Indie News Beat: (Re)Stating the Obvious

Our first stop this edition is at Publishers Weekly, and their report on the highly-trailed “Author (R)evolution Day” earlier this month. That rather pretentious title at once makes me suspicious, and I didn’t have to read far before slamming into a trite platitude. Step forward Kobo’s Mark Lefebvre with this message for struggling, self-published authors: “Don’t wonder how you will get discovered – think about what you are going to do to deserve being discovered.” Yeah, thanks. And the conclusion? That we have to adapt to changing social media, and of course we shouldn’t forget the importance of word-of-mouth recommendations. Really, Holmes, you astound me. Continue reading “Indie News Beat: (Re)Stating the Obvious”

A Treasure Trove of Miscellany

Here at Indies Unlimited, we scour the globe to bring you news of all kinds of doings, happenings, events and stuff like that. Here are a few interesting tidbits from around the old net.

First there is a period, then there is no period, then there is. It seems like the correct style for writing abbreviations is in flux. Daily Writing Tips answers questions about abbreviations.

My Bologna has a first name…If you haven’t heard of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair before, it’s kind of a big deal.

The MIT Technology Review discovered that Amazon has the data that all advertisers want—what millions of people are shopping for—and now it plans to use it. Probably for evil. Maybe not.

Pity for the Penguin? Publisher’s Lunch says maybe thing don’t look quite as rosy for Pearson as they are letting on.

The Business of Books has an interesting article on good reasons writers should consider submitting to lit mags.

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