About time, Author’s Guild!
What’s IndieReCon you ask?
“IndieReCon is still an online conference offering the best advice and education for independent-minded authors across the world — but now offering expanded programming and global reach, though ALLi’s networks. And exciting live events, from Utah to London. Including this year, hooking up with The London Book Fair, to provide an exciting day of live-streamed events, live from London.” (ALLi = Alliance of Independent Authors)
And it’s FREE!
If you self-publish or are interested in self-publishing, it is a must place to stop and check out what’s going on. Here is the events schedule, and all the heavy hitter in the indie-publishing world will be showing up. There are even some live chat events. I’ve taken part in their offerings in past years and it is worth your time to check it out.
And if you already have a book out there and you want to do a little philanthropy and give it away to a library or school, IndieReCon will make it available.
And it’s all FREE!
I am not a reader in the romance world, so I have not heard of Jamie McGuire, but it sounds like a lot of other people have. Regardless, her discussion on Mark Coker’s blog is very helpful to any author who wants to publish either the traditional way or through self-publishing or both! Thanks for sharing Mark and Jamie! Smashwords: Why Jamie McGuire Returned to Self Publishing. CKBooks Publishing Where Publishing Dreams Become Reality
Thanks, Molly for sharing some very good sites. I follow a few of these myself. If we stick together, we all can learn something!
For those who aren’t sure if they want to do self-publishing, Brook Warner of Shewrites gives us some reasons why you may want to go in that direction when thinking of publishing.
It’s really a matter of your goals, your time, and your money.
As I’ve said before, I encourage anyone who asks me about traditional publishing to do self-publishing while they are trying to pitch their story to an agent or publisher. It can only help if your story does well in the self-publishing realm, and the only thing you are going to do different when you self-publish (ebooks to start) is create a cover.
Either option will cause you hire an editor (and if you are serious about making your book a commercial success, I’d encourage you to find a professional.)
And to put an ebook on say, Amazon or Smashwords, you can do that using a properly formatted word doc. Smashwords has a free guide to help you through that process, and if you want to hire someone to do that for you, it’s probably only $100+ or – depending on the size and complexity of your book design.
If you haven’t read about the Amazon vs Hachette (a Book Publisher) dispute, you should take a look at the Mark Coker’s post below.
It seems to me that the agency model of publishing is on it’s way out, but only time will tell what will replace it. We (authors, indie-publishers) do work in a ever-changing field, and that’s going to be the status quo for some time, I’m sure of it.
Does this manifesto resonate with you?