I’m often asked for a list of the best blogs and websites focused on literary fiction and culture. This list was first curated in 2011; after five years, I continue to update it as sites fold or launch.
If I’ve missed any sites that deserve consideration, please let me know your favorites in the comments. Note: I have deliberately excluded well-known traditional media or social media, e.g., Publishers Weekly, New York Times, Goodreads, etc
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Welcome to the Distress Signals Blogging Bonanza! What’s that, you’re wondering? Well, you can either go and read this post or read the next sentence. In a nutshell: Distress Signals was out in paperback in the UK and Ireland on January 5 and hits the U.S.A. on February 2 (two weeks from today!), and every day in between I’m going to blog as per the schedule at the bottom of this post. Thursday is for replaying an old post and today I’m replaying this update on Goodreads giveaways from almost exactly a year ago – it was first published on 15 January 2016. But – surprise! – I’ve added a new ranty bit for January 2017.
Back in August 2014, I blogged about Goodreads giveaways and what I thought was best practice for authors interested in using them as a means of promoting their books [Goodreads Giveaways: Don’t Do…
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Don’t find customers for your products. Find products for your customers. — Seth Godin
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Seth’s advice is so succinct. It’s much easier to find products for your current customers than to find new customers for products you’ve created (especially products you’ve created with no specific market in mind
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Here are a few book marketing and book writing tips from great writers. This is how you write and market great books!
Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. — E. B White, novelist
This is how you write great books. You start with wonder. You continue through wonder. And you end in wonder.
Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. — E. B White #authors #wonder
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I learned to look at all the good in the world and to try to give come of it back, because I believed in it completely and utterly. — Anna Quindlen, novelist
If you want to write a bestselling book, start by giving back all the good in the world that has come to you. Share that. Once you do, people will line up to help you share it. It is those fans that will make your book a bestseller.
Writer asked me recent question:
Why don’t you just make your books available exclusively through Amazon to cut out all the headache of trying to find your money, plus you can get nice sales and reviews there?
Here’s my reply
DON’T PUT YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET…
Becoming an author is difficult and then at the end of the month, I have to become a pimp and constantly ask where is my money.
True Amazon does cut down on the frustration, but I’m an author, which means I’m in the business of publishing books for readers.
Readers are my customers and I have to think about them instead of concentrating on my frustration.
Four years. four years I’ve been on smashwords. the first year, I didn’t make a bump. Not even a free download, the second, I think I did…
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