Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, June 19, 2012

“All things e(lectronic)” seems to be the theme of the day. Let’s start with e-books:

  • We’ll start with Kathleen Pickering’s (@KatPickering) announcement on The Kill Zone, MOVE OVER HARDCOVERS: E-Books Just Outsold You. A word of caution–even “audited” sales numbers aren’t necessarily accurate, but Piks’ point is clear: e-books are becoming more and more of a reality and a force in publishing. You can run from them, but you can’t hide–and why would you want to, anyway?
  • Melissa K. Norris (@MelissaKNorris) offers step-by-step instructions on How to Create a Free E-Book for Your Website on WordServe Water Cooler. Why do this in the first place? Melissa’s reasons include thanking your readers for visiting and to give (literally) them a sample of your work, with the hope/intention that they’ll like it enough to buy more.
  • Over the weekend I mentioned Yuvi Zalkow’s (@yuvizalkow) video on writing tools. That prompted Gwen Hernandez (@Gwen_Hernandez), author of Scrivener for Dummies, to offer More Things to Love About Scrivener on Writer Unboxed. Now, I haven’t “drunk the Kool-Aid” on Scrivener (at least, not yet), and I do worry a bit about it becoming over-hyped or overly complex (even more than it already is), but at the same time, it IS a cool tool and Gwen’s piece offers some tips I wasn’t aware of.
  • Getting out of e-books but staying in the e-world, Rachelle Gardner (@RachelleGardner) asks Should Unpublished Novelists Be Platform-Building? Not surprisingly, the answer is “yes, but secondarily to learning the craft of writing.” Seems like common sense, doesn’t it, but as they say, “common sense ain’t so common!”
  • And finally, stepping out of the e-world, Robert Bruce (@robertbruce76) provides a short list of What Classic Novels Were Almost Called on 101 Books, plus a link to more names we’re glad didn’t get used. Trimalchio in West Egg anyone?

Have you come across something great, good, or just cool today? Share it with us in the Comments below.


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