Find Us" - Article by Marie Force for E-Book Formatting Fairies.
Putting a finger on the pulse of the customer is always a good idea in business. The results of this reader survey are in, with some interesting statistics.

"Kindle Formatting: Requirements for the Kindle Book Cover Image" - Article by Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott for Unruly Guides.
You have prepared your manuscript and are ready to e-publish. Now you need to know how to prepare your book images and upload your Kindle book cover to the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing system.

"Putting the Case for Professional Critics" - Article by Nicholas Lezard for The Guardian.
What do you think?

"19 Book Cover Clichés" - Compiled by Luke Lewis for Buzz Feed.
Are you guilty of these?

"Cabin in the Woods"  - Article by Billie Sue Mosiman.
In praise of writers of all persuasions.

"Are You Evolving As A Book Marketer?" - Article by Brian Feinblum for BookMarketingBuzzBlog.
There are many ways to make a book successful.  There are even more ways to fall short of even mere mediocrity.  One needs a strategy – success rarely just happens. To evolve in your book marketing, you will need to take a hybrid approach.

"US vs UK Book Covers" - Article by August Wainwright.
For some traditionally published books, the cover of the book is different for US and UK audiences. Are the audiences so different that a completely different design is warranted?

"What NOT to Post When Marketing Your Book – 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid" - Article by Shelley Hitz for The Future of Ink.
Shelley focuses on what NOT to post when marketing your book on social media.