As an indie authorpreneur, it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends, not only in self-publishing, but in the publishing industry as a whole.
Here are some sites and blogs that I read regularly. Some of them cover the publishing industry, including news, book deals, and job moves. Others give updates on the indie world, such as Amazon algorithm changes or hot book genre trends. And some speculate on the future of publishing, and how digital affects the way books are made and consumer. I’ve found them all useful and often fascinating:
- The Book Designer
- The Bookseller
- Chris McMullen
- The Creative Penn
- Digital Book World
- The Digital Reader
- The Guardian (Self-publishing section)
- Jane Friedman
- Joe Wikert’s Digital Content Strategies
- LibraryJournal Info Docket
- The Passive Voice
- Publisher’s Lunch
- Publisher’s Weekly
- Publishing Perspectives
- Publishing Trendsetter
- The Scholarly Kitchen
I’ve also set up Google alerts for the keywords “book publishing”, “digital publishing”, “ebooks” and “self publishing.” Come to think of it, I should probably add another one for “indie authors.” I get these alerts once a week (I used to get them daily, but found that to be too overwhelming).
As for my list, I get most articles delivered to my inbox, which I scan in the mornings. If something looks particularly interesting, I bookmark it to read more thoroughly later.
This is definitely not a complete list–there are so many helpful sites out there. Where do you go to get your news?
Editor’s note: This post originally appeared February 2016.
Porter Anderson says
Thanks for mentioning Publishing Perspectives in your list here — I’m its Editor-in-Chief, and it’s great to be included.
I wonder if you’ve heard about the new subscription industry newsletter specifically for authors from Jane Friedman and me? It’s called The Hot Sheet. There’s lots of information here about it, and a 30-day free trial for anyone who’s interested. http://bit.ly/1VArkzY And in fact, if your readers would like to write to me — [email protected] — and tell me they read about this at your site, I can offer them a special discount on their first year’s subscription, too.
Hope you’ll check it out, and all the best,
Awesome–nice to “meet” you! The Hot Sheet sounds like an excellent resource. Thanks for pointing it out!