Whether you’re planning to go the traditional publishing route – querying agents, hoping to land a publishing deal with one of the big publishing companies – or decided to go indie – work with independent publishing houses where you carry some of the costs – or decided to self-publish – outsourcing the editing, design and other aspects to professionals while being in charge of the entire process – you’re going to need all the sound advice you can get.
If you’re going to jump into the deep end without any idea how to swim, you might just drown.
That’s where the excellent – free! – resources on respected blogs come in. By reading the advice, real-life stories and warnings on these blogs you can go into the publishing game with your eyes wide open.
My top reads for surviving the publishing game:
These blogs have helped me to understand the publishing industry a lot better. You don’t have to take everything they say as the only truth, but their insights might save you a lot of tears, frustration and money.
Anne R Allen is a self-published cosy mystery author who has had experience with different sides of the publishing industry. Ruth Harris is a bestselling author with insights into the editorial process. They continually have guests who share their expertise of the publishing industry.
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group collects information about the entire publishing industry to share with authors. They have guest posts by experts, anthologies by published authors sharing their experience and expertise, and a blog hop every month where authors share their triumphs, insecurities and wisdom.
Joanna Penn curates information on everything book related – from writing, to getting published, to marketing and beyond. Guest posts, podcasts and everything else you might need on your publishing journey. Her focus is on the author as entrepreneur.
Jane Friedman has regular guest posts by authors who’ve tried every type of publishing – sharing their experiences, horror stories, success stories and expertise. She also has tips on writing and marketing.
Kristen Lamb helps authors with every stage of their journey. She has classes, a support group, a book to help you with conquering social media, and lots of free advice. Her blog posts cover everything from getting over the fear of being published, learning how to write like a pro, marketing your brand, and learning how to work for yourself instead of working for others. Her blog is a true gem.
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group has an excellent collection of writing resources – including more blogs you can read to help you – in their 2016 April A-Z posts.
I hope you find these resources as helpful as I have. Are there other blogs you’d recommend?
Author: Ronel Janse van Vuuren
Ronel writes dark fantasy filled with mythology and folklore, some of which can be read on Wattpad and on her blog Ronel the Mythmaker. When not leading her Rottweiler pack or arguing with her characters, she’s writing award-winning fiction.