Current events! How do you keep up with the current events of self-publishing or indie publishing? It’s hard! So much happens every month: Amazon changes of policy, Facebook policy changes, new services to help you do XXX, new strategies for XXX, and so on.
You want to keep up with new ideas, strategies and tips for writing, illustrating and marketing. But there are only so many hours in a day. Here are a couple ways I keep up.
Indie Blog Carnival: Round-Up of Great Blog Posts that Month
Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer blog runs a monthly blog carnival.
Each month bloggers submit the best of their blog articles here. You can also sign up to be reminded to submit. You can access the archives here. The team at The Book Designer goes through submissions and organizes it according to these topics:
- Indie Author
- Marketing and Selling Your Books
- Self-Publishing Success
- Writing Tools and Tips
- Book Design and Production
- eBooks and eBook Readers
Featured Post on Issue #83
I’m excited that my post, Illustrators: Finding and Working with an Illustrator for Your Children’s Picture Book is one of the featured articles this month. I’m always thinking about what topics will have a wide usefulness, so it’s nice to be recognized on the carnival.
One blog post on this month’s Carnival is of particular interest to children’s writers. You Kate Sullivan’s post, Children’s Literature Genres: The Difference Between Children’s Lit, Middle Grade, YA, and New Adult
Podcasts: Current Events in the Indie World
To keep up with relevant events, I also listen to several podcasts. I love to listen when I walk in the mornings. Usually I have a books-on-tape going in my car, but sometimes, in between books, I’ll listen while driving, too. I love Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn podcast. As part of the (very) long intro, Joanna often talks about current events. I like her podcast because she’s such an interesting, passionate person.
But my go-to podcast for current events is the Sell More Books Show podcast, hosted by Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen. What a pair! They are a contrast of styles, opinions, and writing background. Jim doesn’t like to read or write much, but instead serves the indie community with the AuthorMarketingClub.com. Bryan is a novelist and also offers services as a copy writer to write book descriptions.
While I sometimes cringe at Jim’s rants, I find the show valuable because they focus on the weekly news. They, or one of their capable interns, scan the week’s news, blog posts, rumors, announcements, etc. and present the current events in a clear, easy-to-digest format. Sometimes, the hosts are presenting information about a topic outside their expertise and still fell compelled to make comments. Well, I gloss over those. Because overall, the show is entertaining and most important, it keeps me up to date with current events.
Other podcasts might interview different authors on a certain topic. Then, I must be interested in that topic or I’ll skip the podcast. It’s hard to skip the Sell More Books Show because I worry that I’ll miss some important update.
That’s my favorite two ways to keep up with current events in the Indie world. How do you keep up with current events?