The Wednesday Five: Publishing Process (June 19)

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Note: The Daily Word does not take the stance that one type of publishing is superior or inferior to any other. Many Wednesdays the majority of The Daily Five is devoted to self-publishing, but only because indie publishing is so popular right now; there is more fresh content on self-publishing (versus traditional publishing) to choose from. We do attempt to split the day’s content equally between both publishing avenues. 

Publishing Strategies: Traditional Publishing
from Lauren at Writing Gooder

How Self-Published Books Are Made: Start to Finish (PART I)
from Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Self-Publishing My First Book: Lessons Learned
from Jeanette Jones at simplybusinessresearch

Designing Your Book Cover Series: Part 1
from Michael N. Marcus at Author Mingle

Should You Blog Your Novel?
from Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Publishing Resources

Your Guide to Self-Publishing from Christian Cawley at MakeUseOf

Everything I Know About Self-Publishing from Gayle Laakmann McDowell at Hackpad

Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog from Chuck Sambuchino at Writer’s Digest

Tales of Rejection from Annie England Noblin

The Wednesday Five: Publishing Process (May 1)

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The New Era of Self-Publishing
from Allison Winn Scotch at Writer Unboxed

Twelve Things I Learned by Publishing via Amazon
from Rhystate at Authorpreneur Magazine

The 4 Best Strategies for Savvy Self-Publishers
from Brian A. Klems at Writer’s Digest

How to Pitch Your Book Idea to Publishers
from Doris at Savvy Writers & e-Books Online

5 Secrets For Getting A Literary Agent To Read Your Query
from Staff at Writer’s Relief

Bonus Cautionary Article:
ALLi Watchdog: Agent Assisted Self Publishing
from How to Successfully Self-Publish

Bonus Funny:
When I try to explain how publishing works to my family
from Writer’s Relief Tumblr

Bonus Oldies:
10 Steps to a Great Pitch!
from Kevin Hanrahan at his site

17 Things Self-Publishers Need to Know about Book Design
from Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

15 Common Mistakes Found in Query Letters
from Mike Wells at The Green Water Blog

The Wednesday Five: Publishing Process (April 3)

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The Future of Reading and Writing: Book Experts Weigh In
from Tina Plottel at Mercury News: Entertainment

What Editors and Publishers Look for in Authors
from Stephanie Karpinske at Writing Belle: The Art of Storytelling

When Self-Publishing is Just Screaming Into the Void
from Chuck Wendig at TerribleMinds

Cover Art
from Joe Konrath at A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

BiblioCrunch, WattPad Connect Authors with Readers
from Mercy Pilkington at Good E-Reader

8 Links: Hooking Readers, NaNoWriMo, and More

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From Lyn Midnight‘s WriMos FTW! (a blog-hub for 2011 Nanoers):
Whammo! You hooked ’em! by Julie A. Lindsay
A great article on the importance of hooking readers in the first pages of your novel, including tips to help make that happen.


From Jody Hedlund‘s website:
How to Keep Writing When the Honeymoon is Over
Tips to help you stay with your first draft after the initial euphoria is gone.


From Bob Mayer at Write it Forward:
The real gatekeepers in publishing now? Authors.
Tips to help you establish and maintain your status as a published writer.


From The Writers’ Workshop:
Quick Guide to Writing Convincing Characters
Another excellent approach to an essential pre-writing step.    


From EelKat on Squidoo:
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods
13 steps to success from one of my favorite Tweeters.


From Scott Eagen‘s blog:
A NaNo No No
If you’re so behind on NaNo you don’t have even a wisp of hope of catching up, take heart. Not everyone believes NaNoWriMo is worth it.


Writing friends on Twitter: follow Jon Winokur (from AdviceToWriters) for excellent daily writing tips.


Finally, just for fun – from The Office of Letters and Light (official organizers of NaNoWriMo):
The 30 Covers, 30 Days Blog
Why not take a break from writing to browse a few well-done book covers? You may find some inspiration here (or at least a cover artist worth bookmarking for the future).