A few recent posts in the blogosphere and news from this past week’s publishing industry trade show, BookExpoAmerica, may help writers looking to sort out the ever more pressing question of whether to opt for a traditional or non-traditional publishing route—or at least get you thinking. And the answer may well be: both.
“The Snowflake Guy,” author Randy Ingermanson, answers a reader question that likens new opportunities for those hard-to-place manuscripts to the wild, wild west. Meanwhile, digital world activist Cory Doctorow in his interview with Bookbaby president Brian Felsen at the London Book Fair elaborates on the statement, “The problem for writers is not piracy; it is obscurity…”
And speaking of pirating issues and giving things away for free, Cecelia Tan of Circlet Publishing discusses why pirating just might be good for writers and good for sales. While Jane Friedman lists 5 Free Books Every Writer Needs and, in honor of BookExpoAmerica, provides a list of 3 Publishing Trends Writers Must Stay On Top Of. And on the tech side, Dear Author’s Jane has a preview of the new, $129 Kobo and $139 Nook e-readers.
But famous or obscure, e-published or traditionally published, free or fee, it all must come back to the writing as agent Rachelle Gardner says in this post from May 27th , offering some things writers can do to check their progress on that rickety ladder to writing success.
And finally, Elizabeth Flock’s Washington Post blog entry reminds us to “Kneel where our loves are sleeping” this Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom.