By Kat | July 4, 2011
There’s a ton of publishing blogs out there. Blogs by authors, editors, agents, interns, and most of all, writers. I have read a lot of them, and certainly didn’t find all of them useful, entertaining or interesting. Also, there’s a lot of endless repetition of traditional publishing information: how to write a query letter, how to get an agent, and so on. Not always relevant for authors who are publishing their own ebook.
So which publishing blogs are worth your time? I’ve made a selection of 10 blogs that are relevant as well as just fun and informative:
A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing by author Joe Konrath. Joe’s a master of ebook publishing promotion, and he’s earning his money where his mouth is, with enormous Kindle ebook sales. He also has a ton of guest posts from succesful and struggling ebook authors.
Pub Rants by literary agent Kristin Nelson. Kristin reports on agent deals, analyzes publishing contracts and generally provides a ton of info. Ebook authors might be most interested in her posts on current and coming trends. Remember, the books that are in brick & mortar bookstores now started their publishing track as long as two years ago; what agents are looking at right now is part of the book trend to come. And as the blog name indicates, Kristin is not afraid to snark:
(…) we saw a lot of fantasy novels with main characters gathering herbs in the forest. Who knew what a popular past time that was? Openings with battle scenes where the reader had no connection to the characters was another big winner.
Amanda Hocking’s Blog by author Amanda Hocking. Amanda’s only 26 and has sold millions of Kindle ebooks on her own. Now she’s also got a traditional publishing contract: $2 million for her next four books. Her blog is friendly, chatty and informative, and she has down-to-earth advice for her fellow ebook authors: Pretty Much Everything I Have to Say About How to Do What I Do .
Anne R. Allen’s Blog, by romantic suspense writer Anne R. Allen. She writes smart, incisive posts on all aspects of ebook and traditional publishing, from the writer’s point of view. For example, she points out that understanding literary agent contracts is vital, even for self-published ebook authors, and here’s why: if you’re a Kindle bestseller, agents will come trolling for you, hoping you’ll sign up with them. And the worst of the bunch add horrific clauses to their contracts.
Nathan Bransford by literary agent Nathan Bransford. Nathan collects tons of publishing news, from the ebook and traditional sides of the fence, and gives his own take on new developments. In Amanda Hocking and the 99-Cent Kindle Millionaires, he gives a rundown of traditional publishing costs versus ebook costs that’s worth taking a look at, and analyzes Joe Konrath‘s and Amanda Hocking‘s success.
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books by romance readers Sarah and Candy, and an impressive roster of commenters that includes romance bestsellers Nora Roberts and Laura Kinsale. For romance readers and writers, this blog is essential. Sarah and Candy break away from the pink-edged nicey-nice romance book culture — they grade their reviews from A to F, and if they find out an author’s plagiarizing they’ll tell the world. They’re also funny as hell, and that’s what makes their blog well worth a visit even if romance is not your bag. Their greatest hits are a good place to start reading, and their Covers Gone Wild series will crack you up.
Miss Snark, by an anonymous literary agent. Why on earth am I recommending a blog that isn’t updated anymore? Because Miss Snark is just that good. She used her anonymity to give unvarnished, snarky, often hilarious advice to writers on just about everything to do with publishing. Her fans have provided the Index to her blog archive; check out her first page critiques and general writing advice.
Faceout Books, by book designer Charles Brock. Every week, Faceout Books showcases a bookcover and interviews its designer. Whether you intend to design your own book cover or want to know which designer to hire, this blog is full of inspiration.
The Business Rusch, by SF & fantasy writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch. She has a lot of experience in publishing, as a magazine editor as well as a writer, and The Business Rusch is a section of her blog devoted to business advice for writers. Check out her Surviving the Transition series:
I want you to know that most of what you learned, experienced, and understand about the publishing industry—the industry you have worked in for decades—no longer applies.
Writer Beware by writers Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss. Writer Beware is a publishing industry watchdog group, run by writers. They will keep you informed of all the scams and shady dealings in the world of publishing, and hand out a lot of useful marketing tips as well.