As the market evolves, so do the tools available to writers.
Personally, for the moment I’m pursuing traditional publication. However, I do not exclude that in the future I may want to publish something independently: I see no reasons why (and I haven’t read to the contrary) not to experiment with both options.
Self publishing is not considered vanity publishing anymore (although for some still is, but equally, not all traditionally published books are golden), and it does allow for more personal experimentation, both in terms of narrative, content and marketing strategies.
I came across two interesting looking tools, both free at the basic level (of course there always premium options to pay for, if one wants more themes, formats, etc), covering most I think of the digital publication modes and platforms available:
I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I thought you may want to look into them if you’re thinking of self-publishing. They both come highly recommended (various sources, articles, etc), and seem relatively easy to use (usual procedure: register a free account, start uploading/choose your options, etc).
Once I’ve used them, I’ll write a review. If you know of similar tools/softwares, do share 🙂
Ah, Board Games! I love them 🙂 In the back of my mind, I have a deep seated wish to invent one (do you invent a board game? do you assemble it? do you design it?).
In the meantime, have fun with this selection by flavorwire:
10 Board Games (for book lovers)
I support genre fiction in general, and speculative fiction in particular (genre has so many nuances, these days, good and bad, and for some, it excludes literary endeavours, which I really don’t agree with!)
This is an interesting article from the Guardian about the 2013 scifi trends (a HBO series of Gaiman’s American Gods? Sounds jolly to me 🙂
Give yourself some off time from writing, now and then, and instead read a book, watch a film, have a walk or go to a museum. We have senses that can be stimulated by diverse experiences, and it can all be channeled to enrich your writing.
First of my weekly posts, something for writers.
1) Duotrope (a web-list of venues for submissions and competitions) apparently moved from being free to asking for paid registration (I haven’t checked it yet myself).
These guys (Diabolical Plots) are offering a substitute website, for free: a place where you can upload your submissions, keep track of acceptances and rejections, browse the available markets, etc etc. The system is still in beta, therefore expect a few glitches, but it’s worth looking into it:
The Submission Grinder
I’m going to register and see how it works 🙂
2) Two competitions here:
Made-up Words competition
The Jeffrey Archer Short Story challenge
My writing advice for the month of January:
Look at your writing projects, and make a priority list. It’s easy to get distracted, because all projects are shiny, but pick one and make it a priority, so that one will get finished. And then on to project number two on the list.
I’ll be away for a few days (a funeral, to say goodbye to a dear friend, and a visit, to say how-are-you to an old friend), give myself some time to grieve and regroup, but just so you know, plans for 2013 are as follows:
- One weekly post (on any of the topics discussed until now and anything else may be interesting, with the usual collection of links to useful bits and bobs from the web)
- An update on the services I offer as writers’ coach and content editor (two new static pages with all the info)
- Random updates on my writing activity (because, if I can, you also can 🙂 academic and creative
- A monthly post with answers to your questions on writing (leave your questions in comments and I’ll collect and reply to them to the best of my ability)
My priority for next year, 2013, will be to finish the nth draft of my novel and send it away to agents.
Do you have priorities for next year? Feel free to share 🙂
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.
Click here to see the complete report.