5 blogs all writers should subscribe to

As much as we love being purveyors of great information, there is simply no way for us to curate all the incredible and constantly-changing insights into the publishing (and self-publishing) industry in a weekly post.  Hence, we’ve gathered a list of five blogs any one who is (or aspires to be) an author should be receiving in their inboxes or Readers.  In other words: subscribe to these blogs!

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Five Blogs Writers Should Subscribe To

Michael Hyatt: A best-selling author with experience in literally every aspect of traditional publishing, Michael Hyatt’s insight into the industry and related topics such as platform, technologies, and business make his blog a must-read for writers.

Rachelle Gardner: As an agent, Rachelle offers insight into the ins and outs of getting a publishing deal and what to do once you have one.  Her blog is filled with practical and relevant information about crafting proposals, managing your brand, and more.

Chad AllenErin first met Chad at Re:Write and since then we have both become huge fans of his blog.  Chad is an editorial director for Baker Books.  We are fans of his down-to-earth writing style and willingness to offer his experience as a means for helping others achieve their goals.  {His advice for improving my author bio was immensely helpful!}

DuoLitShannon and Toni are filled with knowledge and experience about self-publishing.  Covering topics from branding to technology and everything in between, we find that DuoLit is one of our “go to” resources.  Plus, their PDF resources are incredible!

Nick Thacker:  Nick’s tagline is “on living and writing well.”  His blog is a great mix of tools, ideas, and encouragement for doing just that.  If you haven’t visited Nick’s blog, go now.  It’s definitely one of our top five.

What are your must read blogs for writing and marketing insight?

so you want to write a book

The good news is there are more options for publishing and spreading your message than ever before.   Last weekend, I was at a conference in Nashville for writers and the topics of e-books, self-publishing, and traditional publishers were, naturally, hot topics in sessions and between the attendees over lunch.

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Wayne Hastings, the former Senior Vice President of Thomas Nelson Bible Group, shared in one session that 20% of books published in 2011 were e-books.  Twenty percent.  The opportunities are out there and the resources and tools are readily available.

Understanding the differences – both good and bad – between traditional publishing and self-publishing (including e-publishing) helps us make the best decisions about pursuing our writing goals.

Here are few articles we have read lately that will be valuable to anyone contemplating writing a book:

Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing are not Mutually Exclusive from The Creative Penn.   A great article that explores all the options including a blending of traditional and self-publishing because, as the author states, “Most authors write more than one book.”

The Shocking Truth about Launching a Writing Career by Jeff Goins.    ”You are a writer when you say you are.”  Words of wisdom from one of our favorite bloggers and writers, Jeff Goins.  Oh and we also highly recommend his new e-book, You are a Writer.

4 Insights I Gleaned from Building My Own Platform by Michael Hyatt.  If you want to be a writer, in any way, shape, or form, you should be subscribed to Michael Hyatt’s blog.  Period.  This post is a great example of the way he teaches, encourages, and challenges.   Plus, these insights are excellent building blocks for anyone who seeks to grow an audience and build a tribe.  And, by the way, Michael has a new book on this topic of platform, but he really wants you to wait to buy it.

And one last one to help you with your blog, The Write Practice has created a list of essential plug-ins for authors.

So, tell us, do you want to write a book?  What are your thoughts on publishing?

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