I have to admit right off the bat—I prefer books. I like having all the information I need between the covers of something I can hold in my hands and refer to frequently. I’m learning to appreciate blogs as long as I don’t have to look for something specific. For instance, if I want help understanding pricing strategies, I prefer David Gaughran’s books over an internet search. Even if they are “outdated,” as I was told earlier, they give me a starting point. From there, I can at least know what I’m looking for when I have to turn to the internet.
That being said, I do have some favorite blogs. Here’s my short list:
KM Weiland’s stellar Helping Writers Become Authors
Writer Unboxed, a collaborative blog that includes agent Donald Maass (and you know I’m a fan)
AuthorCulture, another collaborative blog that is still one of my favorites—never mind that I’m one of founders/collaborators.
Daily Writing Tips for editing/grammar help
The Creative Penn for just about everything
JaneFriedman.com holds a wealth of information covering every aspect of the business.
Self-Published Author by Bowker, definitely one of my new faves pertaining to marketing and promotion techniques.
I’m sure I’m leaving some out. These days I focus less on the how-tos of writing and direct more attention to the how-tos of marketing and what they’re calling authorpreneurship. Whether we publish independently or traditionally, the burden of marketing our books lands primarily on our shoulders, so learning tips and techniques is vital. The same can be said about the indie’s responsibility for pricing, launching new books, and keeping books that are already published up in the rankings.
Do you have favorites? Please share!