Publishing Resources is a new feature in this column in which we will periodically examine sources of information relating to the publishing world.
This month’s column is a short one, as many of us are swept up in the holiday rush and frenzy of shopping, wrapping, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
We as writers find this a difficult time of year as we’re forced to set aside that novel we’re trying to finish, those edits we need to make, and other writing duties. It’s especially fretful if you have a deadline to meet or a book to upload and publish before Christmas.
So today’s focus on publishing-related blogs and other publishing resources for writers will be one that can be bookmarked for those quiet post-holiday moments when you have time to take a breath and start thinking about getting back into the writing swing of things.
This blog is run by Passive Guy (PG), an intellectual property attorney and writer who has his fingers on the pulse of the publishing world. His wife also happens to be a writer, so he definitely has skin in the game. When you visit this site, be sure to click on the About page to gain an appreciation of this blogger’s professional credentials. PG knows what he’s talking about, and is one of the most highly respected bloggers on the publishing scene.
The Passive Voice (TPV) is one of the top clearinghouses for publishing-related news. The blog offers roughly a half-dozen daily excerpts and links from other blogs on various topics ranging from the latest big-publishing tidbits to the marketplace domination of Amazon. PG frequently offers comments and analyses on these excerpts which lend added insight to the articles. TPV also maintains an extensive list of previous posts by category that includes items such as contracts, self-publishing, and advertising, as well as links to popular bloggers in the business.
If you want to keep up on the latest in the publishing world, this is the one blog you should definitely follow.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an award-winning and New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer who knows the publishing business inside and out. Kris’s experience in running several publishing companies with her husband, Dean Wesley Smith, along with an award-winning editorial stint at a popular science fiction-fantasy magazine, gives this multi-talented writer a unique viewpoint on the world of publishing. Her in-depth “Business Musings” feature frequently highlights the publishing pitfalls awaiting writers, and her warnings regarding contract clauses are mandatory reading for any writer contemplating a contract with a publisher.
Although Kris does favor indie publishing, this is a blog you should not miss if you traditionally publish. Kris is very contract savvy, and what you learn from her may keep you from becoming trapped with a contract in which the only beneficiaries are the agent and the publisher.
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Writing is more than just putting words on a page. In order to become a successful writer, one must also become a businessperson. In the coming months, we will feature bloggers, websites, and publishing tools for writers to help them learn the business of publishing, and hopefully find that success we all long for.
That’s it for this month. Happy holidays, however you celebrate them, and we’ll see you in the New Year.
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Roh Morgon writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and horror. Her latest novel in her Chosen series, Runner: Book II of The Chosen, was released in October 2017. Roh can be found on Facebook while her website is undergoing reconstruction.
As you can see, the road to indie publishing can be daunting, and it’s littered with the carcasses of failed books. But if you choose this path, do it with your eyes wide open and make every effort to present your book in the most professional manner possible—because your competition is not only other indie-published books whose authors have figured out how to navigate that road, but books from the traditional publishers who built it.
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Roh Morgon is an indie author of “urban fantasy with a romantic bite.” She recently released two books from her series The Chosen—a second edition of Watcher: Book I of The Chosen with a new edit, additional scenes, and a new cover; and its sequel, Runner: Book II of The Chosen. She can be found on her blog, Facebook, and Amazon.
Here’s a short blurb on Watcher:
Sunny Martin’s been a monster - or so she thinks - since the night she was drained of her blood and left for dead. But when she falls in love with Nicolas, the mysterious leader of The Chosen, she discovers a startling truth behind her savage nature which may force her to choose between her heart and the last remnant of her human soul.