News You Can Use – July 31, 2012

#1  Secret of Great Writers – Joseph Putnam reveals a secret that everyone should know.

Great Keynote Speech from RWA – Stephanie Laurie graciously posted her rousing keynote presentation on the business of writing. (Thank you Debby Mayne for the link!)

21 Links to Fonts for Self-Publishing – One of the biggest mistakes I see in self published books is the use of the wrong font. This incredible resource from The Book Designer blog will give you a crash course on what works and what doesn’t if you are attempting to create your own print book. Even if you aren’t self-publishing this type of “course” will give you a greater appreciation for the “art of book-making.”

The E-Book Marketplace is About to Change … Dramatically – Mike Shatzkin details the implications of the Department of Justice proposed settlement with some big publishers regarding the accusation of price-fixing online.

The Shakespearean Guide to Entrepreneurship – a clever post about how Shakespeare transformed himself from an als0-ran writer to “The Bard.”

How I Did Research for Three NY Times Bestsellers – Ryan Holiday talks about his secrets to doing great research.

2 Responses to News You Can Use – July 31, 2012

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    Mike Manto July 31, 2012 at 4:16 am #

    I thought I’d share this link to a recent article from the Toronto Globe and Mail about the ebook marketplace and what it means for professional writers. I don’t agree with everything said but he argues that career authors are being driven out of the business due to the growing expectation for cheap ebooks.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/there-will-be-no-more-professional-writers-in-the-future/article4441060/

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    Timothy Fish July 31, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    I agree that rewriting makes for better writers.

    As for fonts, the worst mistake I’ve ever made was publishing a book without permission to use the font. I purchased the font as soon as I discovered what I’d done, but it made me nervous for a while.

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