News You Can Use – May 29, 2012

Self-Publishing: Under 10% Earn a Living – An article out of Australia makes a bold claim. I would claim, however, that only 10% of traditionally published writers earn a living too. Of course that depends on your definition of “a living.”

100 Best First Lines from Novels – In honor of the last two weeks where we talked about “first lines” I found this article from the American Book Review that chooses the top 100.

Stephen King’s 20 Tips for Becoming a Frighteningly Good Writer – Jon Morrow extracts the best parts from King’s book on writing and then applies it to the blogger.

Six Ways Copyeditors Make Your Book Better – Linda Jay Geldens makes an excellent point. Never skip this step before putting your work out in the public.

The No-Tears Guide to Podcasting – There are many who say podcasting is an excellent way to extend your platform and engage your readers.

Two Excellent Articles about Commas: Their use and misuse – written by Ben Yagoda
Fanfare for the Comma Man
The Most Comma Mistakes

5 Responses to News You Can Use – May 29, 2012

  1. Jeanne May 29, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Thanks for these links. I didn’t have time to check them all out, but the one with tips from Stephen King and using some of his wisdom to improve blogging skills was great. Blogging still intimidates me, but I can see ways to work on that with what’s shared. Thanks again!

  2. Jennifer Dyer May 29, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Thanks for the great links! It’s nice to have you all as a resource.

  3. Michael Duncan May 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Thanks! I read the article on self publishing and wonder if you have any thoughts on traditional vs. self publishing? As the chairman of Thomas Nelson, my guess is that you prefer tradtional publishing, but I’d like to know your thoughts on the other. I am both tradionally published and self published and I lean towards the traditional publishing model. I appreciate the feedback and the support from my publisher as well as the professional editing and collaboration I experience. I get no such communication from the self publishing house I used, and only an occasional request to purchase ad space.

    • Steve Laube May 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      Michael,
      Not sure where you got the idea I’m the chair of Thomas Nelson. I’ve never worked for that company. You are thinking of Michael Hyatt.

      I suggest you read Nathan Bransford’s post. I agree with his evaluation of the differences. http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2012/05/traditional-vs-self-publishing-is-false.html

      • Michael Duncan May 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

        Whoops! I was reading two blogs at the same time – both you and Michael Hyatt’s! Egads… what a mistake. Forgive this amazing blunder. :)

        Now, however, I still would love your thoughts on the question of traditional versus self publishing.

        And, if you need too… feel free to delete the previous comments. I am truly sorry for confusing the two of you–but you both have such good blogs. I’ll try not to make that mistake again.

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